Fostering Future Entrepreneurs

July 22, 2019 to July 25, 2019

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

Grades 6-12 | 8:00am-4:00pm | University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus

"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 four-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 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 in the fall. 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.


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


  • $85 registration fee

What's Included:

  • 27 Continuing Education Units
  • Free lessons, resources, and materials
  • Text: Value Proposition Design
  • Continental Breakfast (8:00-8:30am) 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 2019 classroom placement.

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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 612-625-3727 or to issue your refunded scholarship amount.

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Questions about this or other events? Contact us at or (612)652-3727.

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