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Sands Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

CEL: Ventures



Incubator & Accelerator


The CEL Venture Incubator
and Venture Accelerator are two elective programs for students who are interested in pursuing a business venture beyond the CEL core curriculum. Individuals or teams apply to participate by submitting their ideas for review and, if selected, they are partnered with experienced mentors who guide them through the various phases of taking an idea from rough concept to authentic outcome.



In CEL, while learning how to identify problems in the world around them and create businesses with the potential to solve for these problems, our kids are also using their education in ways we couldn't previously imagine. Watching a child stand in front of a room full of seasoned business people and articulate their economic model and go-to-market strategy will forever change your opinion of what kids are capable of.

Michael Golden, Co-Founder of GSI Commerce and SCH Parent



What drew me to CEL is that you can take an idea from scratch and build it into something real. It put me in the driver's seat. I had to be disciplined and stay determined. I was able to grow my personal network, discover new oportunities, and create a real, impactful business. I am grateful for CEL - it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, especially for students with passion and ambition.

Andrew, SCH '18 | The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania '22



By emphasizing an entrepreneurial mindset and integrating problem solving and design thinking across the curriculum, The Sands Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership gives SCH students a competitive advatange in our rapidly changing job market.

Ian P. Sladen, Vice President of Corporate Education and Career Development at Drexel University



CEL was so much more than just technical skills. The program really fostered resiliency in me. I learned to think about problems in a multifacted way and to come up with creative solutions. The lessons I learned through CEL have been applicable in all aspects of life, especially now that I am in college.

Rekha, SCH '17 | Brown University '21


A Pathway to Success

The Sands Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership is committed to developing an entrepreneurial mindset and skillset in every student at Springside Chestnut HIll Academy. The CEL program ehances Pre-K-12 education with learning opportunities and classes that empower students to shape their futures and the world.
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Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH) is an independent school offering a rigorous college preparatory program that delivers an unparalleled academic experience.
The school’s unique model is distinguished by single-sex education for the lower grades (Pre-K through 8) followed by a coed Upper School.