Camp Details

Game changers



Info Session:

  • 3/26 & 4/16 @4pm
  • Mitchell Park Library, Palo Alto

Game Changers Design Entrepreneur Camp helps teens (ages 13-17) explore and learn Silicon Valley entrepreneur skills and mindset so they can create a better world for their future. The camp promotes “Dare to dream. Dare to build. Dare to fail and persevere” culture when creating their practice start-up ideas in a fun, socially interactive, and informative way. Teens shape ideas into solutions and build prototypes by applying Design Thinking methodology. They formulate start-up pitch deck by tackling the sophisticated Lean Start-Up Business Canvas through games and team activities.  They will be mentored by senior Silicon Valley CEOs, angel investors, serial entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists. Our 2015 mentors WERE founders and leaders from Uber, Guitar Hero, WPP, Yahoo, KPCB, Zazzle, Oracle, Nestle, SAP, BootUp, Sand Hill Angels, and many start-up entrepreneurs. The camp culminates with teens presenting their start-up pitches at the Dolphin Tank (similar to Shark Tank on TV). Teens make long lasting new friends from around the world through teamwork and pitching challenges.

Empathy and Love for Grandpa Inspires Teen

Teens, in many ways, connote “trouble.” Neuroscientists describe the teen brain as slow to mature when it comes to impulse control and ability to plan ahead. However, in terms of intellectual power, a teen’s brain can match that of an adult’s. This high school teen’s love for his grandfather stirred him to use his tech-savvy brain to invent a sensor-based digital solution to the wandering tendencies of those affected by Alzheimer’s. His invention is simple yet powerful. Currently more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and one grandfather's challenge inspired a solution that can help those afflicted by the disease.

This summer 2016, we celebrate teen creativity with an innovative summer studio called Game Changers. When inspired, teens provide imaginative insights to solving world problems and come up with amazing life-changing innovations.

game changers (ages 13-17, FEE $1,795 FOR 2 WEEKS; Early Bird Price before 4/30 $1,695)

An Innovative summer camp foR high school design entrepreneurs


  • Have an idea to improve the world?
  • Want to build your idea into a business?
  • Want to differentiate yourself in your college applications?
  • Tired of just complying with school? Why not explore your passions?
  • Want to make new friends and work in a fun team?

Do something meaningful this summer

At Young Outliers, our goal is to help you discover your passions, develop your potential, and inspire you to create a better world through design entrepreneurship. For two weeks, find yourself in an exciting learning environment where ideas fill the air and the possibilities are endless. All we ask is that you come with an open mind.


The two weeks you spend with us will be anything but ordinary.

  • Learn to think analytically, creatively, and resourcefully using design thinking processes and lean start up concepts.
  • Articulate your thoughts and ideas in a safe space, without fear of grades falling or negative social pressure. 
  • Combine ideas, imagination and insight with technology to build new products and services, all while having fun.
  • Compete to get your project funded by angel investors. Kickstart your career in high school. Build an exceptional college application portfolio.
  • Connect with peers, young learners, and compassionate teachers. Find happiness in a positive, diverse community.

A fun and exciting summer paying job or community service credit. THE GAME CHANGERS STUDIO CONSISTS OF 5 PARTS: 

  1. Design Thinking - Discover the fundamentals of design thinking. Observe, approach problems from multiple perspectives, empathize, ideate, design, and iterate. Work in teams and learn to build on each other’s strengths.
  2. Lean Start-Up  - Learn to move and pivot quickly using the business model canvas. Build and test a minimum viable product. Determine: "Should this product be built?" and "Can we build a sustainable business around this set of products and services?"
  3. Digital Media - Get started on the basics of Photoshop, online website-building templates, presentation software and various programming tools. While we will encourage students to learn and use coding, it will not be a requirement for course completion.
  4. Start-Up Fund Competition - On the final day, present your business ideas in teams to compete for initial funding and advising. Young Outliers is partnering with key players in 500 Start Ups, leading VC firm Kleiner Perkins KPBC, and successful VCs in the Silicon Valley to provide funding and feedback on Game Changer ideas.  


Whether you’re a self-confessed introvert or the life of the party, knowing how to lead and how to get along well with others are indispensable skills. Through the Game Changers workshops, our hope is to see you graduate from Young Outliers with these 10 Silicon Valley traits:

 Articulate |  Curious  |  Analytical  |  Positive  |  Empatic  |   Spirited  |  Persevering  |  Active  |  Inventive  |  Facilitative

Discover the best version of yourself. sign up now and be a game changer!

Registering for a camp will take you to our trusted partner's website, Activity Hero.

Camps Dates: July 11 ~ July 22

Camp Schedule:

Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM

Camps Location:

JLS Middle School
480 E Meadow Dr
Palo Alto, CA

Camp Programs:

Week 1

Day Day 1, Monday Day 2, Tuesday Day 3, Wednesday Day 4, Thursday Day 5, Friday
Topics The Entreprenurial Mindset Design Thinking Lean Start-up Research & Design Pitching with Angel Investors
"The Entrepreneur" Positive Resourceful Empathic Inventive Anylytical Active Articulate Presevering Spirited Listener
Activities Team Games
From Gaps to Opportunities Activities:
  • Empathy
  • Define
  • Ideate
  • Prototype
  • Test
Innovative Business Models Product/Market Research and Design Teams Prepare Business Pitch
Your Passions and Entrepreneurial Possibilities Product Ideas and Business Models Angel Investor Speed Meeting
Resource Management Business Pitch Practice Practice Articulation and Feedback from Peers Reflections
Reflections, Observations, and Dialogue Product Ideas Reflections, Observations, and Dialogue Reflections, Observations, and Dialogue

Week 2

Day Day 1, Monday Day 2, Tuesday Day 3, Wednesday Day 4, Thursday Day 5, Friday
Topics Product Building Prototype, Testing, & Revisions Pitch Deck Practice Presentation & Amplification Dolphin Tank Graduation
"The Entrepreneur" Empathic Resourceful Curious Inventive Analytical Active Articulate Persevering Spirited Communicator
Activities Team Games Teams Prepare
Research and Design Build Prototype What is A Pitch Deck? Finalize Pitch Deck Prototypes DOLPHIN TANK Teams present pitch decks to Investors (VCs)
Branding Present Prototype to Class for Feedback Teams Create Pitch Deck 1.0
Technology Integration Revisions Present Pitch Deck to Class for Feedback Practice Presentations Reflections and Graduation
Reflections, Observations, and Next Steps

Camp Cancellation Policy:

  1. January - May 1: Receive a full refund minus a $50 processing fee for Activity Hero per session or class canceled
  2. May 2 - June 1: Receive a refund minus a cancellation fee of $50 processing fee for Activity Hero and $100/session for Young Outliers' one week camps and $300 for Game Changers
  3. After June 1: No refunds

A few other things to note:

  1. This policy includes all camp cancellations, regardless of original sign-up date
  2. We will credit refunds to the original payment method
  3. If child does not complete the camp, the fees are not refunded or prorated for days of camp missed due to illness or injury