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K-12 CURRICULUM

Early exposure to the entrepreneurial mindset can change the course of a student’s life.

Youth Entrepreneurship 
Curriculum

In order to equip kids around the world with an entrepreneurial mindset, we have designed our youth entrepreneurship curriculum to empower anyone to become a champion for kids’ learning. It is incredibly simple to implement, can be taught in a variety of ways, and introduces K-12 students to the core entrepreneurial mindsets and skillsets needed for the 21st century. 

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Flexible Curriculum for Out-of-Box Learning

K-12

for students of all backgrounds & skill levels

8

core topics (see details below!)

16

lessons full of hands-on activities

1.5

hours of learning time per lesson

$0

free on August 1, 2017!

Our mission is to create solutions for everyone to be able to expose children to the entrepreneurial mindset. So we’ve created a unique and fun, entrepreneurship curriculum—the perfect vehicle to develop a mindset and ‘heartset’ that kids can use for a lifetime, no matter what they choose to become. Our entrepreneurship curriculum includes 16 lessons that teach students the entrepreneurial process while they gain valuable skills and build an entrepreneurial mindset.

CORE TOPICS:
  1. Creativity

  2. Intro to Entrepreneurship

  3. Idea Generation

  4. Opportunity Analysis

  5. Market Research and Customer Validation

  6. Prototyping and Design Thinking

  7. Business Modeling

  8. Pitching and Public Speaking

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:
  • Lessons can be used to teach in all kinds of settings (in-school, after school, community groups e.g. Girl Scouts, and at home).
  • Our curriculum is designed with girls’ learning in mind (and are great for boys, too!). We help our instructors establish a safe (and brave) space for exploration with instructor tips and provide activities that promote collaboration, communication, confidence and creativity in girls. 
  • Lessons provide students or as we like to call them, VentureKids, with real-world connections and examples that make learning exciting and applicable to the world around them.
  • Lessons are fun, hands-on, and experiential in order to strengthen kids’ entrepreneurial thinking, ingenuity, and confidence. Most importantly, they promote creativity, team-work, problem-solving and fun!
  • We’re building our curriculum for specific grade groups. Lessons for 6-12th grade will be available on August 1, with curriculum for other grade levels being released soon after that!

 

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OUR ENTREPRENEURIAL MINDSET

Entrepreneurship isn’t just about starting companies; it is a skillset and a way of thinking. It involves identifying needs, brainstorming creative solutions, innovating, and taking calculated risks. In short, it’s about having a vision and making it a reality. Anyone can be entrepreneurial in their own way (think back to that summer you spent selling lemonade as a kid!). For example, artists and doctors may open their own gallery or practice. Teachers have to find the right resources for their classes. Some Girl Scouts find innovative ways to sell cookies through online platforms. And even within companies, innovation is necessary in order to stay competitive!

That’s why we believe the true value in learning and practicing entrepreneurship starts with nurturing an entrepreneurial mindset. This includes the ability to be confident and creative, to learn from failure, and to work well with others to bring your ideas to life. People sometimes say there should be a simpler, less clunky word for all this. But to us,  ‘entrepreneurship' is a short, amazing word that encompasses everything it’s about: vision, creativity, innovation, initiative, persistence, risk and fear tolerance, collaboration, resilience and determination—in just five syllables.

Our programs create VentureKids, youth who dare to dream and do! They learn:

1. Failure is OK: They redefine failure as an opportunity for learning and a launchpad for their next success or discovery.

2. Growth Mindset: They realize that they can learn and achieve anything and that they have the power to stretch their brains and sharpen their minds! 

3. Courage: They recognize they can make great things happen if they dare to step out of their comfort zone(s). 

4. Persistence and Grit: Entrepreneurial kids learn to work through failure in order to create solutions for the problems they are passionate about. 

5. Opportunity- seeking:  Entrepreneurial kids are active observers that identify and act on circumstances where they can add value, innovate, or solve a problem! 

6. Problem-solving: They are active doers that develop creative solutions to problems around them. 

7. Curiosity: They always ask “what if” and “why” and seek new and creative ways of learning and doing. 

8. Optimism: They are confident and hopeful in their ability to innovate and their potential for making an impact. 

9. Resourcefulness: They develop quick and and clever ways to overcome challenges.  

10. Adaptability: They are able to make smart changes when challenges arise without losing heart or giving up.

11. Empathy: It is vital to think about other people’s needs and feelings and keeping these in mind when solving a problem.

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OUR ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLSET

In addition to helping students develop an entrepreneurial mindset through interactive hands-on activities, our curriculum fosters entrepreneurial skillset that is critical for the 21st century. They learn:

1. Creativity: Being creative means being bold and imaginative and not limiting your thinking to what’s already been done. Fostering kids’ innate creativity as they grow paves the way for new ways of doing and solving that can change the world.

2. Teamwork: It's rare for someone to accomplish great things by themselves. Everyone has something to contribute and teams need diverse perspectives, skills, and talents. After all, sometimes it takes more than one person to change a lightbulb!  

3. Idea Generation: The key to developing solutions is to let your mind spread its wings and fly. Come up with as many ideas as possible -- after all, photographers don’t just take one great photo, they take thousands to get that one! And remember, great ideas can sometimes come from silly ones too!

4. Opportunity Analysis: Ideas are one half of the problem-solving puzzle, the other half is to determine whether any of your creative ideas can and should be brought to life. Entrepreneurs look for and analyze different patterns and trends to see if an idea will be successful and if it’s the right time to get started.

5. Market Research and Customer Validation: For your product to be successful, it’s important to first gather information about your potential customers or users. Once you understand their needs, you can fine tune your proposed product to make sure it’s useful and something they’ll want! You wouldn’t try to sell snow boots to someone who lives in the Tropics! 

6. Design Thinking: To develop the most effective solutions, entrepreneurs need to have empathy. They put the user first and seek out feedback in order to design with their needs in mind. 

7. Prototyping: Entrepreneurs create simple models to explain their idea, get user feedback, and to learn how their product needs to be tweaked. A prototype can be anything from a drawing on a napkin, to a cardboard video game, to a 3D printed prosthetic hand! 

8. Business Model Methodology: Planning is an important part of being an entrepreneur— business models help you answer the practical questions that help bring your product to life: How much will it cost to make your product? How much will you sell your product for? Will you make a profit? Where do you sell? 

9. Pitching: Rallying people around your innovation is just as important as developing the product or company itself! Effective “pitches” are clear, short and persuasive. Imagine that you have 30 seconds while riding an elevator with someone— what would you say to get them excited?

10. Public Speaking: For entrepreneurs, having a room full of people wanting to hear about your venture could be a launch pad for major success! When you have these opportunities, you want to make sure you're able to communicate as clearly and effectively as possible (this can take practice!).

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