Edgemakers Is Teaching Innovation And Entrepreneurship To Kids

There’s much debate about whether entrepreneurship can be taught. But, most of that debate occurs in college. Self made millionaire and entrepreneurship thought leader Gary Vaynerchuck has made it clear time and time again that entrepreneurship classes in college are, for the most part, a waste of time.

Many people, myself included, believe that entrepreneurship is something that you’re born with. The hustle factor comes natural for many people. Most of this talk though, is almost always about adults, or at least college students.

What about the younger generation?

When you read stories about the most successful entrepreneurs in the world you hear about lemonade stands, selling candy at school, homework businesses and more. It was until the last five to ten years, that companies, curriculums and initiatives really targeted that innovative spirit that lives in many students.

There’s another type of amazing student lurking in classrooms everywhere. It’s the student that cares so much about life, and people. The student that you can tell, wants to make an impactful change in the world.  Then there’s the student in the back of the room. He or she finished that test or quiz with lightning speed. They always get impressive grades, but they get done with the work and stare off into space. The dreamers, the doers.

“EdgeMakers is the world’s first comprehensive learning system for innovation and the related discipline of entrepreneurship. Today’s world–and tomorrow’s–demands a different kind of educated human being. One who has learned the discipline of how to create with a purpose.” the company says.

EdgeMakers is an integrated, practice based, purpose driven learning system for innovation and entrepreneurship. Their system encompasses, creativity and innovation, story telling and change making, design edge, character and collaboration and entrepreneurship and startups.

Through EdgeMakers students explore:

  • How does creativity work?
  • What does it mean to be innovative and “do” innovation?
  • What lessons can we learn from creative people?
  • How are ideas born?
  • What does my creativity look like?
  • What makes an effective creative team?

Like the Rochester based Young Entrerpeneur’s Academy there is definitely a need for programs that will either teach kids the fundamentals of entrepreneurship or help them bring out their inner entrepreneur and innovator. Our now 10 year old edtech reporter, Tatum F, spoke with Edgemakers at ISTE earlier this summer. Check out the interview video above and for more information visit: edgemakers.com 

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