Entrepreneur Educator Retreat Brings Together Fifty Northeast Ohio Educators

The seventh annual Entrepreneur Educator Retreat was held on December 2 at University School. Fifty entrepreneur educators from over twenty Northeast Ohio schools attended, as well as a number of youth entrepreneurship organizations.

School-Based Businesses was the theme, with presentations by teachers and students from University School, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy and Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The event concluded with dinner and further networking.

This event was made possible through a generous grant to the Entrepreneur Institute from The Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

Lemonade Northeast Ohio – Focus on Experiential Education

The Lemonade Day Northeast Ohio Annual Meeting was held at University School in late October. The event provided over thirty teachers and partners with updates from National Lemonade Day, and robust discussion on experiential learning and measuring program impact. Experiential education is a unique strength of Lemonade Day, and Lemonade Day Northeast Ohio has particular standout examples.

Here are some great examples of the power of Lemonade Day –

With a Loan Board, students present their business plan and loan request to a panel of volunteers. Loan Board has become a critical element with the majority of our partners. KeyBank has provided Loan Board volunteers and funds for Cleveland Metropolitan School District participants, while other partners hold Loan Board by connecting with local banks and organizations.

Students at Gilmour Academy had hands-on experience exploring different recipes and ingredients, conducting taste tests and measuring results, leading to market analysis. CMSD high school students mentor middle school students using the STEM Fab Lab facilities to build lemonade stands.

Lemonade Day NEO is looking forward to welcoming new partners while continuing and growing existing relationships in 2015.

High School Entrepreneurs Pitch New Concession Idea for Quicken Loans Arena

A high energy High School Pitchfest was held in October at Quicken Loans Arena. The event brought together more than 90 enthusiastic high school students from ten Northeast Ohio independent schools, all part of The Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum, to work with real-world entrepreneurs from Bizdom and hone their presentation skills.

Student participants were asked to come up with a creative food concession idea, then develop an effective “elevator pitch” to sell their idea. Students worked individually, then in teams of ten with a Bizdom mentor for the final pitch to a panel of judges. “Q-Fresh Local Foods” was the winning idea, which invited Cleveland restaurants to bring their menu specialties to the Q.

High School Pitchfest was conceived and organized by the Entrepreneur Institute, in partnership with Bizdom Cleveland and The Veale Foundation.