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VentureLab CEO Cristal Glangchai on how entrepreneurial camps prepare kids for their future
When VentureLab CEO Cristal Glangchai started her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, she noticed she was practically the only woman around. While working for 3M in Austin, she was the only woman. Other engineers would see her and ask her to bring them coffee!
While earning her her PhD in biomedical engineering, Cristal started a drug development company and – again – realized no women were there to join her. After eight years in that company, she decided to do something about the lack of women in her chosen field. Joining the faculty at Trinity University to teach engineering, Cristal added a focus on entrepreneurship to her classes when it became obvious that the young women she taught had never been exposed to the idea.
Not long after, she created VentureLab to introduce the idea of entrepreneurship to kids as young as five years old.
Five seems young to some people to teach kids to become entrepreneurs, but I believe that it’s the BEST time to teach them. At VentureLab we tell kids they can do anything – design apps, build things, start their own companies – BEFORE they get into junior high.”
Through VentureLab, Cristal and her team are inspiring a new generation to become creators, developers, and business owners. Kids learn at a young age that anything is possible, opening them up to future professions they never knew existed.
VentureLab’s curriculum is based in science and core educational classes that students need to learn. We deliver it all in a fun way and with an entrepreneurial twist – kids grow to see themselves as business leaders.”
Spots are still available in Austin’s summer camps! Each week-long program is offered Monday through Friday from 9 AM–3 PM, with extended-care options from 8–9 AM and 3–4 PM. Each camp is offered to three age groups—children ages five to seven, eight to ten, or 11 to 13—with curriculum tailored to each age group. All camps are hosted at Valley View Elementary or Hill Country Middle School in Eanes ISD
This summer’s Austin camps include:
- Gamer — July 6–10: “Your child will learn everything from game design and development to market research and sales; we show your gamer how to use start-up skills to follow their passion!”
- Youth Startup — July 13–17: “Teams gain hands-on experience starting a business. Students will brainstorm product ideas, develop prototypes, design a website and enhance their public-speaking skills.”
- Maker — July 20–24: “Robots, 3D printers and circuits galore! If your child is hands-on and loves to tinker, we can show them the exciting new ways that entrepreneurs use technology to solve real-world problems.”
VentureLab’s weekly summer camps in Austin run from July 6 through 24. Now’s the time to register your kids, so they can begin experiencing the entrepreneurial mindset and seeing themselves as innovators, both now and in the future!