Are you a recent high school grad with a BIG idea you’d like to make into your own business?  Do you have a teen with an entrepreneurial spirit?  Wondering how to get started on a new business? The WERX Foundation wants to help!  

The WERX Foundation in McKinney seeks to teach young entrepreneurs the necessary steps to become business owners with the resources available in the community to support them. The WERX Foundation has developed a summer program for young people, driven by successful entrepreneurs and mentors to teach and guide through the process of building a business around your passion.  All levels of experience and education in entrepreneurialism are welcome to apply and all students in the program are sure to gain valuable information and insight to help them build and grow a business idea into a marketable service or product. Resources and mentors will augment this program, and ongoing support after the summer will be available to students who wish to continue building on their business ideas further. Students will all receive a free open desk membership to The WERX in August to work on their projects.

The program will consist of 6 – three hour evening workshops that will run over the course of two weeks in August beginning Aug 8 and ending Aug 17, with a final Pitch Presentation and Awards Celebration Event on Aug 19.  During the presentation students will present their business ideas to an audience of investors, entrepreneurs and their friends and families. Awards will be given for best business idea and presentation along with prizes and the opportunity at investment funding! Complete program information and application available at:

“The mission of The WERX Foundation is to build, grow and support small business in McKinney and this program is right in line with that mission and the future of small business,” said Christine Smith, WERX Founder & Executive Director.  “We see the future of technology changing our world every day, and our young people need to have the skills of an entrepreneur to be prepared for the future as we see more and more automation of industry. The WERX is committed to teaching young people how to think like entrepreneurs and create as innovators!”        

The WERX is supported in part by the McKinney Economic Development Corporation through its Emerging Technology Program.  Students of McKinney High Schools will have the extra benefit of a $100 discount off the course tuition fee, with their student IDs.  John Valencia, Director of New Business Development for the McKinney EDC says “Young entrepreneurs are the future of successful small business development in our community as they bring fresh innovative ideas that will fuel the development of our local and regional economies.  When we teach, inspire and empower young entrepreneurs to succeed, we are paving the way for the future of our community.”

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Young Entrepreneur Summer Program by contacting Cindy Johnson at or 214-417-5049.