Students from 14 Montgomery County high schools gained a better understanding of the international entrepreneurial community July 12-16, thanks to the Silver Spring chapter of The Links and partners, The Universities at Shady Grove and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), during the first intensive week-long program to increase local awareness of global entrepreneurship. The project focuses on helping students bridge entrepreneurship theory into practice with lectures, special guest speakers, Web-based research labs, and small group activities. All of the activities are focused on helping the students create a business plan for a project or product that will be marketed in Chile.

The LIFE: Youth International Entrepreneurial Program (LIFE-YIEP) was designed to provide MCPS students in grades 10-12 with an intensive experience to increase awareness of entrepreneurship within the global community.