GSE entrepreneurs may earn performance-based high school credit for attending the summer program.

GSE is designed to satisfy performance-based entrepreneurship credit (Code 060185 or 080310) for high school students as a business education elective. Student entrepreneurs who complete GSE's three-week residential program will put in a minimum of 135 hours of learning time. This time is comprised of direct instruction, applied learning, guest speakers, professional mentors, and field trips.

Working in small business teams, entrepreneurs learn the nine components of a business model: customer segments, value proposition, customer relationships, channels, revenue streams, cost structure, key partners, key resources and key activities.

Using STEM skills, entrepreneurs will design and build a prototype of their product or service. Then GSE culminates with the teams giving an oral business pitch to a panel of business owners, investors, and professionals. Students who demonstrate high achievement are awarded Mozilla open badges (www.openbadges.org).

In order to receive high school credit, entrepreneurs must submit the following:

1)   A digital portfolio that includes work product saved in the student’s Google Drive folder

2)   A link to the student’s Open Badges backpack containing badges earned (What are GSE badges?)

3)   A link to the student’s final team presentation video