To help underserved youth cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset and prepare them to one day contribute to Puerto Rico’s socio-economic development.
To provide students with limited economic resources with the experiences, knowledge, skills, mentorship, and personal discover their potential to become successful entrepreneurs from an early age.
The Empowering Young Entrepreneurs (EYES Program) provides high school students in Puerto Rico with the tools, coaching, and opportunities needed to develop an entrepreneurial mindset focused on technology. The EYES Program encompasses two projects: Bravo Challenge for Youth, which launched in 2022, and Update && Upgrade, coming in 2023.
The EYES Program encompasses two projects:
BRAVO CHALLENGE FOR YOUTH
Launched in 2022
UPDATE && UPGRADE
Project coming in 2023
Our Pilot Project seeks to foster a new
generation of young entrepreneurs by
equipping them with abilities and skills that
will last a lifetime. The program consists of
three 16-week stages completed over
3 years, and a follow-up session after
program completion. The curriculum
includes entrepreneurial skills, soft skills,
hard skills, and self-knowledge tools.
Embarking on different experiences will help participants discover their path and potential.
THE STAGES ARE:
During this stage, the participants will be exposed to entrepreneurial skills, soft skills, self-knowledge tools, and interaction with other participants.
The participants will explore business opportunities and strive to identify and synthesize their interests, skills, and attitudes.
Decision Making and Preparation
The young entrepreneurs will receive guidance to help them define the academic path that will serve as the foundation for their entrepreneurial journey.
After graduating high school, program alumni who are enrolled in college will receive access to a series of webinars, seminars, and networking events. They may also participate in activities related to other stages of the program.
Each of these stages comes with a tailored curriculum that focuses on business skills found in the Thoma Bravo Playbook, the operating model used by Bravo Family Foundation founder, Orlando Bravo, to run hundreds of companies over the last 20+ years.
The program also offers students access to community experiences that develop their sense of social responsibility. At the end of each stage, the students present their entrepreneurship ideas and experiences at the “Bravo Day!”.
Skill Set Development
Introduction to Business Fundamentals
Mentorship & Community
*Received at the end of the program
Below you will find the requirements each participant will need to apply:
Must be a high school student, preferably from the public school system.
Attend school in one of two main areas of Puerto Rico: Noreste and Oeste
Commitment and support from the parents or guardians.
The Support Agreement must be uploaded with the application. Click here to download it.
Access to transportation to comply with each meeting on Saturdays.
Starting in September, the program will take place in the following locations:
Universidad Ana G. Méndez – Carolina’s Campus
West Coast Region
Universidad Ana G. Méndez
– Cabo Rojo’s Campus
Fill out the online application below, and include the following:
A letter of recommendation from the school made by the director of the school, a counselor, or a teacher. It must include their contact information on the registration form.
A 200-word paragraph expressing your interest in participating in the Bravo Challenge for Youth program.
Proof of COVID-19 vaccinations is required.