Build your Own Social Startup
(The BOSS Program)
The BOSS program is not just a course, but an incubator and real world launchpad for student-run startups.
Students develop entrepreneurial mindset to ideate, pitch, prototype, and launch their own organizations driven by social missions. Young social entrepreneurs learn to develop strong teams and business models, empathy with customers and users, and a strategy for optimal sustainable impact.
Student entrepreneurs develop genuine empathy with customers and users, practice the techniques of rapid prototyping and experimentation, and learn from constant feedback by testing their social business ideas with real world users and community members as much as possible.
BOSS Students will...
Identify and analyze social or environmental problems to solve
Form teams, identify roles, and work together as a real student startup
Use design thinking techniques to ideate & prototype a solution
Use lean startup methodology to test products and companies with real world users and communities
Pitch to panels of expert entrepreneurs, advocates, government representatives, and potential investors
The Entrepreneurial Journey
An Overview of the BOSS Experience
The BOSS Program carefully layers the startup formation process: from zero, to concept, to validation, to launch and traction - students develop entrepreneurial and designer mindset as they create real social ventures that solve real problems. This course can be delivered across the span of an academic school year, or as more targeted units, mini-courses, or lessons that can be customized for any school, incubator, or educational initiative.
Partner with us
We deliver social innovation programs that emphasize real world problem solving, social entrepreneurship, design for community, and youth activism. Our programs are available as after school, elective, or summer courses.
Partner with us as K-12 school leaders, teachers, and young innovators that will solve the world's most urgent social and environmental problems in the 21st century. Support our movement as donors, government partners, education advocates, and supporters of youth empowerment.
Access to Transformative Education
Free & Publicly Offered Social Innovation Programs for Youth
Public school funding in the United States comes from federal, state, and local government funds. Nearly half of these funds come from local property taxes, creating large differences in funding for schools between wealthy and impoverished communities - especially in urban and rural parts of the country.
Every year over 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States. The country's distressed education system has produced over 2,000 "dropout factories" - high schools that graduate less than 60% of their students. 1 in 6 students attend a dropout factory in the United States. 1 in 3 minority students (32%) attend a dropout factory, compared to 8% of white students.
Cambio Labs operates as an educational nonprofit that delivers free and sponsored programs to students in low-income school districts. As a social venture, any income generated through charitable fundraising, grants, or the sale of educational toolkits and services will be administered for the purpose of offering free courses to Title 1 schools and the country's most disadvantaged students.
We help young people discover a future in entrepreneurship, civil service, and the creative sector while they develop mindsets and skills to find purpose and employment in the 21st century. Within and beyond the USA, Cambio Labs advocates for universal access to quality education and legislative policy that supports youth-led innovation.