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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Serious Games For Learning How To Start a Business

Serious Games allowing secondary school students explore and develop entrepreneurial skills


Via: StartUp_EU - Serious Game And Competition For Schools

StartUp_EU (Be a High Tech Entrepreneur), invites schools to take part in the StartUp_EU, a” learning how to be an entrepreneur” Serious Game that starts on 1 April 2013.


It is intended for students 14 to 18 years of age. You can download the teacher instruction document and complete the form at https://www.box.com/s/wg8hfe58lzouw34swz9v  

StartUp_EU has created:

. A game to teach students how to start a business
. A competition to judge the results with prizes

 Before the game, there will be training for teachers from Monday14 March 2013 that will be available for the duration of the project. Please note there are limited places available for schools across all of Europe, so please respond as soon as possible.

StartUp_EU is developing an innovative online Serious Game to allow secondary school students explore and develop entrepreneurial skills. The game is unique as it will ask students to not only come up with a great, creative idea, but show how they will turn their idea in to a real business, just like a real world entrepreneur.

About StartUp_EU

StartUp_EU is designed to motivate secondary school students by replicating the excitement and creative innovation of a startup company.

The project will create an Educational Serious Game to develop entrepreneurial skills on a Web2.0 technology platform where secondary school students will learn about entrepreneurship through inspiring and thought-provoking videos, online workbooks covering business and marketing plans, and presentation skills.

Students are then supported to develop their own business ideas collaboratively across Europe. The process will mirror the idea creation, barriers and problems in developing new technology and building a company. It will enable students to understand the problems and rewards of working in the exciting high tech area and inspire students to seek out careers in this vital European sector. Through reflection activities students will be able to understand what factors influenced their success or failure.
StartUp_EU is designed to be replicable and the resources can be used by additional European secondary schools at the end of funding.

StartUp_EU is a project within the Lifelong Learning Program of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Union.

It is critical for Europe to maintain a knowledge-based economy and be at the forefront of technological, innovative entrepreneurship if Europe is to maintain its competitiveness. To meet these targets young people should study and seek careers in the scientific and technological fields and understand entrepreneurship. ‘Educating the Next Wave of Entrepreneurs’, a discussion at The World Economic Forum 2011 concluded that the earlier an entrepreneurial spirit is encouraged the better the results for society. This project field was chosen to directly address the motivation of entrepreneurship and innovation within European secondary school students.