Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

EntrepreneurshipWeek USA

Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

EntrepreneurshipWeek USA

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From February 24 to March 3, 2007, entrepreneurs, educators, community leaders, and young people across the U.S. will celebrate the power of entrepreneurship and ignite the nation's consciousness about the importance of being entrepreneurial. EntrepreneurshipWeek USA, launched by the Kauffman Foundation--along with a group of sponsors including the New York Times and Inc. magazine--offers a tremendous opportunity to engage and encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs. The initiative will enhance ongoing interest and provide an educational kick-start for the uninitiated, serving as an inspiration for young people to begin a journey to fulfill their potential as self-starters and entrepreneurs.

The twenty-first century will belong to those who can take their ideas and make them happen. While the United States presently maintains the edge as an entrepreneurial society and competes in the global economy, the future shows clear signs of massive economic competition from abroad. More Americans in the future will need to be generating more ideas and better innovations if the United States is to stay ahead of the large populations of educated citizens in emerging and globally savvy economies.

EntrepreneurshipWeek USA is designed to help kids actually see themselves as entrepreneurial thinkers--using creativity and innovation to start their adult lives. More than 70% of young Americans envision starting a business or doing something entrepreneurial as adults. The problem is very few of them ever learn how to go about it. The campaign will engage young people in the main spaces they occupy in their lives--education, work, leisure, and media. It will inspire people in their teens and twenties. It will catalyze debate among policymakers and practitioners. It will energize educators from all academic backgrounds and encourage them to foster the entrepreneurial skills of their students. …

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