Running Start
Running Start
Providing Entrepreneurial Skills for Youth in Ann Arbor, Michigan
 
 

Providing Entrepreneurial Skills for Youth 

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Highlights From Our Most Recent Session

Our first set of Running Start workshops ran in April, 2018. Our middle and high school participants, working with their Running Start Mentors, came up with some incredibly awesome business ideas. Click here for highlights from these fun and inspiring sessions, and watch talented youth entrepreneurs in action!

What Is Running Start?

A unique and engaging mentor-led, workshop-based approach to equip kids with entrepreneurial skills... and the tools to start a business!

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Who Needs a Running Start?

43% of students in grades 5-12 plan to start a business. 

 
 
 

— Gallup Poll

 
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How Does Running Start Work?

Students in Running Start workshops start with an IDEA.

Then, with the assistance of the experienced mentors leading the workshop, students TEST the idea.

They are guided in BRANDING and MARKETING their product.

Finally, they are assisted in developing the best strategies to PITCH their product to potential partners and funders.

 
 
 
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Why a Running Start?

In addition to teaching the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, Running Start prepares students for life's challenges by cultivating...

Risk-taking

Teamwork

Presentation Skills

Creativity

Problem Solving

Critical Thinking

Leadership

Negotiation Skills

 

 
 
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What Do Students Take Away from Running Start?

The Tools They Need to be Entrepreneurial

A Foundation for Valuable Life Skills

A Completed Running Start Workbook

Running Start Certificate of Completion

A Business Plan

Opportunities for Internships and Job Shadowing

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