Entreprenurial Program

ENTREPRENEURIAL PROGRAM

MLHS has partnered with local community members and neighboring businesses to design LAKER LAUNCH, a planned four-year entrepreneurial and business program that will empower our students in becoming future leaders and creative problem solvers. As part of this program, students will analyze case studies, run the Entrepreneur Club’s burgeoning e-commerce platforms, and design and launch their own student businesses. Students can matriculate for the entire 4-year program, or they can take just one or two of the classes. Each of these classes may fulfill the district’s financial literacy graduation requirement. Students should speak with their School Counselors for verification.

Introduction to Entrepreneurship $
Grade Level 9-12
2.5 Credits

Introduction to Entrepreneurship is a semester-long course that will help students foster an entrepreneurial mindset to prepare our students to be innovative and resilient in today’s changing times. Students will analyze businesses and research successes and failures by examining case studies in each of the nine units: customer segments, value propositions, channels, customer relationships, revenue streams, key resources, key activities, key partnerships, and cost structure. Students will then apply their learning as they cross-train in each of those departments with the Entrepreneur Club’s e-commerce business.
 
Entrepreneurship 2: Selling Yourself and Your Business $
Grade Level 10-12
5 Credits
Prerequisite: Completion of Intro to Entrepreneurship OR previous membership in the Entrepreneurship Club

Building on the skills and lessons from the MLHS Entrepreneurial Club sessions or the Introduction class, this year-long course focuses on marketing and business communications. This course is designed to help you sharpen your writing, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills to help you succeed in the business world. In the second half of the course, you will explore core concepts and tools to help you better understand and excel in marketing. Key topics include Market Research and its importance to strategy, brand strategy, pricing, integrated marketing communication, social media strategy, and more. Students will then head the marketing and customer relationship departments for the Entrepreneur Club’s e-commerce business.

Entrepreneurship 3 Honors: Launch! $ or 📙
Grade Level 11-12
Prerequisite: Completion of Entrepreneurship 2
5 Credits
This course will focus on finance, leadership, and business iteration in which students are expected to launch their own businesses. Students will move beyond last year's marketing material and focus on their own businesses. Field trips and guest speakers will continue to be part of this course. An optional summer trip to study business operations may be part of the program.

Entrepreneurship 4 Honors $
Grade Level 11-12
Prerequisite: Completion of Entrepreneurship 3 Honors
5 Credits

Students will use Strategyzer’s Business Model Canvas as they prepare and launch their very own business. Students will analyze businesses and research successes and failures by examining case studies in each of the nine Canvas building blocks: customer segments, value propositions, channels, customer relationships, revenue streams, key resources, key activities, key partnerships, and cost structure. Students will pitch their ideas to a board made of volunteer parents with business experience, create partnership agreements, and seek real financing from parents and other resources. These class sessions will blend technology, design, and entrepreneurship through hands-on, project-based lessons. This entrepreneurship education includes promoting and organizing a business, analyzing financial information, setting department goals and measuring success against those goals. Finally, students will practice leadership by mentoring a grade school student on a two-month entrepreneur project using the TREP$ program and leading one change management project to improve their community or school.

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