What the Research Says …

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Academic experts interviewed in the documentary comment on their extensive research, which indicates that entrepreneurship education has a positive effect on the academic performance of at-risk students — as well as affecting attitude and behavior.

Andrew B. Hahn, Ph.D., Professor, Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

 

Howard S. Rasheed, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Cameron School of Business, University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

 

Not all youth entrepreneurship training programs are the same. One organization trying to standardize and set national goals is the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education. Cathy Ashmore is the executive director.

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I think it's very important to start as young as possible.  We start at the age of 11, and we're thinking about even moving down to the age of seven.  The sooner a young person starts to train their mind to think entrepreneurially, to look for business opportunities, to think about budgeting and planning, think about marketing and sales, that it's incorporated into one's very intellectual being. 
I think it's very positive.

-Steve Mariotti
National Foundation for
Teaching Entrepreneurship

 

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