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You’ve heard the saying, “It’s never too late.” We say, “It’s never too early!” Even children can be introduced to basic business principles and the rewards of entrepreneurship. Our goal with ICAN™ Kidpreneurship is to introduce elementary and middle school students to the concept of entrepreneurship, financial literacy, leadership and good citizenship. Through easy-to-understand basic principles and a creative approach, we will outline some basic tools and strategies kids can use to gain some valuable experience in starting, managing, and growing a successful business venture in a fun, friendly and effective way!   

iCAN Kidpreneurship for Middle School Students

Middle schools usually cover grades 6–8 or 7–9. Some middle schools may cover 5th grade as well. Historically, local public control (and private  alternatives) have allowed for some variation in the organization of schools. Elementary school includes kindergarten through fourth or fifth or sixth grade, but some elementary schools have four or eight grades – up to ages 10 or 14[30] (also known as the intermediate grades). Basic subjects are taught  often remain in one or two classrooms throughout the school day, except for physical educationlibrarymusicart, and computer classes. Middle school is an ideal grade to introduce students to the basic concepts of financial literacy and entrepreneurship. See Cory    

Using kid-friendly design and illustration, we break down some of the major points of entrepreneurship, so your child can have fun as he or she learns. Also, your child will enhance his or her decision-making skills by trying out simple businesses as he or she grows up. Whether or not your child grows up to be an entrepreneur, these activities can help them think about what they want to do when they get older, which is really an exercise in pretend play (a highly prized activity amongst developmental experts). The ICAN™ Kidpreneurship is the beginning of a life-long learning process used by middle school teachers to develop the intrinsic qualities of their in preparing the for success in life. Qualities such as intuitive, optimism, respect, resourcefulness, team building, creativity, self-esteem, self-discipline , problem solving, system thinking and an “I can do spirit”.

ICAN™ Kidpreneurship exists to spark an entrepreneurial “I can do” spirit in the next generation, equipping and empowering them with the confidence, resilience, creativity and critical thinking to thrive in their future careers. Our programs will help primary school students, working in teams; build their own micro-business, which can be used for social good. Kids learn the key steps of business from ideation to commercialization and then donate their profits to charity and school.

The interactive, experiential learning allows kids to stretch their creativity, get comfortable with risk and failure, and build resilience and confidence. The ICAN™ Kipreneurship program is mapped to National Curriculum outcomes across multiple subject areas including:                  

      •                                               Science & Technologies (design & systems thinking) 
      •                                               Business communication
      •                                               Mathematics / Numeracy (financial literacy)
      •                                               Civics and Citizenship (business for social impact)
      •                                               Economics and Business (business understanding)


The iCAN Kidrepreneurship program will help middle school students in the following ways:

  • Increased achievement and accelerated rates of progress due to our engaging content by reinforcing academics as part of entrepreneurial development. 
  • Improved behavior as a result of engaging group activities within the school community.
  • Increased attainment year-on-year seen in improved exam and test results. We support the objectives of the national curriculum through our program.
  • Improved attendance rates. We aim to make school more ‘interesting and relevant’ to students and parents by reinforcing ‘real world’ applications of core academics through entrepreneurship.


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