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6 Days to Startup

Kick start your career as an entrepreneur and innovator at one of the country’s premier startup programs. Spend six amazing days on the campus of Yale University learning from business gurus, developing your skills and acumen, and competing against other business-minded high school students in a “shark tank” experience.

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About National Youth Leadership Forum: Business Innovation

Your Future in Business Starts Today

National Youth Leadership Forum: Business Innovation – 6 Days to Startup is specifically designed to provide high school students with a foundation in business and the skills needed to lead the next innovative revolution.

At NYLF Business Innovation, you will discover your passion for entrepreneurship and innovation by competing in an exciting startup-style simulation that takes you from ideation to product launch, and challenges you to make the critical decisions that every successful entrepreneur must make.

Over six transformative days, you will gain hands-on business and startup experience, participate in a professional site visit, hear from and interact with recognized business leaders and some of Yale’s business faculty, and make connections with fellow high-achieving, business-minded students from all over the country.

Most importantly, you will leave the program with a clearer vision of your future career path and how to achieve your goals. By completing NYLF Business Innovation, you are eligible for college credit from George Mason University.

2018 Dates & Tuition

New Haven, CT Yale University July 8-13 | July 15-20 | July 22-27 | July 29-August 3 GMU College Credit
Cultural Extension
Tuition includes room & board, site visits & transportation during program, lectures, simulations, curriculum & materials, and faculty & staff.

Notice: NYLF Business Innovation is independent of Yale University, its faculty, and its admissions office.

Program Highlights

Startup-Style Simulation
Develop the next great idea through a collaborative simulation that allows you to apply the skills you learn to take your business from ideation to launch, and then compete against your peers.
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Speaking Events
Professionals in the field of business and members of Yale University’s esteemed faculty will supply insights from their own learnings and guide you through the key elements of launching a business.
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College Readiness
Experience college culture and gain valuable college success skills while residing on the campus of one of the most renowned universities in the world.
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Tuition for NYLF Business Innovation covers most of the expenses incurred during the Forum. Tuition DOES NOT cover transportation to and from the program LEARN MORE


Scholarships Envision offers a limited number of scholarships to qualified students each year based upon financial need, scholastic leadership, achievements, and other factors. LEARN MORE



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Payment Options

Payment Plan

You may pay in full today or choose to use one of our payment options. 

Enrich Your Envision Experience

After completing the program, you have the opportunity to enhance your Envision experience by participating in the Cultural Extension in New York City, where you will make new memories while exploring all that the “Big Apple” has to offer. You may sign up for the Cultural Extension during the enrollment process.



  • Is NYLF Business Innovation for me?

    This summer’s business program is for you if you are a high school student interested in exploring all of the various business career options available. NYLF Business Innovation is your springboard to achieving tremendous success in college and in a future career in business.

    To attend NYLF Business Innovation, you must be in grades 9–12 during the 2017-2018 school year. Many of our students are nominated by educators, leaders from youth organizations and participating institutions, but open enrollments are welcome from qualified high school students who want to make the most of this opportunity.

  • What is included in tuition?

    Your tuition for NYLF Business Innovation includes housing, on-campus meals, supervisory personnel, program materials, all program activities, site visits, a Certificate of Completion and local transportation during the program.

    However, your transportation to and from home and the program location is NOT included in tuition. While attending the program, you will only need money for off-campus meals, souvenirs, snacks and other incidentals.

  • How will I be supervised?

    Your safety and well-being during the program is our highest priority. The program is structured so that you will reside in a safe, controlled environment. You will be closely supervised by professionally trained staff, including faculty advisors who serve as educational facilitators and chaperones, security personnel, operations personnel and a program coordinator.

    For nearly 30 years, Envision has achieved a stellar record of safely and successfully enriching the lives of students, providing them with superb educational experiences and professional supervision. Other Envision safety measures include:

    • Greeting students at the designated airport upon their arrival and providing shuttle service directly to the program site, as well as providing shuttle service back to the airport on departure day*
    • Maintaining a student-to-staff ratio of 17-to-1
    • Providing same-sex rooms and same-sex floors
    • Requiring all students to attend all activities
    • Checking rooms nightly and ensuring that students remain in their rooms
    • Having night monitors in place to support students who may become ill or who have an emergency during the night
    • Equipping all staff members with two-way communication devices

    *There is a $70 nonrefundable roundtrip fee for shuttle service or a $35 fee for one-way shuttle service.

  • Where will I stay?
    For the summer 2018 NYLF Business Innovation program, all students are housed on the Yale University campus in New Haven, CT.
  • How many students share a room?

    Each room will house three students. You will have your own bed.

  • Can my parents attend the program?

    No. Your parents or guardians are not allowed to accompany you during the program. Gaining independence, including experiencing new things on your own, is an essential part of your growth during the program. However, it is perfectly fine for your family to travel with you to the program location and stay in the area while you are attending the program.

  • Can I attend if I am a student with special needs?

    Yes. If you are a student with special needs or with disabilities, we encourage you to enroll. We may be able to provide you with auxiliary aids and services to assist you. Please call our Office of Admissions for more information or to discuss your particular needs prior to enrolling in the program.

  • Do I need to make my own flight arrangements?

    Yes. Your tuition does not include transportation to and from your home and the program location. We recommend that you make necessary flight arrangements only AFTER you receive confirmation that you are officially enrolled.

  • What is the pre-conference assignment, FUEL?

    The first step of your leadership journey includes assessing your strengths and opportunities for growth. To aid in this assessment, you must complete a brief pre-program assignment entitled Feedback for Understanding Emerging Leaders (FUEL).

    The FUEL assignment will be available on your personal web page after you enroll. It simply requires that you choose five mentors – teachers, coaches, youth group leaders or other trusted adults – to complete a short survey about your leadership strengths. You also will complete a short self-assessment as part of the FUEL assignment.

  • Can special dietary needs be met?

    We make every effort to meet the dietary needs of all our students, provided the request is submitted prior to the start of the conference.  When you complete the Student Information Form, you will have the opportunity to make special dietary requests.

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