You guide your middle school students to learn to be an entrepreneur.

Looking to give middle schoolers a jump start on entrepreneurship? This program empowers students with the tools and mindset to explore what it takes to be an entrepreneur.  It’s terrific for 8th graders, yet suitable for all middle school grades.  We provide curricular materials and resources for teachers to lead this class, including access to a turn-key ecommerce platform to launch a ‘pop up’ marketplace where students sell their products.

Creating a business – it begins with identifying a problem

With this program, your middle school school students work in teams to identify a problem to solve, create a product concept, pitch the idea, and iterate based on market learnings and the ecommerce selling experience.  Local volunteers from the business community mentor and support this interactive, real-world learning experience. This program differs from freshINCedu (the elementary program) in that tools and lessons are provided to enable more complex analysis and evaluation of product ideas to drive business decisions.

Skill-building and engaging

Through team-based, project-based learning, students build both entrepreneurship & critical skills, real-world skills:

  • Adaptability
  • Collaboration
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Problem-solving

Flexible fit into your school year

This program is 30-40 total instructional days. It offers 26 lessons, and typically runs every day 8 weeks or up to a semester, or as an after school program. It is structured to be flexible to accommodate your school’s calendar.

Program materials, tools and support

  • Comprehensive digital library of materials and assessments, including lesson plans
  • Project-based assessments and rubrics
  • Access to a turn-key ecommerce website/platform for your students to sell their products
  • Communication materials to promote your students’ marketplace to the community
  • Volunteer recruitment materials, and specific mentor guidelines and training

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