Business & Tech Camp

Carlmont Business and Tech Camp 

We at Carlmont DECA are excited to continue hosting the Business and Tech Camp for students from grades 6-12 this summer!

Date: Week of July 17th-21st, 2023

Time: Mon-Thur. 9:30am-2:30pm (lunch break 12 pm – 1 pm) and 2:30pm-7pm on Fri.

Location: Carlmont High School, Student Union

Throughout the week, the students will work in groups to create a startup business plan. Experience is not needed as students will learn the basics of topics in business, entrepreneurship, technology, and design that will help them create their plans. Similar to Shark Tank, students will develop public speaking skills to pitch their business plans to a panel of judges and parents on Friday. Carlmont DECA students will be presenting lessons and mentoring the students throughout the week in small groups.

Skills that students will learn

Develop a startup business plan

Pitch and ask for an investment

Create a website and wireframe

Use spreadsheets

Early Bird

Early Bird Special: $225

Discount ends July 7, 2023

*Must be postmarked by July 7, 2023

Regular Prices

Regular Pricing: $275

Registration ends July 16, 2023

*Must be postmarked by July 16, 2023

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Q: My student is interested, but they don’t have any experience with product design/startups. Can they still participate?
A: Yes! No prior experience is necessary. All we ask is that students are excited to learn and come with a positive attitude and that they are proficient in English.

Q: My student wants to come to the camp, but they are nervous about public speaking and/or working in a group. Is that okay?
A: Yes; this camp is a great opportunity to learn public speaking skills. We will have a workshop on public speaking skills & presentations to prepare the students for the competition on the final day. There will also be an instructor working with each group to ensure that they stay on track and to guide them through the process.

Q: Do parents get to attend the final presentations?
A: Yes! On Day 5, we invite all family/friends to come watch and support your student’s presentation.

Q: What business skills will the camp work on?
A: We will work on entrepreneurship, technology, marketing, finance, and much more.

Q: What is DECA?
A: DECA is an international organization of school clubs that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. In addition, DECA provides the opportunity for students to compete at regional, state, and international levels. In Carlmont DECA’s first six years, we have had 43 qualifiers for international competition.

Q: Who are the instructors?
A: The camp is led by Carlmont DECA members. They have all been trained to teach the students wireframing, spreadsheet skills, and how to create & pitch a startup business plan. In addition, our Carlmont DECA advisor, John Rowe, will also be at the camp.

Q: Are there financial aid opportunities?
A: Yes! Please contact us directly at jrowe@seq.org for more details. If you have any other questions, please contact jrowe@seq.org. We will be sending out more updates soon.