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Research in Entrepreneurship/Business with Professor

Students will work with Professor Harini (Seshadri) Mittal, Ph.D., and get introduced to the world of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. They will learn in-depth about Design Thinking Process, Conduct Customer Interviews. Further, they'll learn to create a product or service concept based on customer needs. They will get to present their Product Concept.

Bonuses: Write a research journal about their whole product concept. (submit for publication). Gain an internship with a real company and apply the knowledge learned.

June 27 - August 9, 2023


Dr.Harini Mittal: Tuesday and Thursday, June 27 - Aug 9 at 8 PM EST/7 PM CST/5 PM PST (Twice a week)

Final Project Presentation: TBD

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Session Details


June 27 - August 5, 2023

Dates: Tuesday and Thursday, June 27 - Aug 1 at 8 PM EST/7 PM CST/5 PM PST (Twice a week)

Final Project Presentation: TBD


SESSION 1: Entrepreneurial Foundations 

Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Tuesday, June 27 at 8 PM EST

1-hour session

SESSION 2: Design Thinking Session 1

Students learn innovative solutions to life based on how real users think, feel, and behave.

Thursday, June 29 at 8 PM EST

2-hour session

SESSION 3: Design Thinking Session 2

Students learn iterative, non-linear process which focuses on collaboration between designers and users.

Tuesday, July 11 at 8 PM EST

2-hour session 

SESSION 4: Design Thinking Session 3

Students learn to come up with a problem statement and customer segment identification.

Thursday, July 13 at 8 PM EST

1-hour session

SESSION 5: Customer Interview Preparation

Students learn how to design and conduct a customer interview. 

Tuesday, July 18 at 8 PM EST

1-hour session

Presentation of customer responses

2-week break during which students conduct customer interviews based on the template provided by Professor.

Two-week break to complete homework

SESSION 6: Product Concept

A 2-hour session where students do a mock presentation and receive feedback from Professor.

Tuesday, August 1 at 8 PM EST 

2-hour session

SESSION 7: Final Presentation of Product Concept and Graduation

A 2-hour session where students show their final product and gain presentation skills. Parents and siblings are invited to the ceremony.

Saturday, August 5 TBD

2-hour session

SESSION 8: Research Paper Draft

The research paper's final draft is due for review. Professor will provide the format to write the research paper for submission to journals.

Saturday, August 12



Coach JO will review how to submit research papers to various publications that accept high school student research journals, and the Gifted Gabber website.

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Detailed Session Dates


No Pre-requisites required

Middle and High School Students preferably grade 8 and higher, however, we are selective about 8th graders who can handle the rigor of Research.

Program Objectives

Core Research Program Objectives: 

  1. Introduction to the World of Entrepreneurship
  2. Unleash creativity, leadership, and Entrepreneurial mindset
  3. Brainstorm for Business Ideas
  4. Learn how to validate their ideas based on customer research
  5. Master the process and significance of Customer Discovery
  6. Conduct a feasibility study of an idea
  7. Learn how to present a compelling narrative of a product concept

Bonus # 1

Business Internships in real-life companies will be provided to apply design thinking and customer interview processes. 

Bonus # 2

Business research students will be guided to write a research paper based on their learnings. Guidance will be provided for publishing.

Disclaimer: We cannot assure that the paper will be published as it is dependent on publishing organizations.

Bonus # 3

Prepare for Pitch Fest or Competitions

  • Bonus sessions by Coach Jo to prepare a Pitch based on Dr.Mittal's pitch deck.
  • Coach Jo will share a list of competitions to participate in.
  • Create a Focus Group of Students who actively pitch their ideas and get Venture Capitalist Funding.

About Lead Researcher

Dr. Harini (Seshadri) Mittal, PhD

Professor, The City University of New York

Founder and Head - BCC CUNY Hatchery and Incubator

Dr.Mittal is skilled in Entrepreneurship, Business Development, Consulting, Public Policy, Finance, Venture Capital, and Public Speaking. She is an experienced academic with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. She is a published author with a Ph.D. in Finance, pursuing a Master of Science - MS focused on Quantitative Methods and Modeling from the Zicklin School of Business. She is passionate about the empowerment of low-income communities through her entrepreneurship expertise.

About Your Instructor

Jothsna Kethar, Mentor and Coach

Coach Jo, as her students call her, is an Independent Educational Consultant and College Counselor. She is a certified Tony Robbins Life Coach. She trained to identify children's goals, and be their supportive friend and trusted adviser. She has also Trained under Peg Dawson, EdD., a renowned psychologist. She uses this understanding to coach children to discover their strengths to overcome their hurdles and roadblocks on their path to success. She is a certified Meditation Instructor as well and strives to empower parents in their child’s educational journey.

Jo also runs a nonprofit named InspireYouth, a nonprofit 501©3 organization that aims at empowering youth and fostering leadership. InspireYouth aspires to create lifetime humanitarians out of teens by providing various volunteering opportunities to contribute, learn and grow! 

She completed her College Counseling course at UC Berkeley. Building a customized college list is her specialty. Her students have landed in Ivy league colleges such as Cornell, also landing in affordable colleges, winning merit aid/scholarships to the tune of over 2 million dollars in total.

About Program Coordinator

Smrutha Vikram, Program Coordinator, and Lead 

Teaching is Smrutha's passion, and she has been instructing students of all ages for the past 10 years. She strives to create a space for students to explore their hidden talents while helping them further their interests and passion. Smrutha is an integral part of Gifted Gabber and creates and runs various programs. She is the main point of contact for all Gifted Gabber programs.

Smrutha has been instrumental in successfully getting 2022 Summer Research students to complete their research papers and publish them.

Benefits of Research Program


Research can be included in the extracurricular activity list, resume, and any awards received as a result of Research. Scientific Journal publishing is one of the key ingredients when it comes to applying for Pre-med colleges.


College admissions officers recognize the value of high school research projects and feel that the very act of completing such extensive projects speaks to a student’s passion, perseverance, intellectual capacities, and ability to handle challenges.


By engaging in performing research, high school students develop critical thinking, logical reasoning, problem-solving, deep learning, and analytical skills. Variety of supplemental essays would allow you to discuss your research or why a particular college is a good fit for you.

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Research Success

Published Papers by past research students!

The Effect of Stress on Insulin Production Across Different Generations 

Published by Om Patil

Research conducted on stress and its effects on day-to-day lives, with an even higher impact on the lives of those who have diseases, such as diabetes. In this research paper, the question of how the output of a particular hormone, insulin, differs across different generations will be discussed. 


Is Aducanumab a Miracle Drug? 

By: Sanjana Ananthula

A new drug called Aducanumab has been circulating the medical news for a while along with many questions. To answer these questions, it is imperative to understand Alzheimer’s disease. This research was done by reading other articles and observing scans to comprehend the premise of the problems truly. 


The Effects of Neurons on the Well-Being of Humans 

 By: Arushi Biswas

The purpose of this study was to analyze the effects of neurons on the average person’s daily life and what can release the “good” chemicals. Engaging in activities one may enjoy results in the release of serotonin and dopamine, two of the most important neurotransmitters in the nervous system.


The Connection between COVID-19 Variants (Gamma and Delta Variant)

By: Sneha Nangunoori 

This research paper discusses the connection between two prominent variants: the Gamma variant and the Delta variant, and certain demographic features like gender, age, and location. The method used in this research paper includes finding data using python to extract the needed data to support theories. 


Check Published Research Papers >>



My best win was successfully completing my paper. Coach Jo helped by being very encouraging and making sure I did more and more work each week instead of just waiting for the last week.


Working with Coach Jo helped me write my research paper because she gave a lot of constructive criticism and helped me learn about my topic.


I feel like going through the whole writing process and the Thursday classes hosted by Coach Jo definitely helped me improve as a writer.

What's included?

What is included in the Research in Entrepreneurship/Business with Professor

  • 10 LIVE sessions in total.

  • Two-three live sessions every week.

  • Final Oral Presentation of the student product concept.
  • All Recordings on Learning Management Tool

  • Whatsapp Group for Parents

  • Discord Group for Students

  • Accountability and Support to stay on track

  • Guidance on writing a 3000+ word research paper based on their product concept.

  •  Guidance on submission of student individual research papers in journals.

  • Letter of Recommendation from Professor Harini Mittal, Ph.D.

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