The Builders is an intensive training program designed to teach ambitious 14-24 year olds what they don’t learn in school, so that they can achieve their greatest dreams. Based on the idea that the best way to learn is to experience, students are challenged to start their own product-based business and make profit in less than four weeks. From learning how to conduct market research, to improving their sales techniques, Builders gain the skills fundamental to becoming their own future business owners and industry leaders. Students leave the program as business owners and with the skills and connections necessary to win in the modern world. Applicants are selected based on entrepreneurial talent and drive and are encouraged to apply no matter what corner of the globe they live in. Upon successful completion, students graduate with a Builders Accelerator Certificate and are inducted into a lifetime global network of Builders.

Builder - ‘bildEr/ noun

Person who has a natural gift to create economic energy and social impact where none existed before.

Know Your Strengths

Build a Team

Start a Business

Own your Future


Session I, Omaha, Nebraska
June 4th-29th


Session II, Washington, DC
July 9th-August 3rd
Tuition cost of $2,400 per student
Scholarships Available
Many Strengths Lab students are granted a full scholarship by local business and philanthropic sponsors. If you are interested in a full or partial scholarship for the Builders Program, please note that in your application.
Program Deposit

Upon admission, a non-refundable $500 deposit is required to secure your place in the program. The deposit is applied toward tuition, while the remaining balance is billed by The Strengths Lab and will be due in full prior to the first day of the program.

Refund Policy
Refunds are issued on the remaining balance (excluding the deposit) according to the policies below. Students who are dismissed from the program forfeit the right to a refund.
  • At least two weeks prior to program start date: 100% of balance
  • Prior to program start date: 90% of balance
  • First 2 days of program: 85% of balance
  • Day 3-onward: No refund