Summerfuel 2021 >> Coming Soon

Unleash your inner entrepreneur, launch a real startup and create effective solutions to business challenges.

Delivered Remotely in 2020
Program Fee:
Due to Covid-19,
campus programs
will not be available in 2020.
Ages 14-17
Program Fee includes:
Tuition, room, 3 meals per day, use of select campus facilities, included excursions and daily activities, bed linens, pillow and towels, 24-hour residential care and support, staff accompanied airport transfer during specified windows.
Not Included:
Airfare/transportation to and from home city, courses and activities shown to have an extra fee, laundry, spending money, souvenirs, meals eaten away from program, airport transfers outside of specified windows, trip cancellation insurance, medical insurance, medical and dental expenses.
*Due to Covid-19 shutdowns, Summerfuel will not be on campus in 2020.  Click here to visit our SF Virtual online course offerings.  We hope to be on campus with you in 2021!

More than ever, the world needs clear-sighted business leaders who have the passion and ability to take action towards solving the world’s most intractable concerns. The Summerfuel Business and Social Enterprise summer program for high school students exposes students to the cross-disciplinary skills necessary to build effective and efficient business-based solutions to social problems.


This unique summer business program immerses students in the innovative start-up culture of Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area, a community that is constantly engineering and refining solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Palo Alto, just a short distance from the campuses of of Google, Apple and Facebook, and the culture focuses on more than just the bottom line. This summer you'll be inspired to think critically and create your own venture.

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*This program will not run on campus in 2020 - please visit for opportunities to engage in remote learning with us.
  • JUNE 30 • WELCOME!


  • 09.00am • BREAKFAST
  • 09.30am • MORNING SESSION
  • 12.00am • LUNCH
  • 01.00pm • FREE TIME
  • 06.00pm • DINNER
  • 08:00pm • EVENING EVENTS
  • 11.00pm • CHECK-IN

Social Entrepreneurship

\ˈsōSHəl\ \ˌäⁿn-trə-p(r)ə-ˈnər-ˈship\
A process by which citizens build or transform business institutions to advance solutions to social problems, such as poverty, illness, enviornmental destruction, human rights abuses and corruption, in order to make life better for many.


Entrepreneurial Skills

Interactive class discussions and guest speakers will challenge you to address key social issues and give you the tools to be a changemaker through social enterprise. With guidance from faculty, you will learn to design your own social venture.  In three weeks you will gain experience building an effective organization from the ground up. Summerfuel's Social Enterprise program empowers young entrepreneurs to leverage resources and find creative solutions to key social issues by building sustainable, profitable business ventures.

Hands-on Experience

Hands-on workshops will develop your communication skills, build your confidence and challenge you to think on your feet. These active and engaging sessions will teach you the real-world tools you will need for success. By the end of the program, you will have a better understanding of your personal leadership style and have stronger public speaking, writing and critical thinking skills.

College Life

Enjoy a game at the sand volleyball court, relax under a palm tree, go for a bike ride or hike on the beautiful Stanford campus. Compete in a soccer tournament, bond with hall mates at late night bonfires, or explore the restaurants and shops of Palo Alto.

California Living

Each weekend you will travel to exciting "NorCal" destinations throughout northern California. From San Francisco to Six Flags to the beach, there is always a fun option.


While on campus this summer, you will have the unique opportunity to create a full-fledged social enterprise, focusing on an issue about which you are passionate. Summerfuel's experienced and dedicated faculty will take you step by step through the process.

You will analyze some of the most pressing global concerns and discover how entrepreneurs from around the world have taken the initiative to address them. You will then create your own social venture and master the central concepts of social entrepreneurship.


The curriculum focuses on the following business & leadership skills:

Research & Discovery

Learn how to use best research practices to discover and examine today’s pressing social issues and the companies and organizations taking steps to address them. What is already being done and is it effective? How can you and your venture make a greater impact?

Operations & Logistics

What will you need to implement a focused project? Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills as you face operational challenges with your project teammates. Games and exercises will strengthen your creative thinking before you plan and execute your venture on campus.


Listen to guest speakers discuss how they built brand awareness for their ventures and causes. Learn how to communicate your message effectively using social media and other emerging marketing and advertising tools.


Design realistic financial models and gain effective strategies for fundraising. Along with your teammates, create and present budgets for you venture project and role-play interviews and pitches to potential investors and/or donors.

Sustainability & Scalability

Discuss ways to build sustainable and scalable business models. Study and compare successful and growing ventures and apply these lessons to your own venture plan.

Please be contact us for more information regarding the curriculum and workshops.


While on program, students will be divided up into social venture teams (three or four students per team) to brainstorm and create a new, viable social venture. Each team is challenged to select a community concern, whether local or global, and develop a solution that is environmentally sustainable, socially positive and financially viable.

The culmination of the three-week curriculum is the venture pitch competition, which is attended by the program community, as well as guest judges from the local entrepreneurial community. To be successful, teams must present a well-considered business plan as well as leverage their storytelling and public speaking skills developed on program.



A mobile app and service designed to help caregivers and patients of Alzheimer’s disease better track their symptoms and care and creating a social network of support.

The QWERTY movement:

Focusing on high school dropout rates in the Bronx, NY, this venture improves access to technology by renting computers to students at very affordable rates from mobile “computer trucks.”


An online platform to connect jobseekers with the technology to be more effective during the job hunt.


A venture committed to manufacturing ethical soccer balls while providing manufacturing jobs to impoverished women in Honduras and reinvesting in education.

Teaching Faculty

Learn from those on the Front Line

Cross-disciplinary courses are lead by an accomplished faculty that includes successful entrepreneurs, community organizers and academic leaders. Experts in their field, with extensive teaching experience, Summerfuel faculty engage with students and venture teams in and out of the classroom. Small classes foster intellectual inquiry, dynamic discussion and debate, and encourage the role of professor as mentor and mentor.

Each summer, we also invite local social entrepreneurs to serve as consultants and mentors to the student teams as they develop their social ventures. These individuals also attend the final venture pitch competition to provide final feedback on presentations and plans.

Curriculum developed in partnership with Strategic Good, a consulting firm based in Washington, DC that guides the implementation of social enterprise, acting as a bridge between the nonprofit and business worlds.

Faculty Highlights

Alessandra Clará

Consultant on mission-driven organizations in the DC metropolitan area using Lean Startup methodologies. She is originally from El Salvador and has experience designing, leading and managing high-impact projects in Latin America, particularly in the fields of education and economic empowerment. She holds a MA in Social Enterprise from American University and a BS in Business from Johns Hopkins University.

Nick Boedicker

Founder and Managing Director of Strategic Good in Washington, DC. He has experience in project and program design, management, and evaluation in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the US. His past positions have included work in post-conflict recovery, community health, public education and awareness, disability, migrant and refugee populations, sustainable livelihoods, and design thinking. He holds a MA in Social Enterprise from American University and a BS in Business from Georgetown University.


Your Summer Home

Your home on campus this summer will be Xanadu House, one of the “Row Houses,” with a prime location in the center of campus.


At Xanadu, rooms are traditional dorm-style, with single, double and triple rooms available on a single-gender hall with a common space and bathrooms. Your roommate will be carefully selected using our housing questionnaire and taking into consideration your age and geographic diversity. On the first floor of your dorm, you will find extensive common spaces, laundry facilities and a full kitchen.


You will enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at Arrillaga Dining, where your meal card will give you access to full buffet-style dining options. Arrillaga offers a wide-range of meal options to accommodate almost all dietary restrictions and preferences. You can also head to nearby eateries like Peet's Coffee or the Treehouse at Tresidder Student Union - all Stanford undergraduate favorites.


Around Campus & Bike Rentals

Most summer program students rent bikes to take advantage of the beautiful 8,000-acre campus. Bike rentals come complete with locks and helmets for safety. Bike rental details will be sent to enrolled students in the spring. Outside of our residence hall there are sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, and plenty of grassy fields for both sports games and hanging out. There are also numerous trails for running and biking.


Electronic keys are required to enter the building and keys are necessary to access individual bedrooms. Campus security is on 24-hour patrol and available to any student that may need assistance.



Stanford Shopping Center

Great shopping right next to campus with over 140 world-class stores and restaurants.

Stanford Memorial Church

The University's architectural crown jewel.

California Avenue

A popular business district that features a Farmer’s Market and much-loved local shops.

Cantor Arts Center

A fantastic art collection comprised of 24 galleries and Rodin Sculpture Garden.

Stanford Stadium

50,000 seat stadium, home of the legendary Stanford Cardinal football team.

Hoover Tower

This 285-foot tower has spectacular views of San Francisco.

Stanford Shopping Center

Great shopping right next to campus with over 140 topnotch stores and restaurants

Stanford Memorial Church

The University's architectural crown jewel




Summer weekends are meant for fun and we make sure that they help students make the most of their time at Stanford and the Bay Area. All weekend trips are included in the program fee and are meant to build community and allow students time to enjoy the summer with friends.

San Francisco Sights

From the famous Golden Gate Bridge, to the center of 60s counterculture at the Haight, to the fantastic diversity of Chinatown, San Francisco has it all. We will make sure you see and experience the best of what this great city has to offer over two daytrips to the “City by the Bay.

Great America Theme Park

Get ready for all day excitement at this combination theme and water park. With over 50 rides and attractions from which to choose, you will have a blast with your friends.

Half Moon Bay

Enjoy a relaxing day on the beach, or go on a hike in the hills near the shore. This is the perfect opportunity to soak up some sun and work on your tan.


When classes finish, it is time to play. Summerfuel staff organizes exciting and active extracurricular options every day of the week, so there’s always something to do between project planning sessions.

Past favorites include:

Talent show, speed friending, basketball, scavenger hunt, movie nights, soccer, Summerfuel Olympics, karaoke, ultimate Frisbee, trivia night, game shows, water wars, yoga, running club, hiking, swimming, tie-dye, henna tattoos.


Our summer staff members are at the heart of all that we do. Supported by our New York headquarters, our program directors and resident advisors create an exciting and balanced residential, academic and extracurricular experience each summer.


The Senior Staff is comprised of a Program Director, a Residential Life Director and an Activities Director.

All members of the senior staff live in residence with students and are available to assist with any issue that arises. Senior staff members are experienced educators with collegiate or boarding school residence life experience and great familiarity with our programs.


RAs on the Social Entrepreneurship program are campus leaders dedicated to sharing their knowledge and collegiate experience with a motivated group of high school students. RAs are all rising college seniors or recent college graduates and are hired with the greatest care. RAs fill the role of mentors, supporting students academically and socially in order to make the program the best it can be. Each RA will work closely with a group of ten to eleven high school students.


The safety, security and overall well-being of our students are our utmost priorities. We implement the following measures to ensure our students are well cared for and safe at all times. You can read more about student safety here.

•  1 to 8 student to residential staff ratio
•  24-hour dorm and campus security
•  Electronic key pass required for entry into residence hall buildings and bedrooms
•  Designated zone in which students can travel within Stanford/Palo Alto
•  Buddy system to ensure students never travel alone
•  11pm daily curfew and face-to-face check-in
•  Zero tolerance for drug / alcohol use or bullying
•  Read our full code of conduct here


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