Businesspeople, Educators Seek Ways to Teach Students Entrepreneurship

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Businesspeople, Educators Seek Ways to Teach Students Entrepreneurship

At a time when fewer young people are starting their own businesses, some prominent businesspeople and educators are looking for ways to teach students to be more entrepreneurial.

The latest initiatives often play down traditional tasks like creating a business plan in favor of preparing participants for broader challenges, such as how to get feedback from customers and knowing when to adapt products or business models.

Last week, a panel of business executives and academics co-chaired by AOL co-founder Steve Case and former Hewlett-Packard Chairman Carly Fiorina called for the creation of a national entrepreneurship competition in which teams of elementary-, middle- and high-school students would propose and pitch to judges their ideas for new ventures. A spokesman for the panel, the University of Virginia’s Milstein Symposium, declined to say who would judge the event.


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