Professional Learning

Professional Learning

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

Experience is the best teacher, so be prepared to get out of your chair, flex your creativity muscle, and invent something new!

We’re devoted to spreading the entrepreneurial mindset and sharing our expertise with a variety of audiences. Contact us about our other entrepreneurial learning opportunities, including:

  • Custom Trainings
  • Workshops
  • Interactive and speaker-centric speaking engagements

 

Schedule a VentureLab Training

ENTREPRENEURIAL MINDSET WORKSHOP

Explore the entrepreneurial mindset through a hands-on training experience. Instructors will practice the kind of innovating that entrepreneurs actually do by starting a business or venture during the training. They will also learn the best methods for teaching the entrepreneurial mindsets and skillsets.

Instructors learn to serve as mentors, guides, facilitators, and most of all, champions for transformative learning. Our Entrepreneurial Mindset training will prep you to be a prime example of the curious and resilient learner we aim to create.

  • ½ day training (3 hours)
  • 1 day training (6 hours)
  • 3 day training (6 hours per day)

CUSTOM ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING

As proud technology geeks, former educators and entrepreneurs, our team knows that innovating— whether it’s in the classroom or in the boardroom— can be difficult. Thankfully we have years under our belt experimenting with the best strategies for unleashing people’s creative potential.

Topics:

  • Creating your own Makerspace and designing your space for creativity
  • Incorporating technology in the classroom
  • 3D printing in the classroom
  • Embracing failure and a growth mindset
  • Growing STEM girls through entrepreneurship

 

Entrepreneurial Skillset 

Our Entrepreneurial Mindset training prepares you to feel confident and prepared to introduce and foster the following skillsets in students:

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. Brainstorming/ 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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