Turn Your Idea into a Business
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Turn Your Idea into a Business

  • Students will be introduced to ground-breaking entrepreneurs whose ideas have shaped our world
  • Students will use the design thinking process to take their ideas from concept to execution
  • Students will learn how to create a minimum viable product (MVP) and improve their ideas through guided feedback
  • By the end, students will present their business idea in a pitch!
Flexible based on student's needs
$85 per hour
Lesson length
60 minutes (recommended)
Students enrolled with the following partners may be able to register for free by applying for a scholarship.
You’ll be able to request a scholarship application during registration.
Scholarships available for community partners
Virtual, join from anywhere!
Class size
Private 1:1
How does an idea become a business?
The origins of the laptop you’re currently on, the cars people drive, and even the tasty food you eat can all be traced back to someone who had a crazy idea, took some risks, and turned that idea into a reality. In this 1:1 course, you will explore what entrepreneurship is, what it means to create a business, and how to best set yourself up to be successful. By the end of the course, you will have a new appreciation for what it takes to be an entrepreneur, and be equipped with the skills you need to turn your crazy ideas into impactful businesses. You will synthesize your knowledge in the form of delivering a pitch using a deck you create for a business or organization that you come up with!

Explore the curriculum

How Anyone Can Become an Entrepreneur
Mentors introduce students to the key traits that make an entrepreneur: creativity, ambition, adaptability, resilience, and team-building. In this introductory lesson, mentors get a sense for key topics that spark the student’s interest in entrepreneurship to curate subsequent lessons. The first project the student completes is a “Purpose Zone”--a comprehensive diagram of the problems they want to solve with their big ideas.
So You’ve Got An Idea…Now What?
Students refine their business idea to ensure it’s addressing a real-world problem that they care about. They’ll evaluate whether there is a market for their product, an unaddressed customer-base, and any current competitors. They’ll refine their solution until it’s in the best possible shape to address market needs and stand out.
Time to Take Your Idea to the Market!
Students develop an implementation strategy to get their idea “go-to-market” ready! Students learn how to prototype a "Minimum Viable Product" and receive feedback to iterate upon their idea. The goal of this lesson will be for students to think long-term and minimize risks in their approach.
So You’ve Created a Business…What Now?
Students will learn the fundamentals of building the best team, scaling a business, and most importantly, how to find investors! Students will learn how to pitch and receive funding for different stages of their company, from angel investors and bootstrapping, to crowd-funding and venture capital.

Frequently asked questions

What age range is this offering best suited for?

Mentors will adjust the course material to meet different age levels. We have different levels for this course for ages 9-11, 12-15, and 16-18.

Does my child need to have experience with this topic?

No! The course is designed and curated by mentors to be accessible to all levels of experience–including no experience at all.

Can I customize this course further?

Of course! Mentors will work with students to customize the course to their exact interests and ideas.

How adaptable is the course? Can my child take something similar to this that is not this exact syllabus?

Absolutely! Our mentors always adapt courses to best suit the goals and interests of their students. The syllabus is simply a jumping-off point!

Can students take this course together in a group or is it 1:1?

This is intended to be a private 1:1 guided exploration. However, if you have a friend or group of friends that you would like to take this with, please reach out to us and we will make it work!

How much of a role will the mentor play in the course?

The mentor will be a thought partner and guide for the student. The mentor will create slides to teach the student background knowledge and share videos, articles, podcasts, and other resources to introduce the student to new concepts. Like all student-driven Curious Cardinals courses, mentors will curate the course content to a student’s specific passions. The course will be honed to address each student’s unique interests and ideas.

Do I get to choose which mentor leads the course or is it set?

After giving us your preferences, students will be presented with a mentor we recommend as the best fit based on shared interests. If you do not like the mentor we recommend, students can “fire” their mentor and be introduced to a new one!

Can this course be extended? 

Yes! After the initial four lessons, mentors will guide students to dive deeper into a more niche topic area that they discovered through the current course.