Youth Startup Lab


Youth Startup lab

Youth Startup Lab is an after-school experiential food entrepreneurship learning program delivered in youth centers. Led by adult coaches, teams of 12-15 year old youth of color amplify their entrepreneurial mindset by creating a food business venture with their peers over 10 weeks. 

In spring 2016, the first cohort designed and launched Terrific Tacos, a taco stand addressing the after-school snack market. The 10 week experience culminated in a pop-up where 232 tacos were served in 3 hours. The four months following the pop-up Terrific Tacos has since received four requests for catering jobs. Our second cohort started in fall 2016 at East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC).

Youth Startup Lab is a charitable after-school program incubated in collaboration with Civil Labs, EODYC, and a team of students from UC Berkeley Eat Think Design class [featured in Edible East Bay Fall Harvest 2016].  Youth Startup Lab is currently a program of Civil Labs Foundation, an independent not-for-profit organization started by the founders of Civil labs. Our dream is to share the Youth Startup Labs curriculum and coaching model to a network of youth centers in California and the United States.