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The Founder's Edge: Strategic Entrepreneurship in an Era of Innovation (2019 Spring)

Course NameGradesStart Date
End Date
DayStart Time
End Time
Total
Sessions
Tuition
Entrepreneurship6 & Up2019-01-13
2019-05-19
(TBD)12:00 AM
12:00 AM
0 (TBD)$0 (TBD)

Description: Students will combine theory with practice in this project-based course on the methodologies, skills, and economics of entrepreneurship.

This course is taught and organized in a way that allows students to learn and practice each stage of the startup process, including:

- Theories of innovation
- Macroeconomics of the new economy
- Creative ideation
- product-market fit/customer -
- validation
- Iterative prototyping
- Operations and logistics
- Marketing
- Effective decision-making
- Fundraising
- Microeconomics of pricing/valuations

Students will be assigned regular readings from books like How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg, Business Model Canvas by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur, and Sprint by Braden Kowitz and Jake Knapp and online texts.

Students will turn theory into action by launching and developing their own companies throughout the course. In addition, students will interview a local CEO, engage in project-based learning with startup companies in Portland, and develop a personal and professional online presence that creates opportunities for them in the future. Students will learn and use the design thinking methodology, lean startup processes, and the Business Model Canvas. Collaboration, effective communication, strategic thinking, creative problem-solving, initiative, and conflict resolution, among other soft-skills, will be emphasized throughout the course.

At the end of the semester, students will engage in due diligence sessions with actual investors and will pitch their projects to parents and community members associated with the MiT School.

Location: MiT School
Instructor(s): Meredith Goddard




Innovation Workshop: Making Ideas Happen (2019 Spring)

Course NameGradesStart Date
End Date
DayStart Time
End Time
Total
Sessions
Tuition
Innovation Workshop5 - 82019-01-13
2019-05-19
(TBD)12:00 AM
12:00 AM
0 (TBD)$0 (TBD)

Description: Middle School Program (Grades: 5-8)

This course introduces students to creative ideation and problem-solving methods used by successful innovators and entrepreneurs throughout the world. Students will engage in hands-on, creative lessons to learn design thinking methodology, lean startup methodology, and visual strategizing. Students will individually develop their own products and projects based on their ideas and interests, as well as work with a group on a social impact project to solve a community challenge.

This playful course emphasizes soft-skill development: collaboration, communication, creative problem-solving and resilience. Students will build and refine prototypes based on feedback, learn to pitch their projects and ideas, and bring their projects to life by the end of the semester.

Location: MiT School
Instructor(s): Meredith Goddard




The Side-Hustle for Students: Strategy and Income for the Freelance Future of Work (2019 Spring)

Course NameGradesStart Date
End Date
DayStart Time
End Time
Total
Sessions
Tuition
Future of Work9 - 122019-01-13
2019-05-19
(TBD)12:00 AM
12:00 AM
0 (TBD)$0 (TBD)

Description: High School Program (Grades 9-12)

The future of work requires us to replace the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" with,

"What do you want to do with your time?"
"What impact do you want to make on the world?"
"What kind of life do you want to lead?"
and "How can you develop multiple income streams now?"

This student-centered, practical, and engaging course for high school students upends the outdated career development model by asking students to create paid-work opportunities in the freelance economy as a first step in their professional lives. This course exposes young people to critical research on the future of work and the exponential changes expected as a result of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Students will develop their personal brand and mission statement.

Each student will create a personal website that showcases their skills, values, and experiences in order to set themselves up for success in the future of work and in the college admissions process. Students will inventory their skills, analyze their strengths and weaknesses, define their most marketable skills and will begin engaging in the gig-economy. Finally, students will learn strategies to continue to expand and develop their side-hustle, while being a full-time student during the academic year.

Location: MiT School
Instructor(s): Meredith Goddard





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