Teen Inventors of the SmartWheel
This impressive group of teens received a $100K investment from Shark Tank investors, won the “Best Presentation by an Entrepreneur” award, and received endorsements from MIT, the Secretary of Transportation and President Obama.
Wouldn’t it be great to see more young people pursuing a dream by developing products and services that would benefit others while creating a future for themselves?
Unfortunately, this is not the norm among the next generation. According to the Kauffman Foundation, a big proponent of entrepreneurship, the proportion of people ages 20 to 34 that started a business in 2013 dropped to its lowest level in at least 17 years. Similarly, the Wall Street Journal reports that between 1978 and 2011, the ratio of new business firms to all firms fell by almost half. The sad fact is that the age group between 18 and 24 saw the greatest decline in entrepreneurial activity. One of the main reasons for this decline is the fear of failure. Lack of confidence will have serious long-term effects not only on the individuals, but on the US economy, as well.
A window has opened to make a way for America to become great again. This next season is going to see a rise in the entrepreneurial spirit and together, we have an opportunity to help train up the next generation, giving them not only the business skills and confidence needed to pursue the dream, but teaching them the biblical principles of truth, equity, wealth and honor that will provide the solid foundation on which they can build the dream.
My vision is to develop a 30-week curriculum called The Kingdom Entrepreneur. This course is being written to provide junior and senior high school students with the basic building blocks for starting their own business. The year’s outcome will be a fully developed business plan. The course will have two tracks: one that addresses business basics, i.e. Identity of the Business, Management & Marketing, and Pricing & Money Management; the other that addresses the biblical foundation, i.e. Identity of the Entrepreneur, Kingdom Relationships, and a biblical economic model. The goal is to have this ready for the 2017-18 school year, which means that over 50% of it needs to be in rough draft form by March.
Would you join me in cultivating a biblical worldview and entrepreneurial confidence in the next generation of business leaders?
There are three ways you can help.
- Pray for this endeavor. Ask the Lord to grant me dedicated, productive writing time, a hedge of protection around this endeavor, and for schools that will be interested in offering this curriculum.
- Consider monthly support. This is the most important factor, as steady income increases my ability to focus on the creation of content and will therefore, make it available to the education system sooner.
- Consider a generous one time donation. Every dollar brings me closer to achieving this goal. As Mark Cuban says, “You can’t change the world if you can’t pay the rent.”
My financial goal is to raise $1200 in monthly support. If you feel called to invest in cultivating Kingdom entrepreneurs through this curriculum, you can give through Champion Builders Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization by clicking here. Your prayer and financial support is greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much!
Laura K. Judah
Champion Builders Center
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