Design For The Blind

By: Project ECHO

Exceptional Scholars

Project ECHO is a non-profit organization that empowers middle and high school students to build the skills and confidence to be change-makers. 


Over the past twenty years, tens of thousands of students have gone through Project ECHO's year-long, semester-long, and/or after school club offerings to learn how to respond to a challenge in their community or industry and innovate a solution. 


In 2018, Project ECHO challenged their students to consider implementing a service or product for people who were blind and visually impaired.


The program culminated with a business plan competition on campus at UCLA Anderson School of Management where student teams competed for cash prizes. 


“Project ECHO gives students the opportunity to achieve business success while a teenager and helps them to think beyond their enrollment in high school.  It starts them thinking about the success they can achieve after high school and they’re fired up about their new goals in life and school.  ECHO is the first activity our students list on college and job applications. This experience is truly life-changing for our teens.”  -Diane Quast, Executive Director


Surveys demonstrate that on average 90% of the students are more interested in school after their participation in our program and about the same percentage want to continue to vocational school or college after they graduate from high school.

  • Project ECHO is an activity-based high school entrepreneurship program that aims to turn the classroom into a personally relevant, engaging and inclusive experience for teens. Through its robust entrepreneurship program inclusive of a formal curriculum, field trips to UCLA, mentorship, assistance to schools to build community collaborations, and the High School Entrepreneurs’ Business Plan Competition, students complete Project ECHO college-ready and career-focused.