We believe students should be prepared for the entrepreneurial age. Through speaking events and online education, we empower students to launch their own businesses.
Middle and high schools are hosting Brian as part of their strategy to prepare students for their future. He advises students to continue their education but also inspires students to expand their options by exploring the principles of starting, running, and growing their own real businesses. Click here to request Brian to speak at your school.
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 teachers who want their students to develop grit, creativity, and responsibility.
Aja discusses her hair braiding business
Dylan, an eighth grader, talks about participating in The Hamilton Challenge and the impact it had on his idea to bring energy to the world.
Nia and Nicole share their vision for a new lotion
Brian promised to donate $2,000 to the school if he couldn't make a second basketball shot from the three point line.
Aquantis C. talks about Brian's visit to Price Middle School
Victoria Shares Her Thoughts About Brian Hamilton's Entrepreneurship Talk at Her School
Brian Hamilton Foundation Funds 500 Laptop Giveaway for Students
Porter B. Talks About Brian Visiting Orange High School
Kendrick Vines, Career Development Coordinator, East Millbrook Magnet Middle School, Wake County School District
Gavin Talks About Brian Visiting His School
Landon H. Talks About Brian Visiting Orange High School
Brian answers questions from students at East Millbrook Magnet Middle School
Joseph Babyak, CTE Specialist, Pollard Middle School, Chatham County School District
Brian speaks to students at Pollard 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. In some socioeconomic groups, only one of five students can read at grade level, which is a prescription for having low-end jobs that make upward mobility nearly impossible. 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 high school, fewer than 50 percent will go on to receive an associate degree or higher. This statistic leaves 120 million people 25 and older without a college education. What does this typically mean for them? It 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 helps youth to realize undiscovered skills and teaches them how to apply their diverse life experiences to entrepreneurial ventures. Ranging from topics of customer service to personal finances to building confidence, Brian has equipped hundreds of middle school students with the tools necessary to start their own low-capital businesses.
Caleb Huffman Student West Wilkes Middle School
“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.”
Mr. Brian Huffman and Caleb Huffman Teacher and 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. Baucom and Mrs. Kastl Teachers 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.
Kendrick Vines CTE Teacher East Millbrook Magnet 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.
Brian Hamilton Founder Brian Hamilton Foundation
Having your own company is for everyone, not just those born into privilege.