Tbilisi-Portland Entrepreneurial Exchange Program 2019


The Global Youth Entrepreneurs Tbilisi-Portland Entrepreneurial Exchange Program will bring Startup Weekend Youth Tbilisi 2018 participants and their peers and School XXI Century faculty to Portland, Oregon, USA, to participate in an engaging and exciting entrepreneurial event, interact with students from local schools, and experience cultural and English-language immersion.

Participants will work on an entrepreneurial project seeking to connect communities while learning from renowned American innovators, government officials, and content experts in the forward-thinking and innovation focused city of Portland, Oregon. Students will make their concept come alive through engaging in intense mentor-supported collaboration, innovation, prototyping, connecting, alliance-building, learning and taking action.

Portland, U.S.A.

Global Youth Entrepreneurs HQ


When: May 11–20, 2019

Who: Georgian entrepreneurial high school students and educators


Georgian Association in the United States of America

The Georgian Association in the U.S.A. is generously sponsoring part of the program.

Note: we continue to seek contributions toward financial assistance for students in need of support for travel expenses.



School XXI Century is sending a group of students and a faculty member on the exchange.


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is providing in-kind support of space and materials.

United States Embassy Tbilisi

is receiving the exchange students for dialogue.

Georgian Embassy to the United States of America

is representing the Georgian government in Portland for the exchange.


is receiving the students at its Portland office.


is receiving the students at its Portland facility.



Over the course of the Exchange, participants will:

  • Participate in creative ideation sessions with peers and mentors

  • Learn to use visual strategy tools (like the Business Model Canvas above)

  • Engage design-thinking and lean-startup methodologies

  • Ask questions, build and iterate upon prototypes, and get professional feedback from successful American entrepreneurs

  • Take part in a due diligence session with seasoned investors

  • Build a sustainable, inclusive organization

  • Talk to community members about their business ideas (customer validation)

  • Forge alliances

  • Find sponsors

  • Build relationships with peers and mentors that will impact their lives well beyond the event.


Day 1, Saturday, May 11: Arrive and settle into homes of local high school host families.

Day 2, Sunday, May 12: Visit Mount Hood, Columbia Gorge, and quaint town of Hood River.

Day 3, Monday, May 13: Participate in classes and meet American students at Catlin Gabel School in Portland. Participants will have opportunities to share their perspectives with the entire Catlin Gabel student body and be immersed in a West-Coast American culture focused on innovation and forward thinking.

Day 4, Tuesday, May 14: Begin work on an entrepreneurial project of creating a product or service to connect communities. Global Youth Entrepreneurs will propose options, or students can come up with their own idea. Portland-area professionals mentor participants and teams go out onto the streets of Portland for language immersion and customer validation with local residents.

Day 5, Wednesday, May 15: In the morning tour Portland: museums, parks, rich cultural and food opportunities, networking visits to local government agencies (City Hall, Metropolitan Government Offices). Continue working on the project for the remainder of the day.

Day 6, Thursday, May 16: Visit headquarters of Portland-based companies (i.e. Nike World Headquarters, Columbia Sportswear, Adidas, Autodesk, eBay, and Intel), and local NGO Multnomah Youth Commission to meet innovation leaders there and discuss project.

Day 7, Friday, May 17: Begin drafting short business plan for the project idea, then in the afternoon take part with 50 local peers in Startup Camp Youth Portland Day 1, complete with successful entrepreneur speakers and student ideation and pitching.

Day 8, Saturday, May 18: Startup Camp Youth Portland Day 2. Participants work in teams (“companies”) under mentorship from local experts to develop viable enterprises with a possible goal of connecting communities, the theme of the weekend. A panel of distinguished speakers on diplomacy will cap off the day.

Day 9, Sunday, May 19: Startup Camp Youth Portland Day 3. Teams continue business development with the help of mentors and then present their work to a panel of investor judges that evening. Before the event draws to a close the students from Georgia will tell the audience about their impressions from the week and their newfound ambitions, and engage in an exchange-oriented dialogue with a handful of American counterparts.

Day 10, Monday, May 20: Finish business plan and engage in a collaborative capstone activity culminating our time in Portland together, and ensuring that all resources are at the fingertips of participants for project continuation back in Georgia, if desired. All participants travel home or connect to next destination (New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Vancouver B.C., etc.) if individual plans for them to stay have been made.

What is Catlin Gabel School?

Catlin Gabel is widely regarded as one of the top schools in the U.S. State of Oregon, and is located in Portland, the state’s largest city with a metropolitan area population of 2.5 million. Catlin Gabel is a “progressive independent day school where teachers build transforming relationships with each student, honoring each child's innate capacities, encouraging exploration, welcoming questions, and always presenting new intellectual and creative challenges to our young scientists, storytellers, artists, and athletes. Catlin Gabel supports inspired learning leading to responsible action through dedicated teaching, caring relationships, a challenging curriculum, and community service. We value each person's effort, imagination, and positive contributions to the community. We celebrate being inclusive and the partnership between family and school.”