Gautam Bhargava is no ordinary teenager; last summer, having noticed that there were few resources for young Dallas entrepreneurs, he set about creating his own program with his peers. The result was SATUS, a three-week entrepreneurial accelerator program by teens, for teens that was held August 3-24 at The Werx in McKinney.
Last years program was such a success that SATUS 2016 is already growing in size, from 15 students last year to seeking out 40 young adults ages 14-23 for this years’ accelerator experience. Applications for SATUS 2016 are due July 16th, with the weekly workshops to be held each Tuesday and Thursday, from July 26th through Pitch Day on Saturday August 13th.
The program itself contains topics that any startup would expect to learn about from ideation, to the market, to validation and pitching, and offers young adults the opportunity to learn how to start a company and follow their desire to be an entrepreneur. SATUS guides each accepted fellow through the different elements necessary to successfully launch a company, while also offering creative and technical mentor-ship for product and brand development.
The fellows will learn critical skills that will be useful far beyond this summer. Along with the workshops each week, the fellows will have access to their mentors and partners from the program, whenever there is a need for help or assistance. Youth entrepreneurship does not need to be a unique or uncommon occurrence and Gautam and his team, including Jed Rollins, Bobby Thakkar, and Justin Pirk, are working to make youth entrepreneurship more attainable.