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Resources for Entrepreneurship Education

Resources for Entrepreneurship Education

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Edutopia produced a video many years ago about student entrepreneurs in the San Francisco Bay Area: http://www.edutopia.org/student-entrepreneurs-win-big While the name of the organization has changed to Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) since we made the video, they are still going strong. In the words of founder Curt DeBerg, "What started 11 years ago has now turned into an international non-profit organization that links high school student organizations to mentors from local universities. SAGE is now a global community of teenage entrepreneurs sharing a common purpose: to make the world a better place. SAGE’s mission is to advance youth business and social entrepreneurship in an ethical and socially-responsible manner. Youth use their experience as a SAGE member to become self-reliant, create wealth, and help others." Check it out! http://sageglobal.org/ Any other resources to suggest? Thanks, Amy

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Cheryl Young's picture
Cheryl Young
Educator in Private Practice: Entrepreneurship Education & Sustainabilty Ed
Facilitator

BizKids is a video made by PBS a couple of years ago.

Nancy Munro's picture

KnowledgeShift produces a podcast series for women entrepreneurs and is a great resource for future entrepreneurs to hear directly from women who started from the ground up. You can find the podcasts in iTunes under Powerful Women or go to the blog where they are posted http://powerfulwomen.typepad.com

Alice Brooks's picture
Alice Brooks
Special education teacher from Georgia

I am interested in connecting students with disabilities to entrepreneurship opportunities in the local community where I live and teach. There are some individuals that are working with individuals to start micro-businesses that are designed based on the individuals abilities and interests.

Susan Betten's picture
Susan Betten
5th grade teacher

I started an after-school club called "E-Club" ("Entrepreneur's Club) where students start their own businesses, compete against one another, run a school store where they can sell their items if they sell anything and have a ton of fun while learning.

Our meetings start with an intro. for the day. They visit http://www.bizkids.com to watch many of the video episodes they have on file from seasons 1 and 2 of the PBS television show. We talk about the school store and students get paid whatever they've sold. We always have a visiting mentor for the day. The mentors are local business owners who commit to coming for 20-30 minutes. I email them our questionairre ahead of time so that they'll have some focus as to what to discuss with the students. Students also learn to use a lot of technology including various Microsoft Office programs like Publisher (to make advertisements & business cards), Word (to create 'public service announcements' to read over the school intercom) and Power Point (to create the slide shows they'll share at the local auditorium where we ask parents, mentors, and other community members to come see our young entrepreneurs share about their struggles, the things they've learned and to even give one last pitch effort to advertise their businesses).

Some students have their products in local stores. We only needed a computer lab. with access to the internet, some modeling to get them started and then all I had to do was find mentors to fill in the blanks.

It's a club any school could start and the cost is nearly minimal! It's been a great success and I'm predicting my local town will one day be known as the City of Entrepreneurs ... unless one of you contacts me and you start the ball rolling in your town, too.

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