What will you Learn
You'll begin by meeting your classmates in Chicago for a rigorous week-long Meetup. Together, with a group of instructors who've worked alongside Stanford, Kellogg, and an array of companies, we will focus on curriculum around five core competencies:
Define your strengths and weaknesses, how you learn best, and what you need to perform at a high level.
Learn how to identify key individuals in life and work, and how to invite them into the creation and building of a new idea.
Explore how storytelling can transform the way individuals & communities think, feel, and behave. You'll learn the principles and mindsets that will shape how you tell stories during your Leap and beyond.
We'll dive into the tools and systems that help organizations turn vision and goals into sustainable business models.
Understand how to find solutions to the most complicated challenges using this creative process focused on developing empathy, prototyping quickly, and learning from failure.
Online Courses in Business:
The online courses, combined with the internship at a startup, are designed to provide students with a working framework for understanding Business Operations and its key activities: Business Planning, Finance, Marketing, Systems and Data, Leadership, and Venture Creation.
These courses harness leading tools, skills, and philosophies from business sages and cutting-edge thinkers and invite students to apply them immediately, creating valuable learning and a portfolio of experiences.
Each week, you'll engage in online discussions and coaching calls with an instructor who will provide you with feedback on your work and counsel related to your internship.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will have the opportunity to receive credit for the following courses:
- Intro to Business Operations (3 credits)
- Case Study in Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
- Intro to Marketing (3 credits)
- Business Writing (3 credits)
- Entrepreneurship Internship (3 credits)
What will you Experience
Upon your acceptance into Leap Semester, Sage Corps will match you with pre-vetted high growth startups in select global cities. You will work full-time with a team based on your skill set and the startup’s needs. You may focus your work on verticals such as: Marketing, Sales/Business Development, or Product Development.
Outside of your apprenticeship, you'll be immersed in the host city's entrepreneurial and business ecosystem. Sage Corps will help you attend networking events and round table discussions at venture capital funds, startup incubators and larger companies. All participants will have access to the Sage and Experience Institute Network–thought leaders and innovators who act as supporters throughout your Leap.
FINAL MEETUP + EXPO
At the end of your semester, you’ll meet back in Chicago to reflect on your semester, and present your experience and learnings to family, friends, and individuals from your community. EXPO is one-part TEDx talk and one-part thesis presentation wrapped up in one big, fun night.
Tuition for Leap Semester is $10,500. Upon acceptance, a $1,000 payment is required to secure your place in the cohort. The cost of the program includes:
Pre-Course focused on Ei's framework to design your learning
One-on-one support with Sage Corps to pair you with a 10-week Experience/Apprenticeship
Intensive In-Person Meetup in Chicago around Five Interdisciplinary Competencies
15 Business & Entrepreneurship Credits
Online Business Course throughout the semester
Weekly Coaching to offer support throughout your courses and experience
Ongoing co-working space in Chicago throughout your experience
Final EXPO event to capture and share your Leap Semester with peers and future employers
Why attend Leap Semester?
You'll gain practical skills and knowledge that will help you in your career and life.
You'll establish valuable relationships with industry leaders and peers.
You'll develop the creative confidence and process to solve problems in any environment.
You'll embark on an experience that will shape the way you view the world, define how you can make it a better place, and provide the credibility to launch you in the next step of your career. And, you'll do so as a builder of a new type of educational model.
Can I receive college credit for completing this experience?
Yes. Columbia College Chicago awards 15 credits for the successful completion of the Leap Semester. The following course designations for the Leap Semester will appear on transcripts with student grades:
- Introduction to Marketing
- Business Writing
- Business Operations
- Entrepreneurship Case Study
- Internship: Business Operations.