Teaching Entrepreneurship in 30 Minutes or Less Part 2: (Free Award Winning Syllabus and Lesson Plan)

September 30, 2012 at 11:18 pm 2 comments

Want to teach entrepreneurship to a class, kids, grandkids (yourself) in 30 minutes or an hour? Here’s part 2 in our 3 part series.

The EITC (Entrepreneur in the Classroom) curriculum is comprised of three downloadable Powerpoints and has been taught to approximately 100,000 students a year for the past six years.

As mentioned in the first and last post in this series, we’ve recently updated this entrepreneurship curriculum, and here’s a post to give you a quick 30 minute exercise in each module that is one of my personal favorites as an intro. I am the curriculum author, Kathy Korman Frey, and teach a nationally award-winning entrepreneurship course at the George Washington University School of Business.  So scroll down, dig in, and have fun.

30 minute exercise #2 (for a class, family, and more)

Prep step: Free registration. Register for the free EITC curriculum here.

Part I: Watch this video by Daniel Pink (Play through minute 3:03)

Daniel Pink on Motivation

Part II: Discuss

  • Think of a challenging problem. It may be something faced by you, those in your community, or in your school.
  • Next, brainstorm a creative solution, or a different approach to solve this problem or challenge.

Suggested 30 minute timing: Video, approximately five minutes; Discussion 20 minutes. Summary & wrap up: 5 minutes.

More: Want this on PowerPoint? See slides 6 and 7 (Exercise 2-1) in the EITC Free Curriculum: Module 2.

Optional (additional 30 minutes to 1 hour):

  • For groups: Each participant presents for 30 seconds to one minute on their problem, and creative solution.
  • For individuals: Write up a one page (max) problem and solution summary, and share it with another person for feedback (maybe even the organization or topic for the suggestion themselves!)

What is covered in EITC Module 2?

  • Transform a Business Idea into Reality
  • Develop  Skills to Gather Market Information
  • Understand Risks of Starting a Business

The bottom line of this 30 minute exercise – “How do I make an idea  – e.g., a solution to a problem or gap in the marketplace – a reality?”  Start by taking time to conceptualize and articulate the idea. 

Stay tuned for 30 minute exercise #3 in this series.

Are you an educator? Be sure to see our EITC Educators Corner.

More information

Know a Young Entrepreneur? Nominate them here.

EITC: 3 free PPTs to teach entrepreneurs. Click here.

The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization promoting the importance of small business and free enterprise to the nation’s youth. More information is available at www.NFIB.com/YEF. The Foundation is associated with the National Federation of Independent Business; NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals.

Entrepreneur In The Classroom. The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation Entrepreneur-in-the-Classroom (EITC) supplemental curriculum exposes students to entrepreneurship and the necessary steps to take an idea and turn it into a business. The free curriculum can be integrated into classes teaching a variety of subjects including music, art, fashion, business and many more. You must be registered to view the full Entrepreneur-in-the-Classroom curriculum.

Related links:

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