Educational Resources to Develop Entrepreneurial Children

Goals

To identify resources and systems that are available for parents and/or educators to develop entrepreneurially minded children at a young age (in particular ages 8-12) to determine if there is an opportunity in the market to provide educational materials and/or inspirational materials to young entrepreneurs.
To identify systems or games that are geared towards developing leaders and problem solvers with a social conscious for 4th-8th graders to determine if there is an opportunity in the market to provide educational materials and/or inspirational materials to young entrepreneurs.

Early Findings

Our initial research on resources and systems for entrepreneurial children revealed insights. Here are key pieces of information we found:

Resources and Systems for Entrepreneurial Children

  • Marketplace of Ideas/Marketplace for Kids is an organization that encourages children to explore entrepreneurship through the recognition and development of their inventive, creative thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Marketplace for Kids is a nationally recognized model that is designed for grades 3-8. Outreach and technical assistance is provided to school districts, consortium of schools, youth organizations, and associations interested in youth entrepreneurship.
  • Students have the opportunity to create projects using collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking, and these projects are showcased by the students as part of Education Days, where they can also explore more hands-on activities in entrepreneurship.
  • He helped to create an educational resource for K-12 students that utilizes design thinking and the components of the LAUNCH cycle: L: Look, Listen, Learn; A: Ask tons of questions; U: Understand the process or problem; N: Navigate ideas; C: Create a prototype; H: Highlight and fix to launch to an audience.
  • There are a variety of videos, podcasts, articles, workshops, and courses available for educators and parents to learn more in-depth about design thinking and the LAUNCH cycle.

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