Rising Innovator, a website dedicated to teaching innovation and design thinking to children aged 8 to 18, has developed the first version of their new entrepreneurial curriculum. Founded by leading Montessorians, Rising Innovator was started in 2018 to facilitate the development of a mindset and skillset that can change the world.
Designed primarily for middle schoolers, the short 14-session course is first and foremost structured to foster those cognitive skills most desperately needed in the 21st century using business creation as the instructional vehicle. The specific methodology taught is the Lean Startup Method.
Rising Innovator is seeking Montessori middle schools to help test and improve this free course.
- Creativity and problem solving
- The importance of empathy and ethics
- Building an entrepreneurial mindset
- Leadership through self-understanding
The curriculum also includes some hard skills:
- Assessing a market
- Business finance and economics
- Prototyping and testing
Less than half of each session is direct instruction, with the majority of class time devoted to collaborative activities such as business case analysis. As a capstone to the course, students pitch their new businesses to the class and any invited outsiders.