The Start-up Boot Camp

The One-Day Book Camp on

How to Start a Start-up

Summary: A one day hands-on workshop and seminar on creating, developing and pitching your business idea with a focus on innovation, team work, hands-on experience and results.

Seminar Leaders: Two experienced leaders in entrepreneurship and pedagogical results.

Craig Vezina is the Dean of Students at the American School of Paris (ASP) and founder of the ASP Entrepreneurship Lab. He is also the Executive Director of, a non-profit devoted to teaching social entrepreneurship, design thinking  and systems thinking to middle and high school aged-students. Dr. Vezina earned his Ph.D in Diplomacy and Strategy with a B.A. from Bowdoin College and M.A. from Columbia University in the City of New York. As an educational leader, Craig is a firm believer that the skills and mind-frames of entrepreneurship can empower youth to both imagine and create their preferred futures.

LinkedIn: vezina-0520a87
Twitter: @craigvezina

Patrick Kedziora is the Founder & CEO of a mobile teaching and learning platform that puts 1,000 lessons in your pocket. He is a serial entrepreneur, former banker, former senior executive and CFO and Winner of two major innovation awards: Startup Chile and Startup Brazil. Born in Paris and raised in New York City, he is a dual US and French national with native fluency in English and French. Patrick earned a dual B.A. degree in Economics and Political Science from New York University and his MBA in Finance from the NYU Stern School of Business. Patrick is passionate about making the difficult easy and empowering people to do their best.

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What Students Have to Say:

Very organized. Knows his subject and loves it.
Lee A.

He was absolutely great. Explained everything perfectly.  I would definitely recommend my friends to take his course.
Marcella B.

“I thought the class was interesting, inspiring, and intellectually challenging yet every topic that was touched on was useful to me or will be one day. I really enjoyed how you knew so much about what you were talking about yet you didn’t act like you knew everything and was the only competent person. This course enabled me to drastically change my vision of business and made me realize how many opportunities I have. I hope to be able to act on these new skills and ideas one day, but even if I don’t, I know for sure that this was time well spent. ”

Luigi M.

Audience: 20 to 30 persons

Ideal For: Students aged 12-99 and for parents interested in starting their own startup.

Price: 150 Euros per person with a 20 person minimum. All international schools in Europe receive a limited time 20% discount.

Dates: Now taking reservations for January to June 2017. Fall reservations soon.

Special Saturday Weekend Dates Available Too:

  • Saturday, January 14th
  • Saturday, January 28th
  • Saturday, February 11th
  • Saturday, February 25th
  • Saturday, April 29th

Locations: Paris based organizations at no additional charge. Travel fees apply for other locations.

What You Will Learn: Entrepreneurship is all about getting things done and this one-day boot camp is designed to give a student, parent or professional the tools they need to become an entrepreneur. We believe that tomorrow’s reality demands that everyone think and act like entrepreneurs and are all about “learning by doing, by example and sharing experiences”: 

  • How to think like an entrepreneur
  • How to spot ideas and trends
  • How to think like Picasso and Steve Jobs
  • How to work in teams
  • How to test and perfect your idea
  • How to pitch your idea to customers and investors
Craig Vezina
France: + +33 07 81 66 36 05
Patrick Kedziora
San Francisco, CA +1.415.691z1787
France: + 33 07 77 97 60 50

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