Entrepreneurship & Design-Thinking for Teachers

July 10, 2017 to July 14, 2017

Entrepreneurship & Design-Thinking for Teachers

This one-week course immerses teachers in design thinking and lean startup methodology concepts using a hands-on curriculum to promote entrepreneurship with their students. Teachers will learn to encourage and value creativity, divergent thinking, and informed risk-taking in their students.

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Teachers’ students will develop a growth mindset, reduce the fear of failure, and think of themselves as entrepreneurs. Students will be encouraged to consider starting their own businesses, whether now or in the future, and will develop an interest in and connection to post-secondary education.

In addition to the course, teachers will receive on-going mentorship and resources during the school year while they implement the curriculum, and during the Spring of 2018, MCEE will host a tradeshow for participants’ students to share their prototypes and startup ventures.


  • Martha Rush, Mounds View High School, M.S.Ed, Education Entrepreneurship


What’s Included:

  • Receive 30 Continuing Education Units
  • Receive free lessons, resources, and materials
  • Breakfast and lunch included each day

Eligibility for Course:

  • Minnesota teachers of business, agriculture education, marketing, arts, technology, consumer sciences, economics, and other teaching disciplines.
  • Pre-Service teachers are welcome, but participants must have Fall 2017 classroom placement.
  • Registration is limited to 25. Five spots are reserved for teachers from outside the 7-county metro area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington).
  • We may limit the number of teachers participating who have less than 5 years teaching experience.

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Questions about this or other events? Contact us at mcee@umn.edu or (612) 625-3727.


This course is made possible through the generous support of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation.