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Lloyd Nimetz

Serial entrepreneur, educator, investor, milonguero, dog-lover and Coach, Founder & CEO of The Spike Lab

In Defense of The Teen Passion Project

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New York Magazine recently published a scathing cover article titled, Inventing the College Applicant, that harmfully frames teen passion projects as an inauthentic tactic used by rich teens to get into top colleges. This post is a defense of the teen passion project. When done for the right reasons, it is an effective educational model for teens.

💡 Spikes can be an antidote to the toxic achievement culture felt by teens

💡 Spikes can be an antidote to the toxic achievement culture felt by teens 600 586 Lloyd Nimetz

In his 2023-24 back-to-school message, our founder shares about how spikes are becoming more common for teens in high-achieving communities and are starting to get recognized, if done right, as a way to protect teens from the toxicity of high achievement culture – to become “healthy achievers”.

Youth Entrepreneurship Program

Youth Entrepreneurship Programs: What Makes Spike Lab Different

Youth Entrepreneurship Programs: What Makes Spike Lab Different 1000 1000 Lloyd Nimetz

Are you a teen who wants to a business? Or become an innovator? In this article, I’ll describe the unique benefits of learning entrepreneurship in high school, highlight the beliefs that set Spike Lab apart, and shout out a few other notable programs.

Sixteen Kid Entrepreneurs Dazzle During Pitch Night

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This article showcases the Spike pitches of sixteen kid entrepreneurs who recently finished our inaugural Young Innovators Program, in partnership with the New Jersey professional chapter of the famous African American Sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha.

The Spike Lab successfully completed 1st Young Innovators Program for Alpha Kappa Alpha students

The Spike Lab successfully completed 1st Young Innovators Program for Alpha Kappa Alpha students 940 788 Lloyd Nimetz

Our first pro bono Young Innovators Program with the famous African American Sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, was a success! Learn more about how this workshop serial version of our 1:1 Spike Coaching program develops teen entrepreneurs.

Books for Young Entrepreneurs: Best Recs & Resources

Books for Young Entrepreneurs: Best Recs & Resources 1000 1000 Lloyd Nimetz

Does the idea of being an entrepreneur feel overwhelming? Like you don’t know where to start? This is why we’ve compiled the best books for young entrepreneurs!

well rounded student

Why Being A Well-Rounded Student Isn’t Enough Anymore

Why Being A Well-Rounded Student Isn’t Enough Anymore 1000 1000 Lloyd Nimetz

Decades before, a well-rounded high school student could easily gain college admission into the most elite schools. However, the elite college admissions system shifted with the times. Knowing how modern college admissions has evolved historically can help today’s applicant understand how to stand out in today’s competitive environment.

Finding Purpose: A Four Step Process for Teens

Finding Purpose: A Four Step Process for Teens 1000 1000 Lloyd Nimetz

The best process for developing purpose is through action, a purpose project that we call a Spike. This process is more an art than a science, but we liken it to a very simple 4-step framework that our students follow.

This Summer Is the Perfect Time to Launch a Spike

This Summer Is the Perfect Time to Launch a Spike 538 476 Lloyd Nimetz

If you’re laboring away trying to figure out what to do this summer, labor no more; build a Spike. It’s the most fun, developmentally challenging and rewarding way for teens to spend their summer AND it’s pandemic proof!

Students Should Stop Incorporating Nonprofits

Students Should Stop Incorporating Nonprofits 1000 877 Lloyd Nimetz

If you’re young and starting a new social venture, don’t make the common mistake of registering as a nonprofit too early. This article outlines three other options you should consider first: staying informal, organizational sponsorship and fiscal sponsorship.

2019 Spike of the Year — Greta Thunberg: Fridays for Future Movement

2019 Spike of the Year — Greta Thunberg: Fridays for Future Movement 750 1000 Lloyd Nimetz

Greta Thunberg won the Time Person of the Year with her Spike, the Fridays for Future Movement. We’d like to recognize her with our own distinction: The Spike of the Year.

How We Hire Our Unicorn Coaches

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At a 2.5% hire rate, it’s harder to become a coach at The Spike Lab than it is to get into Harvard. This article gives you an inside look at what we look for in our coaches and the interview process we’ve designed to make these difficult decisions.