Understanding S.L.I.C.E.

Our school unites entrepreneurial professionals from around the world and immerses students in the practical applications of education, with a focus on innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship.

Students and mentors complete real-world projects with the potential to reshape the local landscape while developing the tools and networks to build their own businesses. 

The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.
— Nolan Bushnell

This unique blend of school, think-tank, and start-up incubator operates on two fundamental principles

1. P.A.E. as you go. 
P.A.E. stands for the Practical Application of Education. Students will apply theories in practical situations, getting a sense of how what they learn applies to the real world

2. Share Your Resources.
Mentors and students pool resources such as time, skills, expertise, and networks in order to complete tasks and develop communities centered around these core principles. 


  • create content and companies rather than just consume information; anything theoretical is applied in a practical project with tangible results.

  • learn from a diverse group of mentors with diverse competencies and areas of expertise

  • the power to impact their local landscape by creating ideas that 1) solve a social problem, 2) generates revenue, 3) generates jobs

  • connected to a network of resources, a community centered on the principles of PAE and SYR. They have a tribe they know they can access when they leave the program

  • Whether they start their own company, join a movement, or work for an existing company, these skills will play a key role in the success of their career. (Innovation is a mindset, a process, and a set of skills applicable to any project or job a student may encounter in the future.)

  • learn the importance of innovation as a process, that anyone can be an entrepreneur, and systematic approach to embracing your inherent creativity.


  • connect with a group of like-minded peers

  • exposed to the resources necessary to make your ideas happen (Mentors are part of think-tank designed to implement the visions of the participants)

  • share their time, skills, expertise, and networks with the next gen. of entrepreneurs

  • contribute as a “team member” to projects (When projects begin, whether it be analyzing existing businesses or building a new business, mentors are contributors to a team, not merely instructors.)

  • learn from other mentors (mentors will teach dynamic lessons based on their individual expertise - they learn new content, content delivery, engagement, etc.)


  • New businesses could provide jobs and stimulate the economy

  • social entrepreneurship projects could potentially address social problems at the community and city level

  • young people feel more connected to the city and feel they have a voice and the power to implement change.

  • young people realize they can create their own market rather than simply work in it.

  • young people energized by possibilities - take the future into their own hands.


  • Philanthropy - companies allow the next generation of potential employees to see what real businesses look like in reality

  • They get a fresh perspective on their own business model by seeing things through fresh eyes.

  • Suggestions made in presentations could have the power to improve or evolve some aspect of the business.