People frequently ask me about what happens after a summer at Camp Inc. I get questions such as “How many Camp Inc. startup teams have gone on to get investments?” or “Have any of the companies become profitable?”.
The honest truth is that the majority of the startups launched during a session do not go on to be profitable companies outside of camp. What the startup team experience gives our campers, is an incredible real life simulation of what it takes to start a company and get an idea off the ground. The team and product itself may not exist after camp, but the skills learned, and the appreciation for what it takes to succeed in entrepreneurship lasts well beyond the summer session. We frequently hear about our campers leaving camp and joining the school marketing club, taking more coding classes, attending local startup meetups, or launching a new business back home.
A perfect example of this landed in my inbox yesterday morning. The message came from a 2014 camper named Borna Shoa (entering 9th grade at the time), and reads:
Long time no talk, how are you?
Just wanted to let you know that I finished my 10th grade and got an internship at a startup incubator called LiftOff, run by Jon Kraft (CEO of Pandora) and one of it’s startups, Thrively. One of the questions asked during my interview led itself to us discussing Camp Inc. and how it has affected me. Dan Chang, one of the heads of Thrively, became very interested about the camp, the program, and my experience pitching to legitimate investors. I directly contribute my internship with being part of Camp Inc.
I just wanted to say how thankful I am to you for giving me the opportunity to work in a real life environment with pitching and the turbulent life of an entrepreneur. Thank you for what you gave me, I am eternally grateful.