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Carefully selected Singapore-based entrepreneurs present students with a real and urgent business problem that they are currently trying to solve. Students move through a three to four-week cycle to research and design evidence-based solutions for the problem. Using the Business Model Canvas, Lean Startup Methods, Design Thinking and Customer Development, students present their proposed solutions and evidence to validate these solutions.
"You should take this course if you are interested in learning to problem solve, think critically, make well-informed decisions, communicate effectively, and engage in productive and successful teamwork. In the final portion of the course, students use everything they’ve learned about entrepreneurship and group work to launch their own startups. "
ID: 46560 Grade: 10-12 Length: Year
Prerequisite: Semester 1 grade of A or better in World History/World Studies is required to select this course in grade 10; a B or higher in a tenth or eleventh grade social studies course is required to select this course in eleventh or twelfth grade, or current teacher recommendation.
Note: The Advanced Topic (AT) designation indicates a course is at university level, putting it at or above the level of a traditional Advanced Placement (AP) course. This course has a grade point weighting of 0.5.
Entrepreneurship provides real world, hands- on learning on what it’s like to actually start a company. The goal is to give students a framework to test the business model of a startup while creating all of the pressures and demands of the real world in an early stage start up. They will learn marketing, finance, and other business disciplines, while also acquiring organizational skills such as time management and leadership development. The class is also a vehicle to develop character, intellect, and resilience in students. Students start the semester with an immediate immersion into the Lean Startup methodology adopted from University of California Berkeley and Design Thinking techniques from Stanford University.
As students develop skills through working in the field, observing and interviewing to discover problems, and learning techniques for validating hypotheses they learn by doing, through real world problems and collaborating with real entrepreneurs. Students work with carefully selected Singapore entrepreneurs, who present real and urgent business problems with hard deliverables and deadlines. Students learn processes including customer development, agile development and rapid prototyping. Throughout the course, students will learn to problem solve, think critically, make well-informed decisions, communicate effectively, and engage in productive and successful team work. In the final portion of the course, students use everything they’ve learned about entrepreneurship and group work to launch their own startups. The course requires rigorous study and emphasizes in-depth research.
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Class of 2020
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CLASS OF 2020
AT Entrepreneurship was one of the most unique classes I took in high school, because we really only had three assignments the entire semester. This was honestly what helped me prepare for college the most; now, my classes often require me to spend three or four weeks mulling over a single assignment, putting in sustained work over a period of time rather than studying furiously in the two or three days before a test. Being able to plan your time wisely, not procrastinate, and focus on one thing for a long time are all incredibly valuable skills for college. For all students looking to take the class, I would say that it really pushes you to grow in terms of public speaking, interview, and presentation skills—the class is less content-based and more skill-based, which can be a big change from normal AP classes, but it's also a great learning experience.
Ruth Jaensubhakij, Class of 2018