NFTE Curriculum Grows the Entrepreneurial Mindset and Builds Startup Skills

NFTE’s Entrepreneurship Pathway provides an extensive portfolio of programs to ignite the imagination, develop business skills, and grow the entrepreneurial mindset in young people. Some components of the Pathway are in-school programs while others are intensive summer programs or more flexible, modular learning experiences.

The Entrepreneurship 1 and Entrepreneurship 2 (E1 and E2) courses on the Pathway were designed specifically for high school students, and they exemplify NFTE’s innovative approach to curriculum design. Both are full-year courses that offer a unique weekly learning cycle and a particularly effective sequence of experiential exercises, skills instruction, and student projects.

  • Entrepreneurship 2 is a new advanced course for high school students who have already completed a NFTE intermediate course (such as Owning Your Future) or an approved equivalent. E2 is currently being piloted in 24 select schools across seven regions of the U.S. It will reach thousands more students in the 2018-2019 school year when it becomes generally available to all NFTE schools.
  • Entrepreneurship 1 is a new intermediate course for high school students. E1 is still getting some finishing touches this spring as we plan for a pilot introduction during the 2018-2019 school year.

Together, the E1 and E2 progression provides four semesters of highly engaging experiential and project-based learning that integrates lean startup tools and practices. This new two-year curriculum will help students grow their entrepreneurial mindset and develop critical career-ready skills—preparing them to succeed in the workplace, start their own businesses, and further their education.

Veteran educators in Chicago, Miami and San Francisco who are teaching the E2 course for the first time this year give it high marks. Teachers now in the spring semester of the full-year course have been especially impressed by features like Investigation Days–which challenge students to grapple with concepts in a way that their other classes don’t. Students are learning an important lesson as they adjust to the idea that there isn’t always one right answer to a problem, and teachers are encouraging students to work together to figure out their own right answer.