“Entrepreneurship is not something we can teach the masses using innovative charts, models and fancy text books. We cannot just create scalable methods to teach entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is a mindset. Instead, we must facilitate opportunities that allow students access to entrepreneurship using learning by doing and looking to failure to force the use of creativity and autonomous action. By doing that we give students a chance to identify their potential to think different by transforming their mindsets as they evolve” - Gary Conroy, Director of Entrepreneurial Studies
"In our experience at Windermere Preparatory School, we have seen the growth and development of our students as entrepreneurs have an amazing positive impact on their ability to self regulate their learning, to identify what they need to learn next, and to interact with adult professionals with confidence in unfamiliar situations. In short, much of what we might call “future proofing,” the development of the essential soft skills that are essential for success in an uncertain future, are being developed in our program. The world is changing. The best thing we can do for our students is to develop them as independent thinkers who have the confidence and experience to chart their own course as they grow into adults. In our experience, a well developed Entrepreneurship program is proving to be an effective way to meet this challenge." - Dr. Steven Lyng, Assistant Headmaster
Open to Grades Nine though Twelve
This course features a fast-paced curriculum where students are always "learning by doing" as they work in teams using constant collaboration. The class will demand students to learn through failure where failure is presented, not as a negative outcome, but rather as a positive movement toward real learning that advances a student’s skill in innovation and problem solving. The goal of the course is to move students away from the more traditional aspects of classroom learning, and into to the real world of experiential learning, so that students discover about themselves on a deeper level and begin to identify the traits they possess ultimately realizing the entrepreneur within. Something The Startup Studio likes to call "Learn to Start."
Our curriculum focuses on five key pillars:
- The first is Story - Participants are constantly challenged to tap into their own story and realize its amazing power as we look to ensure they are understanding the importance of finding their own unique paths.
- The second is Team - Participants problem solve in constant team environments so as to experience, learn, and understand the power of effective collaboration for each student as an individual.
- The third is Build - Participants explore multiple processes of modeling a creative thought from ideation to execution but with the focus always on the builder and never the methodology.
- The fourth is Pivot - Participants use critical thinking to move from ideation to actual solution and value proposition understanding that failure is the best learning tool they can use. Students use constant feedback so as to learn the importance and power of market data to create relevant change.
- The fifth is Pitch - We explore the true art of effective communication and the importance of selling yourself through self branding to understand the power of self and the power of relationships.
Students will end their year pitching their companies to real investors. Our top five teams go to a Final Pitch Event hosted by one of our industry partners where they compete for best Startup in front of a real VC panel.
Open to all Graduates of ES1
Students apply the skills and processes learned in Level 1 to real companies in the community. As young entrepreneurs, the class will spend the entire school year charged with assisting multiple CEO’s and Business Owners to solve real problems within their organizations. By doing so, students will get first-hand knowledge of what it means to own, operate and manage businesses while applying their entrepreneurial skills, to solving real business problems.
Prerequisite Entrepreneurship I and II
Students must apply all the skills, failures and processes learned in Level 1 and 2, and challenge their entrepreneurial mindsets by putting it all to work in a completely autonomous environment. They will be given access to use and manage all the resources built into the program to bring a Startup Company to market. Students will have access to a full network of market resources and professional mentorship to build a Startup capable of competing at a local, state and possibly even national level and will be responsible to execute a launch to market penetration focused on revenue generation and profitability.