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Introduction to Enterprise Ages 14-15

Boston Summer School 2020

Also available in Cambridge | Oxford | Yale

We also offer a Business and Enterprise Programme for 16-18s

Join us in the buzzing heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts in summer 2020 for a two-week academic summer programme exploring the key principles of Economics along with cutting-edge Business Studies.

2 weeks | Available June - July 2020

  • Experience Ivy League college life
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's faculty
  • Talks and debates with expert guest speakers
  • A truly international environment
  • Inspirational cultural programme in Boston

Course Summary

This course is designed to introduce 13-15-year-old budding entrepreneurs to the skills required to found and manage their own businesses. Developing a broad understanding of global financial markets is crucial to this study, ensuring a worldwide comprehension of entrepreneurship.

The Introduction to Enterprise course from Oxford Royale Academy’s Summer School will provide participants with an unrivalled head start on the road to business success. The course will combine exciting, interactive study of the key principles of Economics and Business Studies with group projects, case studies and skill sessions.

What to expect from the Introduction to Enterprise course

By the end of the course, students will have gained an insight into entrepreneurship and business, learnt about the modern knowledge-based economy and gained an understanding of the international business environment. Students will also improve their teamwork through collaborative research on a group project, alongside learning about branding and marketing.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have:

  • Learnt how well-known entrepreneurs achieved their goals
  • Explored what it takes to found a company, both in terms of the greater vision required and the indispensable practical details
  • Learnt how to interpret national and international financial environments as well as how companies navigate challenging financial circumstances
  • Developed transferable skills

Topics covered

The Introduction to Enterprise course will cover a wide range of theory and concepts, including:

  • Business and economic theory
  • Skills and traits required to be a successful entrepreneur
  • The importance of understanding and calculating risk
  • Market research and developing a marketing plan
  • The evolution of business funding and investment
  • How the economy operates in national and international contexts
  • How fluctuations of the economy and the market affect a business
  • The key concerns when developing a business, from initial proposals to funding and operations

The table below gives an indication of the subject areas that will be covered in each day’s lecture and seminar. Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, please note that topics and timings may be subject to change.

Day Week 1 (Scroll right for week 2) Week 2
Monday Lesson 1: Rules and Regulations. Earning and Learning
Lesson 2: Thinking like an Entrepreneur
Lesson 3: Leadership & Teamwork
Lesson 11: Learning what it’s like to run a start-up business
Lesson 12: Tackling challenges & working together
Lesson 13: Communication, confidence and creativity
Tuesday Lesson 4: Researching Markets
Lesson 5: The Marketing Plan
Lesson 14: Funding our project and watching our expenses
Lesson 15: Putting it all together
Wednesday Field trip or Guest Speaker Lesson 16: FINAL Presentations
Lesson 17: The Business Environment
Lesson 18: How does an Economy Work?
Thursday Lesson 6: The Business Funding Revolution
Lesson 7: Manufacturing
Lesson 19: The International Context
Lesson 20: Recession and Expansion
Friday Lesson 8: How to measure success
Lesson 9: E-marketing: how to use the web
Lesson 10: Business & the Economy, an Introduction
Lesson 21: Monopoly, Duopoly and Oligarchy
Lesson 22: Dealing with Dragons!
Lesson 23: Intrapreneurship

Take this course if...

Take this course if you are a budding entrepreneur hoping to find out more about what it entails to run a business through a wider understanding of global markets.

Welcome to Boston - a true taste of American college life awaits!

View of the Charles River in Boston

Join us in Boston in 2020 and live and study in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts, a buzzing student city located in the Boston Metropolitan Area, and just a short trip away from downtown Boston. Experience student life in this thriving centre of academic excellence, home to some of the world's most prestigious institutions such as Harvard and MIT, and study a range of fascinating subjects with ORA tutors. Home will be a comfortable student campus in the centre of Cambridge, from which you will be able to explore Cambridge's quirky culture of cafés, second-hand bookshops, tech startups and more. (Please note that this program is not owned, controlled or supervised by Harvard University or any of its schools or programs.)

Typical street scene in Cambridge Massachusetts
Harvard bridge and view of Harvard university
Cobbled streets in Boston

Outside of class, the extra-curricular programme is designed to ensure students the most of Cambridge and the surrounding area. Students will enjoy guided tours of the city, its universities, museums and other most famous sites, along with excursions to downtown Boston and its iconic attractions such as Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox. On campus, workshops in leadership, team-building, public speaking and more are designed to ensure students develop their personal skills as well as their academic ability, all of which are put to the test in the 'Escape Challenge'!

Famous landmark in Boston
View of the entrance of MIT
View of entrance to Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox

Useful information for students & parents


Students at Boston will be accommodated in Hastings Hall, 1541 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138, in twin or single rooms. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for students at Hastings Hall, with bathrooms shared between small groups of students of the same gender.

Learn more about our Boston campus.

Pastoral care & student welfare

The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss university applications. Each campus has members of residential staff who live in the college throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • Must conform to our age policy.
  • Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on [email protected] and they will be able to assist you.
  • Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.

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