OVERVIEW

We're kicking off the 2022 Season with our Entrepreneurship 101 workshop, which is open to participants of all experience levels. More seasoned entrepreneurs will take part in our Advanced workshop, exploring the paths of three dynamic women founders whose mission-driven enterprises are making an impact in the world. Participants will leave our workshops empowered and inspired to crush it at our Spring Pop-up Shop in Orinda, California!

 

Here's what you have to look forward to...

BEGINNER

ENTREPRENEURSHIP 101 WORKSHOP

Prerequisites:

None; all are welcome

Please note:

Completion of this course (current or past) is required for participation in the pop-up shop

 

March 20

1:00 – 2:00 PM 

Virtual via Zoom

ADVANCED

FOUNDER HOUR WORKSHOP:

PRODUCTS WITH PURPOSE

Prerequisites:

Entrepreneurship 101

Please note:

Completion of this course is required if you wish to participate in the pop-up shop and have already completed Entrepreneurship 101

March 20

3:00  4:00 PM

Virtual via Zoom

ALL LEVELS

IN-PERSON

SPRING POP-UP SHOP

 

Prerequisites:

Entrepreneurship 101 or Founder Hour

Please note:

Upon completion of "Entrepreneurship 101" or "Founder Hour: Products with Purpose", students may participate in the optional Spring Pop-up Shop

May 1

2:00 – 5:00 PM (Arrive at 1:00)

Orinda Library Plaza

Here are all the exciting details...

BEGINNER

MARCH 20

Entrepreneurship 101

Prerequisites: None; All are welcome
1:00 - 2:00 PM; Virtual via Zoom

This 60-minute session will cover:

  • Identifying an idea based on your passion or a market need

  • Defining your target customer

  • Conducting benchmarking research

  • Calculating cost, price and margin

  • Developing your product

  • Crafting and delivering an elevator  pitch

  • Developing a basic financial plan 
     

Note: Completion of this course, Nasdaq Camp or Accelerator (current or past) is required for participation in the pop-up shop 

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ADVANCED

MARCH 20

FOUNDER HOUR WORKSHOP: PRODUCTS WITH PURPOSE

Prerequisites: Entrepreneurship 101 

3:00 - 4:00 PM; Virtual via Zoom

This 60-minute session will cover:

  • Extraordinary entrepreneurs in women’s history

  • The responsibilities and characteristics of a founder

  • An up-close look at three visionary women founders (case studies)

  • Key mindset: turning problems into opportunities for impact

  • Design challenge and rapid ideation game

  • Charting your unique path forward

 

Note: Completion of this course is required if you wish to participate in the pop-up shop and have already completed Entrepreneurship 101

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POP-UP SHOP

MAY 1

Spring Pop-up Shop 

Prerequisites: Entrepreneurship 101 or Founder Hour

2:00 - 5:00 PM (Arrive at 1:00 PM)

Orinda Library Plaza

Participants will:

  • Actively promote our Spring Pop-up Shop to ensure a bustling marketplace

  • Produce between 25 - 50 pieces of inventory

  • Merchandise and staff a table with their own one-of-a-kind products or services

  • Pitch their products to shoppers during our Spring Pop-up Shop

  • Fund their business endeavor and keep 100% of their profits (Tuition should not be deducted when calculating profit * )
     

Please note: Upon completion of "Entrepreneurship 101" or "Founder Hour: Products with Purpose", students may participate in the optional Spring Pop-up Shop

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CAREFULLY REVIEW THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION

 

TUITION:

Tuition for this program is $90 per child. 

* Girls Crushing It is an educational nonprofit. Unlike a craft fair, your tuition/registration fee covers our entrepreneurship programming i.e. curriculum development, instructors etc. The Spring Pop-up Shop is an optional, free event for students to gain practical experience. As such, tuition should not be deducted when calculating your child's profit.

CONSIDERATIONS:

  • This program is geared for ages 8 - 17

  • Business experience is not required to apply for this program, however applicants should have a well-honed business idea

  • Drop-off is strictly prohibited for the Spring Pop-up Shop; Parent/guardian must remain on site at all times 

  • We are unable to accommodate businesses selling food

  • Business expenses are the sole responsibility of the participant

  • The pop up shop will be held outdoors. Participants will be expected to follow all applicable Covid-19 protocols and mandates in effect during the time of the event
     

EXPECTATIONS:

Your child will be expected to adhere to the following Spring Pop-up Shop schedule (parental/guardian support is required):

1:00 - 1:15 PM Arrive and unload supplies

1:15 - 2:00 PM Set up table

2:00 - 5:00 PM Actively manage shop and sell to customers (taking breaks as necessary)

5:00 - 5:30 PM Break down table

WE PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING TO EACH BUSINESS FOR THE SPRING POP-UP SHOP:

  • (1) Table

  • (1) Chair

  • (1) Tablecloth

  • (1) Simple table-top sign with your business name

  • (1) 10x10' Tent (shared with 13 other businesses) 
     

YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING FOR THE SPRING POP-UP SHOP

  • Your products

  • Display stands

  • Pricing information (tags, chalkboard signs etc.)

  • Cash box, equipped with change and/or mobile payment processing option (Square, Venmo, Paypal etc.)

  • Packaging supplies (note: gift bags will be available for purchase by shoppers)

  • Water bottle, snacks, sunscreen (note: food truck(s) will be on site)
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PAST PROGRAMS

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MASTERCLASS: MASTERING YOUR PITCH

January 23, 2022

Girls Crushing It and Title Nine are teaming up to offer up-start entrepreneurs ages 10 - 17 a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sell their products in-store at Title Nine's bustling Berkeley, California location and a $500 cash prize to invest in their business endeavor. This course helped to equip participants with the confidence and skills to crush their pitch!

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FALL 2021 POP-UP SHOP

September 25, 2021

Our young entrepreneurs sharpened up their pitch skills and dusted off their display stands for our first in-person pop-up shop in 18 months. We were elated to set up shop at the Moraga Pear & Wine Festival.

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VIRTUAL SPRING POP-UP SHOP

March 20 - 21, 2021

This pop-up was a blockbuster! Hundreds shoppers logged on for this virtual event where budding entrepreneurs sold everything from jewelry with inspirational messages to custom pet stickers and Nigerian-inspired handbags.

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP 101 + e-COMMERCE

February 2021

In response to the overwhelming demand for our programming, we launched our East Contra Costa (ECC) County cohort, which sold out. Girls participated in e-commerce workshops in preparation for our ECC Virtual Spring Pop-up Shop.

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GIRLS CRUSHING IT STARTUP ACCELERATOR

October 10 - 31, 2020

This entry-level program was offered to girls in the early stages of starting a business as well as those kickstarting a business from scratch. Participants were awarded startup capital, stipends and had access to 1:1 business coaching. 

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RETAIL WORKSHOP +
PANEL DISCUSSION

March 1, 2020

Lafayette, CA

 

Our young entrepreneurs learned the fundamentals of brick and mortar retail operations and how to develop a go-to-market strategy for their business, including engaging with a panel of local shop owners in preparation for our Pitch Day.

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POP-UP SHOP AT GIRLS FESTIVAL

November 9, 2019

Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA

Girls Crushing It joined forces with WorldWideWomen Foundation for the 4th Annual Girls Festival at San Francisco's iconic Palace of Fine Arts. It was a life-changing day of power and possibility, and our girlpreneurs delivered pitches and sold products to the nearly 6,000 attendees.

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GIRLS CRUSHING IT x NATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE

October 16, 2019

Lafayette, CA

Girls learned about the gender pay gap and the importance of flexing their entrepreneurial muscles at an early age.

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Pivotal Twist - Art of Leadership

May 22, 2019

Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, Lafayette, CA

Our founder, Roxanne Christophe, spoke about inventive methods to foster organizational growth. 

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WINTER POP-UP SHOP

December 9, 2018

Lafayette, CA

Our Winter Pop-up Shop was bustling with 600 shoppers, who found gifts for everyone on their list. It has since become an annual tradition.

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SILICON VALLEY POP-UP SHOP @ GIRLS FESTIVAL

October 6, 2018

Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

We were so honored to join forces with Girls Festival for a day of empowerment as 4,000 festival-goers visited our pop-up shop.

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OUR VERY FIRST POP-UP SHOP AT THE MONTCLAIR FARMERS MARKET

May 28, 2017

Oakland, CA

After starting small businesses at school, Christophe and Sophie Davis recruited buddies (a.k.a business partners) to join their business. They quickly saturated the market at school and headed to the local farmers market to sell their wares.

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VIRTUAL WINTER POP-UP SHOP

December 3-5, 2021

With everything from pet supplies and housewares to handmade works of art and accessories, our Virtual Winter Pop-up Shop had something for everyone on your holiday list.

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BUSINESS TRIP TO

TITLE NINE HEADQUARTERS

Summer 2021

Our entrepreneurs participated in an interactive, behind-the-scenes trip to Title Nine headquarters—the largest independently-owned and operated retailer in the women's fitness and adventure space. The day included  department tours, product ideation and presenting to Title Nine CEO, Missy Park. 

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MASTERCLASS: CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE (CX) & ONLINE SHOP EXCELLENCE

February - March 2021

This masterclass was offered to our advanced cohort who have been working for more than a year on launching and managing their online storefronts. Our customer experience curriculum was truly MBA-inspired and equipped our seasoned entrepreneurs with the skills to help take their shops to the next level.

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VIRTUAL WINTER POP-UP SHOP

December 5 - 6, 2020

After migrating their businesses online, more than 50 of our girlpreneurs sold their products at our Virtual Winter Pop-up Shop. Thousands of visitors logged on to shop and support our young entrepreneurs as they flexed their leadership muscles during the pandemic.

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NASDAQ CENTER YOUTH CAMP WITH

GIRLS CRUSHING IT: COURSE #2

July 19 & 26, 2020

Along with Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, we offered Course #2: Give Your Business a Social Distancing Makeover. In this course girls used Stanford d.school's design thinking framework to strategize ways to adapt their business models in response to the pandemic.

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WINTER POP-UP SHOP

December 15, 2019

Lafayette, CA

Our young entrepreneurs sold their wares to more than 600 shoppers at our Winter Pop-up Shop, which was a festive affair. With everything from bath products to stationery and organic dog treats to handmade works of art there was something for everyone.

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP 101

WORKSHOP + PITCH DAY

November 3, 2019

Orinda, CA

Our freshman class of entrepreneurs learned everything from business planning to product sourcing and budgeting to delivering a great pitch at our Entrepreneurship 101 Workshop.

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BRAND IDENTITY + PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

October 20, 2019

Capital One Café, Walnut Creek, CA

In preparation for our Winter Pop-up Shop, (2) sold-out cohorts of girls participated in our Brand Identity and Product Photography Workshop at Capital One in Walnut Creek.

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SPRING POP-UP SHOP

May 5, 2019

Orinda, CA

With 100+ girlpreneurs setting up shop, this event was high impact. We partnered with SewNow!, who produced a girlpreneur fashion show featuring products on sale at the pop-up shop.

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP 101 WORKSHOP + PITCH DAY (Cohort B)

November 18, 2018

Orinda, CA

In preparation for our Winter Pop-up Shop, our girlpreneurs learned the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. They also honed their pitches in a small group setting.

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SPRING POP-UP SHOP

May 6, 2018

Orinda, CA

After our debut at the farmers market, we put a call out on social media for a few girls to join us at our next farmers market pop-up. More than 40 girls signed up and we outgrew the farmers market. More than 400 people attended this event, and we incorporated as a nonprofit shortly thereafter.

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CEO SELF-CARE FOR TWEENS & TEENS

November 13, 2021

Our entrepreneurs grabbed their coziest pajamas for a self-care pajama party with Girls Crushing It BFF, Angela Caglia. Girls learned lifelong skills to help balance their busy lives and nurture their​ emotional well-being. They also had fun trading tips on finding pockets of joy.

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VIRTUAL SPRING POP-UP SHOP

April 17 - 18, 2021 

The Virtual Spring Pop-up Shop enabled girls to sharpen their e-commerce skills and featured girls selling everything from handmade accessories and housewares to stationery and pet supplies. 

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP 101 +
e-COMMERCE 

February - March 2021

Our Spring session sold out in one minute, and thousands logged on for our first Virtual Winter Pop-up Shop. We were blown away by the ingenuity and enthusiasm we witnessed as these entrepreneurs pivoted to e-commerce.

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ZOOM WORKSHOP: CRUSHING IT DURING A PANDEMIC 

October 18, 2020

In preparation for our Virtual Winter Pop-up Shop, girls learned how to pivot their businesses in response to the pandemic. ​This included benchmarking best practices, adapting their products & business models, pricing & logistics. This course culminated into launching an online shop.

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NASDAQ CENTER YOUTH CAMP WITH

GIRLS CRUSHING IT: COURSE #1

July 13 - 17, 2020

We partnered with Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center to offer Course #1: Entrepreneurship 101. In this entry-level course, girls from around the world learned the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. The course culminated into a Pitch Day Party.

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POP-UP SHOP + GIRLS WHO RUN THE WORLD CEO PANEL DISCUSSION

December 8, 2019

San Francisco, CA

Girls sold their wares and attended a panel discussion with CEOs Tina Sharkey of Brandless, Lily Kanter of Serena & Lily and Boon Supply and Robyn Goldman of Smitten Ice Cream

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BRAND IDENTITY + PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

October 6, 2019

Google Community Space, San Francisco, CA

Our Girls Festival cohort of girlpreneurs traveled from all corners of the Bay Area to participate in our Brand Identity and Product Photography Workshop at Google Community Space.

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GIRLS CRUSHING IT AND SEE HER LEAD PARTNER FOR TEEN SUMMIT

June 20, 2019

Charlotte, NC

We partnered with See Her Lead for their week long teen summit which included workshops and pitch event culminating into a holiday pop-up shop.

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WORKSHOPS: SELLING THROUGH  STORYTELLING & FINANCIAL LITERACY

March 24, 2019

Orinda, CA

In preparation for our Spring Pop-up Shop, 100+ girls and their families attended our MBA-inspired workshops which included Selling Through Storytelling and Financial Literacy.

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP 101 WORKSHOP + PITCH DAY (Cohort A)

October 28, 2018

Cl​aremont Hotel, Berkeley, CA

Sixty of our girlpreneurs learned the fundamentals of entrepreneurship (including crushing their pitch) from Bay Area CEO, Pam Kostka.

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP 101 WORKSHOP

April 15, 2018

Lafayette, CA

In preparation for our spring pop-up shop, our entrepreneurs attended a Business 101 Workshop, which included a girlpreneur panel discussion with young business owners.