Boston Global Startup Challenge

July 10-15, 2017

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Global Startup Challenge Boston

July 10-15, 2017

Monday, July 10-15, 2016
Programs starts at 12.30PM
Registration opens at 9.30AM

Boston University
1019 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215


Boston is the flagship and original location of the Global Startup Challenge. From 2013-2016, we went by the Young Entrepreneur Challenge. Over that three years period, we tinkered, refined, and we think perfected our teaching model. The Boston program attracts caps its attendance at 60 students each year to ensure we deliver the highest quality experience. In the past, we’ve had teachers and students from throughout the United States, Europe, China, India, Australia, the Philippines, and Argentina attend.

2016 Final Presentations



9.30AM: Registration Opens at 1019 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
12.30PM: Opening Lunch and Team Formation
1.30PM: IdeaStrike Ideation Exercise
2.30PM: Value Proposition Workshop
4.30PM: Dinner and Team Prep Time
7.30PM: Idealab with Mentors
8.00PM: First Daily Presentations


7AM: Breakfast begins in BU Dining Hall
9AM: Report time in classroom
9AM: Morning team presentations
10.30AM: Customers Workshops
12.00PM: Lunch
12.30PM: Primary Customer Research
4.30PM: Idealab with Mentors: Prototyping
7.00PM: Dinner
8.30PM: Nightly round tables


7AM: Breaking begins at BU Dining Hall
9AM: Daily Team Presentations
10.30AM: Business Model Workshop and Expert Consults
12PM: Lunch
1PM: Idealab with Mentors
2PM: City-wide Photo-scavenger Hunt
7PM: Dinner
8.30PM: Nightly Round Tables


7AM: Breakfast begins at BU Dining Hall
9AM: Daily Team Presentations
10.30AM: Business Model Workshop II
12PM: Lunch
1PM: Business Expo Prep Time
5.30PM: Business Expo at Venture Café.
8PM: Dinner offsite



7AM: Breakfast begins at BU Dining Hall
9AM: Daily Team Presentations
10.30AM: Budgeting and Finance Workshop and Coaching
12PM: Lunch
1PM: Idealab with Mentors
6.30PM: Dinner
7PM: Final Presentation Rehearsal


9AM: Breakfast at CIC Cambridge
10AM: Idealab and Practice with Mentors
11AM: Tech Tests
12PM: Final Presentation Showcase
2.30PM: Lunch and Awards Ceremony
5PM: Student Dismissal

Optional: Prototyping and Market Validation Week 2

Students have the option to register for Week-2, only offered in the Boston location. During the second week, students will work more closely with mentors to develop functional prototypes, conduct market research and focus groups, build and test website landing pages, and attempt to validate their idea.


Frank Pobutkiewicz

Frank Pobutkiewicz

Managing Director & Head Instructor

Frank founded Whiteboard Youth Ventures, the home of the Global Startup Challenge, in 2013. He has a strong commitment to new forms of experiential education. In addition to Whiteboard, Frank is also the Managing Director of the All-American Model United Nations Programs and has been called the top ranked competitive Model United Nations coach in the world. Frank is constantly working on a number of side projects, including Kickback Pants, a men’s clothing company he co-founded with a former Whiteboard student.

Jeff Maclaren

Jeff Maclaren

Advisor & Financial Coach

Jeff has over 30 years of experience working in finance and analytics since his graduation from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School. He currently works as a part time COO/CFO for small and medium sized businesses.

Kelly Keefe

Kelly Keefe


Kelly started her startup journey out of college, where she partnered to start a line of men’s skincare products focusing on men active in fishing, golfing, and the outdoors. After exiting from this her first venture, she became very active in the One Simple Wish Foundation, where she is still an active volunteer. Currently working for a renewable energy company, Kelly also gives talks on maintaining a well-balanced life and is working on a children’s book.

Robert Malta

Robert Malta

Customer Acquisition Coach & Mentor

Rob graduated from Monsignor Farrell Boys High School, then from Villanova University where he studied Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Business Analytics. Previously, he owned a full service web design and Internet marketing company before working at PwC as a data analytics consultant. His entrepreneurial interests are now focused on the fashion space. Rob currently works at HubSpot in Cambridge, MA.

Gregory Kirber

Gregory Kirber


Greg is the founder and CEO of PartTech, a data aggregation platform that streamlines the location, evaluation, and order processes for wholesale automotive parts transactions for technicians and do it yourself mechanics. Greg attended Boston University and holds an MBA and JD from the University of Connecticut.

Christine Jauregui

Christine Jauregui


Christine is the Principal of Social Impact Strategies, a Boston-based research and consulting firm working with clients to develop, practice, and advance sustainable models for addressing social and environmental challenges. She is incredibly active in the Boston startup community, mentoring winning teams and businesses at MassChallenge and Cleantech Open.

Alex Nguyen

Alex Nguyen

Lead Mentor

Alex Nguyen was the co-founder and COO of Jugo, a corporate gamification company based in Spain. Before entering the startup world, Alex received a JD and is an admitted member of the California State Bar. His competencies include IP law, startup operations, gamification, and business development.

Andrew Chapin

Andrew Chapin


Andrew has extensive experience in startup sales, scaling, and technology. He is currently the CEO and cofounder of benja, the first true merchandise ad network that works with big brands like Nike, Under Armour, and Patagonia to sell their excess inventory across several proprietary channels. He served as the director of the Global Startup Challenge Boston in 2015 and currently assists as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence.



We’ve had the honor of hosting students, teachers, and schools from around the world. We strongly believe in the importance of cross-cultural learning and the Global Startup Challenge embraces this by placing students in international teams.


Many schools use the Global Startup Challenge as part of their IB curriculum, either as a component of their IB Economics or IB Business and Management courses or as a CAS project.


We encourage our international guests to arrive early or stay past the time of the GSC to explore the city. In addition to the historic city of Boston, schools can take advantage of the many world famous universities in Boston, including MIT, Harvard, Boston University, and Boston College.


The skills we develop through entrepreneurship are powerful tools for students. Public speaking, cross-cultural communication, team work, and self-management have all been identified as 21st Century Skills. This is why we focus on developing them throughout the GSC.

Instructions to Register for the Boston Global Startup Challenge

Step One: Contact Us!
This may seem out of order, but we encourage schools to contact us first even if they may be interested in attending. We will be able to give you additional information, flyers for students & parents, and curriculum guides for administrators.

Step Two: Gather Interest from Students and Parents
You know your students better than anyone. Start my asking if there is interest from students and parents to attend. We’ll give you handouts, and we would also be open to holding a Skype call with parents and students, regardless of timezone!

Step Three: Register Online
Complete the online application form to officially register for the Global Startup Challenge. After we receive this, we’ll provide an invoice and additional information regarding travel options and extra days.

We hope to see you in July!

We understand that attending the Boston Global Startup Challenge is a big investment in time and resources for your school and community. With this is mind, we provide discounts based on the number of students you bring.

Price per Student

1 to 4 Students:     $1,900 USD
5 to 10 Students:   $1,700 USD
11 to 20 Students: $1,400 USD

Teacher Expenses

The price per teacher is $750USD for the Boston Global Startup Challenge. If a school brings 10 or more students, we will gladly waive this fee. In addition, if a school registers 11 or more students, we will grant a travel reimbursement up to $1,900 to cover the cost of the teacher’s airfare.


Individual Student Tuition$1,900
+$1,100 for Week 2
  • Lodging in air conditioned Boston University dormitories
  • Breakfast and Dinner every day
  • All social and team activities
  • All program materials, including a copy of Business Model Generation and GSC shirt
  • Mentorship, instruction, and startup coaching
  • All in-city transportation during program
  • Transportation to/from the airport, train station, or bus terminal
  • Medical and liability insurance
Payment Details & Options
  • $500 Deposit due within 20 days of acceptance
  • Payment plans available for 3- and 6-months
  • Checks, money orders, and credit cards accepted (transaction fees may apply)
Scholarships and Aid
  • Limited Financial Assistance available
  • Offers may not be combined.