Youth Entrepreneurship

Biz Institute & Biz Camp

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Cost: FREE
Applications: Closed
Date: TBD
Days: 1st and 3rd Saturdays
Hours: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Biz Institute is a free intensive virtual year-round program for students ages 13-18 years. It includes interactive activities and guest speakers aimed at providing students with a solid business background and ultimately launching their businesses. This program is intended for students who have a business idea and seek the push to make their venture successful.

At this time, two competitions are slated for youth participants that will commence this spring.

In addition, Biz Institute participants have the opportunity to compete in the NFTE YEC City-wide Competition with a first prize of $2500.

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Applications for BizCamp Summer 2024 are Now Open

Biz Camp is a free three-week entrepreneurship summer camp for boys and girls ages 13-18 where students learn how to turn their ideas into reality through planning, analysis, and real-world application of what they learn in the classroom.


Da Vinci Schools
201 N. Douglas Street
El Segundo, CA 90245

Cohort 1:

Monday, June 10 – Friday, June 28
Class time: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Business Plan Competition on June 28th 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Cohort 2:

Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 26
Class Time: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Business Plan Competition July 26th  8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Biz Camp kids in class

Application Process

The Biz Institute selection committee will review all applications and recommendations. Selections will be based on the applicant’s answers to the essay questions and their recommendations. Please complete the application in its entirety. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Mandatory Parent and Student Interview:  Interviews for the student and the parents must be conducted prior to acceptance into the program.

If selected to participate, you must agree to complete the program in its entirety.


Meet Your Instructors

Rhonda Holbert

For 25 years Rhonda Holbert served as Director of Special Projects for the Los Angeles Urban League where she collaborated with business community leaders to form LA Collaborative. She also facilitated and lead business development learning, managing and implementation of new business opportunities in addition to facilitating educational workshops and programs.

Crystal Mitchell

Crystal Mitchell is a business professional and the owner of Mitchell Business Solutions. She is also the co-director of Recycling Black Dollars, a non-profit business that aids in the economic development of the African American community by encouraging support of Black businesses. As a small business coach and consultant, she provides entrepreneurs with access to the necessary tools, mentorship, and resources that support each stage of their business’ development to ensure growth and success.


“The Urban League taught me to not only believe in my business, but also to believe in myself. It has shown me that entrepreneurship can be profitable.”
April Tate

BizCamp Participant

“BizCamp helped me gain a new view and mindset about starting a business. It has shown me that there is more to a business than a good idea.”
Christopher Young

BizCamp Participant