The program is available for students age 15 to 20

With the Ignite Entrepreneurship Program, students grow their entrepreneurial mindsets and skills as they apply their passions and strengths to identify opportunities to creatively solve problems, develop their solution into a business, and pitch the idea.


The curriculum features hands-on activities that inspire curiosity, creativity, and collaboration while teaching students how to think entrepreneurially, identify and anticipate diverse societal needs, and create products and services that fill. those needs. The lessons introduce students to the fundamentals of the entrepreneurial mindset and skillset and how the entrepreneurial process can bring new creations or solutions to life.

Students will learn to embrace and reimagine failure as a learning process and become more confident and creative problem-solvers. They will learn new ways for effective brainstorming and how to apply design thinking. They will conduct market research, and practice pitching, presenting, and public speaking.

The Ignite Entrepreneurship Program curriculum, directly and indirectly, teaches the critical skills and mindsets of an entrepreneur, helping students to see themselves as tomorrow’s entrepreneurial leaders, regardless of what career path they choose!

Core Entrepreneurial Mindsets:
  1. Curiosity
  2. Growth Mindset
  3. Courage
  4. Persistence and Grit
  5. Opportunity-Seeking
  6. Problem Solving
  7. Redefining Failure
  8. Optimism
  9. Resourcefulness
  10. Adaptability
  11. Empathy
Core Entrepreneurial Skills:
  1. Creativity
  2. Teamwork
  3. Idea Generation
  4. Opportunity Analysis
  5. Market Research and Customer Validation
  6. Design-Thinking
  7. Prototyping
  8. Business Model Methodology
  9. Pitching
  10. Public-Speaking

The lessons are developed and organized with a purposeful sequence to ensure that students acquire the skills and strategies needed to apply new learning in meaningful and increasingly challenging ways. The entire program is 12 lessons. Each lesson is designed to be 90 minutes long but is separated into shorter activities that can be completed throughout 2 or more lessons. Individual activities are designed to take anywhere from 5-10 minutes to 65 minutes.