High School Students: Circular Economics Forum
A Three-Day Virtual Conference for High School Students
Brought to you by the Bates Center at Lewis & Clark College
July 25 - 27 | 2022
The Bates Center for Entrepreneurship & Leadership at Lewis & Clark College is hosting its first (virtual) high school program this summer, the Circular Economics Forum. It is open to all high school students, including international students, and will take place from 9 AM - 1 PM PST on Monday, July 25 - Wednesday, July 27th in an immersive, online format.
We’re committed to not just teaching processes for entrepreneurship and innovation, but entrepreneurship for a more sustainable future. The “circular economy” might not be a familiar term, but it should be. We want students to understand the massive opportunities present for innovation in the “circular economy,” a market space for businesses that prevent waste, circulate products through renewal, and develop new business models that create value without using finite resources.
Throughout the conference, students will be inspired by entrepreneurs and leaders in the circular economy, they will connect with college student mentors and a team of their peers, and they will learn and practice strategies for ideation and innovation, including lean startup methodology and the business model canvas. We’ve built an inclusive and transformative online experience that will include inspirational speakers, mentorship, team-based challenges, learning by doing, and great (circular) prizes.
We encourage all interested students to apply now as acceptances will be made on a rolling basis and participation will be capped at 100 students. The program fee is $185. Scholarships are available to all students who express financial need thanks to generous sponsorship support.
*Students who complete the Circular Economics Forum and subsequently apply to and are accepted into Lewis & Clark’s undergraduate program will be awarded the college’s Pioneer Award (currently valued at a minimum of $20,000 per year) or a merit-based scholarship of greater value in place of the Pioneer Award. The name and value of the Pioneer Award is subject to change each year.
Successful completion equals full attendance, cameras on, and completion of daily activities.