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Explore entrepreneurship as you develop your own website, find prospects, identify new opportunities and learn about your strengths and interests.

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//01 Pick a startup

Choose from eight different businesses you can start today! Lesson plans, video tutorials and guidebooks show you how each job is done and how to bid, prospect, market and manage your business.


//02 Set your goals

You provide the goals and we provide the vehicles and tools to get you there. You can get what you want out of life, one step at a time, starting today.


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//03 Find your domain

Put a stake in the ground and claim your domain. Learn how to build your own website and show the world who you are. You may enjoy it so much that you’ll want to build websites as your first business adventure!


Find a Domain

Be your own boss

It’s never too early to start your own business. Young entrepreneurs don’t necesarily need startup capital in order to start a profitable service business.

With Startup Smartup, you’ll learn the keys to success: creating and marketing your brand, providing good customer service, being dependable with your offerings, building a referral network, and communicating effectively. And the best part? You get to set your own hours and prices.

If you’re looking to go to college, being a business owner will set you apart from the pack. If you want to continue down the entrepreneurial road outside of college, getting started early will give you the foundation you need to build any kind of business.

Proven Methods & Resources

Our optimized process is proven to get results for the young entrepreneur.

  • Structured Lesson Plans

  • How-to videos

  • Tools of the trade

  • Step-by-step guides

  • How to bid for projects

  • How to prospect

  • How to manage your business and retain clients


Hundreds of happy entrepreneurs! More testimonials »

Startup Smartup is needed now more than ever

Startup Smartup is needed now more than ever. With job markets and college admissions tougher than ever, today’s youth depend on the key 21st century skills of creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. These skills are not learned from a textbook but from real life experiences. In addition, many of today’s youth are at risk for anxiety, depression, obesity, and addictions. Life skills, confidence, and independence are protective factors for these and other health conditions. Startup Smartup will help young people obtain better health physically, emotionally, and financially.

— Shimi Kang

Psychiatrist and Author of The Dolphin Parent and Self-Motivated Kid

From the founder

I started a window washing business in 7th grade. At the time, I was interested in getting a new CD player but my parents said they didn’t have the money so I asked them what I could do to earn some. Over the course of the next 15 years, my window washing business not only got me that CD player but 3 cars, 8 trips to Europe and admission to one of the top Universities in the country along with a half scholarship. Being a young entrepreneur has benefitted me in ways I could have never imagined back in 7th grade. Even 10 years after graduating I still found employers interested and impressed with what I had done so many years ago. Owning your own business teaches and develops a skill set that you won’t learn from a book, allows you to control your own schedule and pays far better than any alternative. It is one of the best things I ever did for myself and it’s something that I encourage students to do today.

— Justin Ghiglia

Founder Startup Smartup

Get ready for the future

As we know, not every student desires to go to college. Many also can’t afford the high price tag that now comes with a college education. The Startup Smartup program has brought our 21st century learners to a level that has made them feel ready for their futures. They now understand that they can make their own money and support themselves, if needed. Thank you Startup Smartup.

— Sheilah M. Brooks

Middle School Program Supervisor

Nearly half, 46 percent, of Millennials say they plan to start their own business

Entrepreneurship appeals to Generation Y. Nearly half, 46 percent, of Millennials say they plan to start their own business within the next five years, according to the findings of a new study commissioned by EMPLOYERS, a group of companies that provide workers’ compensation to small businesses.

— Infogroup, 2011