Fostering Future Entrepreneurs

November 15, 2019 to November 16, 2019

Fostering Future Entrepreneurs: A Sprint for Teachers in Design-Thinking

Grades 6-12 | 8:00am-4:00pm | University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus | Ruttan Hall Room 135B

"The problem solving and critical and creative thinking that is at the center of this program is so important with students these days. I will definitely see myself using this in my school, and even see myself using this to propose and solve my own ideas!"

This two-day course uses a hands-on curriculum, Teen Startup Trainers, designed by Martha Rush, which immerses teachers in design thinking and lean startup methodology concepts to promote entrepreneurship with their students. Dive into these and other concepts, learning to encourage student creativity, divergent thinking, and informed risk-taking. Plus, participating teachers will qualify to bring students in grades 6-12 to a spring 2021 Trade Show to showcase their innovative concepts and win cash prizes. (See photos from the 2019 Trade Show at Wells Fargo on our Facebook page!)

After this course, teachers will be ready to implement the new Teen Startup Trainers curriculum in their classrooms. Using this curriculum, 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.

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


  • $45 registration fee

What's Included:

  • 14 Continuing Education Units
  • Free lessons, resources, and materials
  • Text: Value Proposition Design
  • Continental Breakfast (8:00am) and lunch included each day

Eligibility for Course:

  • Minnesota teachers of business, marketing, arts, technology, consumer sciences, economics, social studies disciplines, agriculture, mathematics, or nearly any discipline, in grades 6 to 12.
  • Pre-Service teachers are welcome, but participants must have fall 2020 classroom placement.

Scholarships (Limited Amount Available)

$80/night for hotel accommodations are available for teachers from high-needs districts who reside outside the 13-county metro area (Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Pierce, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, St. Croix, Washington, and Wright).  Scholarships are first come first serve and includes night prior to workshop date and night(s) between workshop days if multi-day workshop.  Please register online for full amount and then contact MCEE at  A refunded scholarship amount will be sent via check following the course; a prorated amount will be allocated if you do not attend the full course.


There are a variety of options for parking on campus, with the most convenient for our courses in Ruttan Hall listed below (please note that prices are subject to change, with more information on the University's PTS website).

Daily Parking:

  • Lot S101 at Cleveland Ave. and Commonwealth Ave. is $5/day, and is approximately a 1/2 mile walk from Ruttan Hall
  • The Gortner Ave. Ramp is $12/day, and is closest to Ruttan Hall

Hourly Parking:

  • The Gortner Ave. Ramp can be used for hourly parking, with rates starting at $3 for one hour. More information on these hourly rates can be found on the PTS website.
  • There are parking meters along Eckles Ave. between Buford Ave. and Carter Ave. These cost $2/hour.

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