Pam Chmiel is the co-founder of the not-for-profit, Teen Entrepreneur Boot Camp (TEBC), a program that creates a REAL-working business model to teach entrepreneurship to high school students . Students from the acclaimed Stuyvesant High School in NYC are the latest to participants in this authentic business experience- they are learning to start a toy company.
Dr. Howard Wexler, Inventor of the game Connect 4, donated the first toy idea to the project, and worked with the students to further develop the idea and launch it into the marketplace.
The first product, Flip 'N' Check™, is a new twist on how to play dry-erase activity games for children 5 and up. It contains 20 different puzzles, mazes, crosswords, word search, and more. New teams of students will introduce themed versions of Flip 'N' Check™ each year as part of this ongoing program.
Next up, Flip 'N' Check™, Under the Sea.
TEBC has run numerous after-school and summer workshops on entrepreneurship in Lower Manhattan and have been featured in news articles in The Daily News, Crains's Magazine, as well as TV news reports on Fox Five Good Day New York, NY1, LX New York, and New York Magazine.
Want to know more about Teen Entrepreneur Boot Camp's Toy Project at Stuyvesant High School? Check out the booklet documenting the project, commissioned by Stuyvesant alumnus, Ray Lent of Placer Partners, and created by Natasha Marco of Navema Studios.