Our Vision

GSE’s leadership recognized that teens in Kentucky were not being given dynamic opportunities to learn about entrepreneurship and put their ideas into action. For many communities in Kentucky, efforts focused on human capital -- meaning entrepreneurship education initiatives aimed at changing the mindset and capacity of young people -- may be the best hope of changing outcomes and improving living standards. 

GSE is a key program of KEENStart.

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GSE Timeline

Dec 2012 - Governor Beshear holds a press conference to announce GSE.

June 2013 - First session of GSE is held at Georgetown College. There were 12 business teams.

June 2014 - Second session of GSE is held at Georgetown College. There were 14 business teams.

June 2015 - Third session of GSE is held at Georgetown College. There were 16 business teams.

May 2016 - State funding is put into place and GSE becomes a program under the Kentucky Education and Workforce Cabinet.  

June 2016 - Fourth session of GSE is held at Georgetown College. There were 11 business teams.

July 2016 - The Cabinet contracts with KEENStart to operate GSE.

June 2017 - Fifth session of GSE is held at Transylvania University.

 

To date, 220 teen entrepreneurs from across Kentucky have completed GSE. Click below to support GSE in our mission to expose youth to entrepreneurial thinking.

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Our Mission

GSE provides a platform for teens to learn about the Business Model Canvas, Design Thinking, and Lean Methodology in an exploratory environment.


Our Values

We believe that exposing teens to entrepreneurship tools allows them to see the world differently. After discovering how to use these tools, teens are more easily able to identify opportunities and act upon them.


Our Solution

A 3-week accelerator-styled residential summer program where teens are empowered to share and develop their ideas for innovation.