CIS-CBS Venture for All

Applications are open!

Chinese International School
- Columbia Business School (CBS)

“Venture for All”

Summer Entrepreneurship Program

15-20 JUNE 2020 - 9AM-4PM
For CIS students in Year 9 and up

Must have completed Year 9 by the time of the program
Program capacity: minimum 20 to maximum 35 students

Up to 3 complimentary places also available for CIS faculty professional development


  • To provide a world class program to inspire and educate CIS kids on new venture creation
  • To promote entrepreneurship culture at CIS

What is Venture for All?

Columbia Business School’s Venture for All® is a global initiative for talented students and professionals who seek to develop the entrepreneurial mindset needed to succeed in the classroom or business world.

Since 2011, CBS has been thoughtfully designing Venture for All® classes to guide students in locations around the globe through the steps necessary to create, develop, and launch innovative programs, products, and ventures.

The program uses a proprietary sequence of modules and tools to support the development and launch of your new venture idea.


  • Taught by CBS VFA faculty
  • With 1-2 teaching assistants

See VFA in Action @CIS



Dan was one of the best teachers I’ve had to date... someone with real life experience and who knows how to teach and inspire.

I learned to create a formal business plan. (Although, I have tried before during my business competition, the plan that we create is pretty simple.)
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Program Content

This will be a "hands-on" course focused on development, testing and validation of new business models.

At the highest level, students will come away with clear answers to the following questions:

  • What are common challenges to venture creation and how these can be mitigated through thoughtful business model development?
  • How to develop a business model to test your assumptions about product offerings and market demand?
  • How to create an effective interview protocols and surveys to help validate your assumptions on customer problems (pain points), solutions, and benefits (expected gain).
  • How do you assess your competitors’ business models in order to build best practices as well identify areas for differentiation for competitive advantage?
  • How to develop a minimal viable product in order to gain additional feedback on critical product performance features.
  • What metrics are critical to measure and validate business model assumptions?

Class Schedule

  Morning Afternoon

Day 1

  • Course Introduction
  • Introduction to Business Models

Day 2

  • Market Opportunity
  • Product-Market Fit
  • Industry & Market Analysis

Day 3

  • Competitor Analyses
  • Core Competencies
  • Competitive Advantage & SWOT Analysis
  • Why New Ventures Fail So Often
  • Product Development & Prototyping

Day 4

  • Marketing & Sales Strategies
  • Business Processes
  • Profit Models
  • Financial Projections for New Ventures
  • Social Responsibility & Ethics

Day 5

  • Leadership & Team Management
  • Business Planning Documents & Effective Pitches
  • How to have an effective team?

Day 6

  • MVP Discussion
  • Branding Strategy
  • What does your product look like?
  • What is your value proposition?
  • Final presentation
  • Final discussion, program review & feedback


Dr. Kelly Grogan
Head of Innovation and Staff Learning, CIS Primary

Applications ARE OPEN!

Early Bird discount of $1,000 for applications received by Feb. 28.

To be contacted regarding future programmes, click here

2020 Fees
  • HK$25,000 (less $1,000 for Early Birds)
  • includes all materials
  • includes lunch

  • Partial and full scholarships available
  • Please indicate interest on application form
  • Will need to demonstrate financial need

  • Design Thinking
  • Opportunity Identification
  • Business Model Development
  • Customer Discovery
  • Value Proposition
  • Key Influencers
  • Early Product Design
  • Start-Up Metrics

A Certificate of Completion will be issued

Future Programs

To be contacted when more information is released regarding future programs, please email