Emprende Amigo Youth: Uplifting The Next Generation Of Leaders

Waste Not Students

Nogales, AZ

Photographer: Stephanie Bermudez


Emprende Amigo Youth (EAY) is a bilingual, international, fully remote, youth course focused on the foundations of entrepreneurship. This program solves for the lack of opportunities in the region by being a launchpad for emerging young entrepreneurs. Our young minds need creativity, problem solving skills, adaptability, and the gift of foresight as they plot their futures. We’ve built an accessible approach to education that meets young, aspiring entrepreneurs where they are and fills in the gaps so they have these leadership qualities.

Key Partners

Sonora Startups
Secundaria TAES (Hermosillo, Sonora)
Colegio Alerce (Hermosillo, Sonora)
SCCSSO C-CREO Grants Program
TATUM Scholarship


July 2020

Project Type

Community Support and Engagement, Education and Capacity Building

Impact Report 2020

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Emprende Amigo Youth (EAY) is a bilingual, international, fully remote, youth course focused on the foundations of entrepreneurship. It was born out of necessity. Our traditional education systems are failing our youth. They are inspired, intelligent, and ready to make real, lasting impact in their communities. EAY exists to support and develop young entrepreneurs.

A young or first-time entrepreneur needs community and mentorship to learn the ropes, to fail forward, and to feel empowered that they are supported in their endeavors. EAY helps uplift the next generation of entrepreneurs by delivering on three key offerings: an online certification, virtual Pop Ups, and immersive weekend programs. You can participate in the one that aligns most with what you need in your startup journey or you can participate in them all if you’re ready to commit to your entrepreneurial growth!

Online Certification
This two-day Introduction to Entrepreneurship is the perfect certification for a first-time entrepreneur who is eager to set a strong foundation. On day one participants will cover the following topics:

  • Regional Entrepreneurship
  • Economic Development & The State of Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship For All
  • Startup Culture and Startup Communities (HMO to PHX)
  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Marco Martinez O'Daly
  • Interactive Break / Group Work - (Concept Board)

On day two, participants will get to put in real work with these applied startup frameworks:
  • Visual Thinking Tools & Methodologies
  • The Lean Startup
  • Business Model Generation
  • Business Model Canvas Activity
  • MVP and Product Market Fit
  • Debrief / Reflections / Takeaways

Pop Ups
Pop Ups are less time intensive than the online certification but they still pack a punch! In a virtual Pop Up participants can expect to learn about leadership and professional development. Held weekly, they typically follow this format:
  • Introduction
  • Workshop: Tech Entrepreneurship & Pitching To Investors
  • Community Discussion
  • Music Break
  • Interactive Working/ Networking Session
  • Community Discussion

Immersive Entrepreneurship Weekends
We coordinate and organize weekend-long immersions that are safe, supportive learning environments for testing ideas, validating assumptions, and building startup ideas. Participants get to network and team up with like-minded entrepreneurs to build actual companies and products in a weekend. Along the way, they are guided by experienced mentors and industry experts, as well as taking part in interactive workshops and discussions to help move them through the process. Here’s a breakdown of how this transformational 3-day event looks:
Day 1
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Choose Your Project
  • 60 Seconds To Pitch
  • Build a Team

Day 2
  • Connect With Talent
  • Learn From The Best
  • Get To Work
  • Discover Bicultural Perspectives

Day 3
  • Present to Panel of Judges
  • Celebrate
  • Motivated To Be The Change

"After EAY, I feel inspired and ready to start the next chapter in my life as an entrepreneur. I have been wanting to start my own business for years, but I haven't had the confidence to take those next steps. EAY gave me the tools that I need to take my dreams out of my head, put them down on paper, and ultimately make them a reality." Mikayla Curcio, University of Arizona, Hermosillo/Tucson AZ

Get Involved

Program Participation:
EAY Online Certifications, Pop Ups, and weekend entrepreneurship immersions are designed primarily for high school and college students, though motivated middle schoolers are often at our events. Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming programs. events@startupunidos.com

Program Support:

If you represent an organization that would like to become an educational, capital, or opportunity partner, please fill out this form to get involved.


Already in 2020, Startup Unidos has certified 75 young entrepreneurs. We have another certification in sight and will round out the year having certified well over 150 regional youth.