An inquiry path in entrepreneurship…
I had a grade 12 kid come to me this year and in one year, the entrepreneurial journey that I have been able to facilitate for him has been incredible.
He has been allowed to follow his path — which is figuring out how to create a startup. He looked through every social media app, took screen shots of all the pages and links to analyze a weakness in the market. I thought that was impressive.
Through that research, he has come up with an app called Vlgomi. He spent money on designers in India to do the mock ups for the app (they look awesome!). He has met with professional app developers and high level entrepreneurs. Currently, he is trying to raise $10, 000 of which he has already raised $5000. Upon graduating in a week’s time, he is moving to the Philippines, has found a development team to code the app and has been in close contact with famous people in the country to market it. Today, he had a skype call with the head founder of snap chat. He then plans to move to L.A. where he has made connections with some other famous people to get them to use it and encourage viral growth.
Is that not an awesome entrepreneurial endeavor for a grade 12 kid?
If he was in a regular, traditional school down the road, he would have never been able to do any of it. Not in school anyway. This was his school. He says he has learned more this year than any other year ever. He is happy, excited, and has been inspiring other learners around him.
To achieve this, I guided him to numerous books: Creativity Inc, Lean Start Up, Zero to One, and many more. He has devoured them and we have discussed them in depth. He has then applied this knowledge directly to his own path of inquiry — how to build a successful start up. He has helped me grow my business throughout the winter, selling, marketing, and writing for Island Circus Space. This learner was also the business development for a major piece of software that is being created for a successful local tech startup. He gained invaluable experience working inside of scrum, which he is again, directly applying to the teams he is developing in the Philippines. I have coached him through being a leader, and he has gained important experience leading an eSports team. He was also a pivotal member of the improv team at the school, learning how to think on the spot and persuade people of an idea.
This is what I want school to be for our young ones. This is only one example. I have many more examples of what happens when you allow people to learn what they want to learn.