GenTech is a tech-entrepreneurship program that provides hands-on learning experiences and mentorship opportunities for NYC high school students interested in transforming the world through tech-based innovations. Developed by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and supported by Microsoft and other major partners, GenTech aims to:

  1. Grow youth interest and activity in the business, entrepreneurship, and technology sectors
  2. Connect students with existing networks of NYC tech entrepreneurs, start-ups, universities, tech companies, and venture capitalists
  3. Empower students through real-world skill development in the areas of computer programming, problem solving, opportunity recognition, and leadership
  4. Help strengthen NYC’s entrepreneurial culture and environment in the long run

GenTech is built around the following four components that seek to educate and inspire students to pursue careers in entrepreneurship and technology:

  1. Summer Programming:  In a two-week tech-entrepreneurship bootcamp, students learn about technology fundamentals, including computer programming and 3D printing, as well as how to write a business plan and lean startup methodologies. Students develop basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and form teams to develop a mobile app and business plan aimed at improving education or the quality of city life for NYC students. Using the foundational skills from the bootcamp, students focus on building out their mobile app and business plans for another six weeks with a mix of evening mentoring sessions and group and independent work. Throughout the summer, students are exposed to the NYC tech startup ecosystem through guest speakers and field trips. (July-August)
  2. Mentorship & Enterprise Discovery:  : Students receive mentorship from local business/technology undergraduate and graduate students during the bootcamp phase. After the bootcamp, each student team is paired with a small team of Tech Mentors from industry-leading tech and business organizations. Tech Mentors provide support, insight, and guidance to students during evening mentoring sessions. Mentoring sessions are held at various tech-related companies throughout NYC.
  3. Demo Night & Awards Ceremony:  In September, students demo and pitch their finished apps and business plans to a panel of prominent judges from the technology and venture capitalist community. Members of the winning team receive cash prizes and all students are honored at an awards ceremony.
  4. Hackathons:  During the fall and early winter, GenTech students will participate in mobile app hackathons alongside professional developers and designers so that students can further develop skills in coding and design, gain more experience of working with tech professionals, and continue to build a network within the tech and startup sectors.
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Stay tuned for information about applying to next year’s program. You’ll come away with tech skills, a great group of friends and mentors, and inside knowledge about the NYC tech scene!

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