Each Spring, the Rotary Clubs of Campbell, Los Altos, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Sunnyvale, and Sunnyvale Sunrise come together to host the Enterprise Leadership Conference (ELC) Silicon Valley West — a no-cost, three-day entrepreneurship training program for high school juniors.
Students are recruited from local high schools by Rotarians in their area. After a competitive application process, selected students are divided into teams of six, all from different high schools. A pair of volunteer Rotarian Team Advisors (RTAs) guides each team through the conference.
Over three days of interactive training sessions, team building, and fun activities, students are challenged to develop a hypothetical company that provides a new product or service. On the final day, teams present their business plan to a panel of Rotarian judges in a “Shark Tank”-style setting.
Through ELC, students learn key business concepts such as management, finance, marketing, product development, human resources, and ethics — all from engaging facilitators with extensive experience in their fields.
Students and their Rotary mentors consistently call ELC a “life-changing” experience. In just three short days, new friendships are forged, new talents are unleashed, and new leaders emerge.
Rotary International is a humanitarian service organization with over 1.2 million members across 34,000 clubs in over 200 countries. Learn more at rotary.org