Youth Entrepreneur­ship

We believe students should be prepared for the entrepreneurial age. Through speaking events and online education, we empower students to launch their own businesses.


Starter High is an online, self-paced course for middle and high school students where they learn the basics of starting, running, and growing a business. Students learn everything from developing an idea to getting their first customer. Optional assignments provide practical tasks to prepare youth to acquire their first customer. With the power of storytelling and real world examples, Starter High is being adopted by students everywhere. Start today:

Rogers Herr Middle School

“Mr. Hamilton’s engaging style captivated the audience. As a result, Caleb came home and designed his own business cards. He was motivated to begin thinking about how to make his dreams a reality. "

Parent of Caleb H. West Wilkes Middle School

Why We Do It

Many kids in our nation lack exposure to the benefits of entrepreneurship. Their disadvantaged background locks them out of opportunity to climb the economic ladder. Entrepreneurship should be for everyone in America, not just the privileged.

Background on the Problem

The Brian Hamilton Foundation believes in the power of education to prepare and propel students to reach new heights. However, we realize that outside factors prevent many students from receiving a strong education. While 84 percent of Americans will graduate from high school, less than 50 percent will go on to receive an associate degree or higher. This means many people will have low-end jobs with little upward mobility. It means some of the kids you see today in your neighborhood won’t have the options afforded to their more educated peers.

For decades, Brian has been inspiring young minds to turn their passions into profit. With interactive and humor-filled presentations, Brian now teaches youth how to realize undiscovered skills and how to apply their diverse life experiences to entrepreneurial ventures. Ranging from topics of customer service to personal finance to self-confidence, Brian has equipped hundreds of middle school students with the tools necessary to start their own low-capital businesses.

Learn More About Our Youth Initiative

Contact us to learn more about our youth initiative. If you are interested in having Brian Hamilton come to speak to your class or group, please visit our request a speaker page.

“I didn’t know what an entrepreneur was but the[n] when Mr. Hamilton came to West Wilkes Middle School it changed my perspective on business careers.”

Caleb Huffman Student West Wilkes Middle School

Mr. Hamilton’s engaging style captivated the audience. As a result, Caleb went home and designed his own business cards. He was motivated to begin thinking about various career options, and how to make his dreams a reality. Mr. Hamilton showed our students that dreams are possible for any socioeconomic level or regardless of your background.

Mr. Brian Huffman and Caleb Huffman Teacher and Student West Wilkes Middle School

Mr. Hamilton’s presentation was perfect. His expertise gave the students a sense of awe and the fact he was willing to share that with them through the question and answer portion was perfect… Mr. Hamilton has inspired a lot of students and teachers.

Mr. Baucom and Mrs. Kastl Teachers West Wilkes Middle School

I can tell them according to the textbook how to start a business, but actually having that experience and making it more relatable, Mr. Hamilton was able to do that by coming here and making his presentation.

Kendrick Vines CTE Teacher East Millbrook Magnet Middle School

Having your own company is for everyone, not just those born into privilege.

Brian Hamilton Founder Brian Hamilton Foundation