About the Program
In partnership with the G-Unity Foundation and Horizon United Group, the Houston Independent School District (HISD) has developed an educational intervention program, The G-Unity Business Lab, in which a team (parents, teachers, community services providers) will provide both educational and social services to youth attending HISD and residing in communities of high need.
The goal of the program is to arm youth from urban areas with education and business acumen in the hopes they will be able to start their own companies or manage a company.
Beginning in the fall of 2021, three high schools will work with HISD educators, Houston business leaders, and the G-Unity Foundation to complete an after-school course that teaches MBA concepts aligned with Curtis Jackson’s book, Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter.
Students will have the opportunity to engage in lessons and labs that are the full lifecycle of a product or concept, from idea creation to market branding, to running a company. Through the twelve-week course, students will be exposed to instruction from high-achieving business leaders that will mentor them through the process.
The program will culminate in a “Shark Tank” style competition that will be judged by Curtis Jackson, Al Kashani, President of Horizon United Group, and other community leaders. The winners will receive seed money to begin their businesses that are incubated in Houston.
"The G-Unity’s partnership with HISD will help high schoolers achieve their goals and dreams to become entrepreneurs and leaders on campus and in their community. What they learn in the G-Unity Lab will become lessons for a lifetime. As students train to acquire critical skills, they will conceive concepts for business that many of us could have never imagined. The opportunity to engage in MBA-type lessons will take students to the next level as they embrace the ideas of what it takes to launch their own business. We could not do this important work of fostering opportunity and enhancing the lives of our students without the support of partners like Curtis Jackson."
—HISD Superintendent Millard House II