Copernicus Entrepreneurship Olympiad - Copernicus Olympiad

Copernicus Entrepreneurship Olympiad

Join us for an unparalleled entrepreneurial journey at the Copernicus Entrepreneurship Olympiad in the heart of Silicon Valley organized by Copernicus Olympiad and TechDev Academy. This four-day event is designed to ignite your innovative spirit, connect you with global entrepreneurs, and equip you with the skills to shape the future of business. From inspirational keynote speakers to hands-on workshops and a thrilling competition, this immersive experience will empower you to transform your ideas into reality. Don’t miss this opportunity to network, learn, and be recognized among the brightest young minds in entrepreneurship!

Key Highlights:

  • Inspiring Keynote Speakers: Gain insights from renowned entrepreneurs who have made a mark in the industry.
  • Interactive Workshops: Learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, idea generation, market analysis, prototyping, pitching, and financial planning.
  • Networking Opportunities: Engage with entrepreneurs, mentors, and like-minded students from around the world, fostering valuable connections.
  • Entrepreneurship Competition: Showcase your innovative business ideas and compete for recognition and exciting prizes.
  • Immersive Silicon Valley Experience: Immerse yourself in the vibrant startup culture of the world’s leading innovation hub.
  • College and Career Advancement: Participating in the Olympiad will provide you with a competitive edge for college admissions and future career prospects. It demonstrates your initiative, entrepreneurial mindset, and ability to innovate.
  • Global Participation: Interact with students from various countries, gaining diverse perspectives and broadening your entrepreneurial horizons.
  • Award Ceremony: Celebrate the achievements of outstanding participants and be inspired by a keynote speech from a prominent entrepreneur.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

Immerse yourself in our transformative 4-day entrepreneurship program, based in the vibrant ecosystem of Silicon Valley. Drawing on the expertise and network of this renowned hub, our program brings together mentors from top companies, promising startups, and even esteemed institutions like Stanford University. Prepare to be inspired, learn from industry leaders, and unlock your entrepreneurial potential in this unparalleled environment of innovation and opportunity.
Throughout the program, you’ll:
  • Attend informative sessions, including introductions to entrepreneurship and lectures on fundamental concepts.
  • Learn practical skills through workshops on idea generation, validation, business modeling, market analysis, prototyping, and MVP development.
  • Enhance your pitching and presentation abilities.
  • Engage in networking sessions with experienced entrepreneurs, global students, and industry experts.
  • Receive expert mentoring and feedback to refine your business ideas.
  • Explore financial planning, funding strategies, marketing tactics, and legal considerations for entrepreneurs.
  • Participate in an entrepreneurship competition, showcasing your presentations and pitches.
  • Attend an award ceremony and gain inspiration from prominent keynote speakers.
  • Celebrate and network with fellow participants during a dedicated event.
“Our program offers a well-rounded curriculum designed to empower and equip aspiring entrepreneurs with the tools they need to succeed.”
Day 1:
Morning Session:
Registration and Check-in (9:00 AM – 10:00 AM)
Welcome Address by Event Organizers (10:00 AM – 10:15 AM)
Introduction to Entrepreneurship (10:15 AM – 11:00 AM)
Keynote Speaker: Renowned Entrepreneur (11:00 AM – 11:45 AM)
Break (11:45 AM – 12:00 PM)
Afternoon Session
Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship Lecture (12:00 PM – 1:00 PM)
Workshop 1: Idea Generation and Validation (1:00 PM – 2:30 PM)
Workshop 2: Business Model Canvas and Market Analysis (2:30 PM – 4:00 PM)
Networking Session with Entrepreneurs (4:00 PM – 5:30 PM)
Day 2:
Morning Session:
Recap of Day 1 (9:00 AM – 9:15 AM)
Workshop 3: Prototyping and Minimum Viable Product (MVP) Development (9:15 AM – 10:45 AM)
Workshop 4: Pitching and Presentation Skills (10:45 AM – 12:15 PM)
Break (12:15 PM – 1:00 PM)
Afternoon Session:
Panel Discussion: Successful Entrepreneurs’ Journey (1:00 PM – 2:30 PM)
Workshop 5: Financial Planning and Funding Strategies (2:30 PM – 4:00 PM)
Networking Session with Global Students (4:00 PM – 5:30 PM)
Day 3:
Morning Session:
Practice Day: Refine Your Presentation and Pitch (9:00 AM – 11:30 AM)
Expert Mentoring: Receive Feedback and Guidance on Your Business Ideas (11:30 AM – 1:00 PM)
Lunch Break (1:00 PM – 2:00 PM)
Afternoon Session:
Workshop 6: Marketing and Growth Strategies (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM)
Workshop 7: Legal and Ethical Considerations for Entrepreneurs (3:30 PM – 5:00 PM)
Networking Session with Industry Experts (5:00 PM – 6:30 PM)
Day 4:
Morning Session:
Final Preparation for the Competition (9:00 AM – 11:00 AM)
Rehearsals and Pitch Refinement (11:00 AM – 12:30 PM)
Lunch Break (12:30 PM – 1:30 PM)
Afternoon Session:
Entrepreneurship Competition: Presentations (1:30 PM – 4:30 PM)
Break for Judging and Deliberation (4:30 PM – 5:30 PM)
Evening Session:
Award Ceremony (5:30 PM – 6:30 PM)
Keynote Speaker: Prominent Entrepreneur (6:30 PM – 7:15 PM)
Networking and Celebration Event (7:15 PM – 9:00 PM)
Please note that the program and the specific duration for each session may vary based on the importance and depth of the topic. It’s also advisable to have flexible time slots and buffer periods to accommodate any unforeseen changes or delays.
Additionally, you may consider incorporating team-building activities, mentorship sessions, or even a small exhibition area where students can showcase their projects or ideas throughout the four days.
Eligibility Requirements:
Grade Level: The competition is open to 8-12 grade students.
Team Size: Participants can compete individually or form teams, with a recommended team size of 2 to 4 members.
Prerequisites: No specific prerequisites are required, but a passion for entrepreneurship and innovative thinking is encouraged.
Registration Requirements:
Registration Form: Students or teams should complete an online registration form providing their basic information, such as names, school affiliations, contact details, and grade level.
Consent and Permissions: If participants are under the age of 18, parental consent and permission for participation, photography, and video recording should be obtained.
Submission process:
Once registered, students will submit their initial idea (title) and subject area. We welcome participants from diverse categories, which may include social entrepreneurship, technology startups, sustainability, and green initiatives, consumer products and services, health and wellness, education and EdTech, financial technology (FinTech), hospitality and tourism, food and agriculture, and creative industries and media).
In addition, we will provide detailed project guidelines to help students in the selection process and ensure their success. These guidelines will cover various aspects, including idea development, market analysis, business plan creation, and presentation skills. Our aim is to provide comprehensive support and resources to all participants, fostering their entrepreneurial growth and maximizing their potential for success.
Submission steps:

Registration: Simple registration, quiz plus questionnaire to measure student intellectual level. This will be paid to take it and evaluate the project.

  • After this, students if they are compatible will be asked to do full registration (your full package/s).
  • Wherever student registers, we will be providing them to our online LMS system where they will have an access to our recorded entrepreneurship sessions.
  • They will have an access to our monthly preparation meetings (live).

Preparatory Phase: From the time of registration until the event date, students will gain access to online resources, mentoring, and workshops to help them develop their ideas, refine their business plans, and enhance their presentation skills.

Supporting Materials: Along with the idea proposal, students are welcome to submit additional supporting materials, such as market research data, preliminary business plans, or concept sketches. These materials should help showcase the viability and potential of their entrepreneurial idea. Supporting materials can be provided until the pitch day.

Actual Event and Feedback Mechanism: During the event, students will participate in lectures, workshops, and mentoring sessions where they will learn more about entrepreneurship. They will receive feedback and guidance from experts and mentors to refine their ideas and presentations.

Pitch Day and Selection: On the designated pitch day, students will present their business ideas to a panel of judges or evaluators. The panel will assess the creativity, feasibility, market potential, and innovation of the ideas and score the pitches accordingly.

Awards Ceremony: An award ceremony will be held to recognize and celebrate the achievements of the participants. Winners will be announced, and prizes or accolades will be awarded to outstanding participants based on the judges’ evaluations.

Q&A SECTION
1. What is the duration of the entrepreneurship program?
The entrepreneurship program lasts for 4 days, with a comprehensive schedule covering sessions, workshops, mentoring, and networking opportunities.
2. Where is the program taking place?
The program is based in Silicon Valley, the renowned hub for innovation and entrepreneurship.
3. What kind of mentoring and support will be provided during the program?
Participants will have access to experienced entrepreneurs from top companies, promising startups, and esteemed institutions like Stanford University. They will receive expert mentoring and feedback throughout the program.
4. What topics will be covered during the workshops?
Workshops will focus on idea generation, validation, business modeling, market analysis, prototyping, MVP development, pitching and presentation skills, financial planning, funding strategies, marketing tactics, and legal considerations for entrepreneurs.
5. What networking opportunities are available during the program?
Networking sessions will feature experienced entrepreneurs, global students, and industry experts, providing a platform for attendees to connect, share ideas, and create potential collaborations.
6. How do I register for the program?
Complete the registration on website, providing your basic information, such as name, school affiliation, contact details, and grade level. Parental consent and permission may be required if you are under 18 years old.
7. Will there be any awards for the competition?
Yes, Copernicus Olympiad will allocate a total of $25,000 to the top 5 projects, with each project receiving $5,000. Additionally, partner organizations and sponsors may make separate contributions.
8. How can I submit additional supporting materials for my business idea?
Participants are welcome to submit supporting materials, such as market research data, preliminary business plans, or concept sketches, showcasing the viability and potential of their entrepreneurial ideas. Supporting materials can be provided until pitch day. Submissions will be made through our Learning Management System (LMS).
9. What if I don't have a business idea to present for the competition? Can I still participate?
If you’re interested in entrepreneurship but don’t yet have a specific business idea, don’t worry. The program includes sessions and workshops focused on idea generation and validation. You will receive guidance and mentorship to help you brainstorm and refine a business idea.
10. Are there any resources available during the preparatory phase?
Yes, registered participants will have access to exclusive online materials, regular preparatory meetings, and detailed project guidelines throughout the year to help them succeed in the program.
11. Is there a recommended team size for the competition?
While individuals can participate alone, it is recommended to form teams with 2 to 4 members for the competition.
12. How long should the pitch be?
You will have a maximum of 5 minutes (3 mins for presentation and 2mins for Q&A) to pitch your idea.
13. Will participants receive a certificate upon completion of the program?
Yes.
14. Can I put this certificate on my resume for college applications?
Yes, you can use the certificate for your resume.

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