Startup.business delivers a unique entrepreneurial program targeted at school aged children. Its focus is to change the mindset of young learners to help them in seeing and understanding the possibilities in entrepreneurship.
What's so different about startup.business?
Teaching Entrepreneurship is about changing the mindset of the learning process. Our pedagogical approach means we incorporate student passion and interest, with business being a vehicle for change rather than a set of concepts or terms.
We learn because of our curiosity, because of the challenges we face, because of the things we do… and as we learn we grow. That’s why we’ve brought together entrepreneurs and academics to design a unique program of learning.
We realise that to learn about entrepreneurship requires students to be richly embedded in the context of opportunity, change, uncertainty and action. If they can’t see it, they can’t become it.
The core focus of the program is seeing and understanding the possibilities in entrepreneurship. Our learning is designed around the concept of Problem-Based Learning (PBL) reflecting the way people learn and develop in real life. The aim is to provide the problems (not the solutions) to facilitate learning. Educators are Mentors (not just teachers) as the community of practice must go far beyond one person with answers. It’s an important shift in the philosophy of learning.
Entrepreneurial Learning in Action
Barriers to entrepreneurship are reducing across most countries in the OECD, including in Australia. Nevertheless, research shows entrepreneurship is typically only encouraged in those families with entrepreneurial parents, meaning for most of us: entrepreneurship is either an accidental journey or one modelled on existing family businesses.
We want to show young people how the skills and mindset of entrepreneurship can allow them to create their own jobs. If our youth don’t feel like they know what to do, how to do it, or who to do it with, there is no way they can aspire to change the world, build their wealth or become business leaders. Whether they want to be social or commercial entrepreneurs, or even employees or professionals, they need basic skills and nous to succeed.
Teaching entrepreneurship is about changing the mindset of the learning process. Our pedagogical approach means we incorporate student passion and interest, with business being a vehicle for change rather than a set of concepts or terms.