How to get started with the Entrepreneurial Adventure Program
Partners are matched in the fall of the school year, and the programs operate between January and May. Entrepreneurial Advantage Showcases are held in cities across Canada at the end of May every year.
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Why Entrepreneurial Adventure?
Teachers and Business
- September: Register on the Entrepreneurial Adventure website at www.venturecafe.ca
- Upon registration, gain access to resources and information
- December: Professional development workshop is provided
- December: Meeting with business partner
- Planning time is coordinated between partners
- “Seed money” may be needed to begin the business venture
- January: Classroom visitations begin and a timetable is set for future visitations
- January: Project implementation begins
- May: Showcase celebrations – the Big Day!
The program benefits not just the teachers, business partner volunteers and students, but the entrepreneurial ventures become a point of pride for communities and generally result in funds being raised to support special causes.
By instilling a sense of entrepreneurial adventure in the students, the program also opens the door for economic development and innovative projects to occur in communities and could effectively reduce the amount of youth out-migration by illustrating the boundless opportunities that an entrepreneurial venture provides.
What's in it for Students?
What's in it for Teachers?
- 32% of young people view entrepreneurship as the most desired profession
- Explore various career opportunities
- Learn business skills, financial literacy, presenting and promoting to the public
- Learn how to plan, organize and deliver a project – project management skills
- Make the curriculum relevant, using real-world projects and authentic learning
- Develop teamwork skills, interpersonal skills and support creativity
- Build self-confidence and resilience
- Make a significant contribution to their community, develop personal & social responsibility
- Have fun!
The Role of the Teacher
- Entrepreneurial Adventure aligns and is easily integrated into the provincial curriculum
- Appeals to students at all ability levels
- Develops community partnerships
- Teach students to be more creative, strategic thinkers
- Professional development opportunities
- Access to ideas, activities, and a library of recourses and discussion forums
- Networking with other colleagues from different schools and boards
- Chance to win a national award and cash prize for your classroom
- Have fun!
- Act as a facilitator in the classroom
- Agree to time commitment with the partner – one hour and a half per week as a starting point
- Communicate with the business partner on a regular basis to establish a solid partnership
- Attend the Entrepreneurial Workshop as part of Professional Development
- Connect with the EA community through Venture Café – the online support network
- Develop a business plan and raise money for venture start-up costs
- Brainstorm with students on the plans, projects and implement it through curriculum objectives
- Complete the application for the National Awards (optional)
- Complete the project by May, ready for the Showcase and Celebrations
Call to Action: Teachers register your class now
to start your Entrepreneurial Adventure program by clicking here
What's in it for Business Partners?
The Role of the Business Partner
- Give back to the community by contributing to public education and serve as a role model
- Share your knowledge and expertise
- Establish your brand and profile in the community
- Gain access to The Learning Partnership’s national forum and a library of resources
- Demonstrate corporate social responsibility - instill the value of giving and caring
- Promote the value of one and the power of many
- Have fun!
Call to Action: Business Partners register your services now
- Work with the class to identify and develop a business venture
- Assist the students to develop an understanding of the skills and attributes that such a venture requires
- Share personal knowledge and expertise
- Make presentations to the class that relate to the desired outcome of their venture
- Help develop or acquire resource materials that students may need
- Help to assess the ideas, opportunities and venture plans of the students
- Provide opportunities for students to visit a business
- Connect the class to other businesses in the community
- Assist in the completion of the application for the National Awards (based on the class’ decision to participate)
- students and teachers are waiting in the wings for your support and mentorship! Click here
For more information on this program, please contact:
Entrepreneurial Adventure National Manager and GTA
EA Regional Program Managers:
Halifax Email: firstname.lastname@example.org