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Entrepreneurship has not been totally explored as an economic development strategy.

Schools provide an entry to create an entrepreneurial climate and our high school entrepreneurial initiative, E-Di$covery Challenge$ You! provides a way for students to learn about business while developing a product or service of their own.  We train high school teachers to use the eight-session curriculum that leads students through the steps to business development.  Students develop a product or service independently or as a team and sell at a school or community event.  

Many students use the team approach to start their businesses to combine the strengths of each team member.  Parents and community members, along with other students and staff at the school, support the sales events.  All realized profits are divided among team members.  Providing students with hands-on business opportunities has the potential for assisting communities with their economic development strategy.

Teachers trained for Spring 2015 pilot for E-Di$covery Challenge$ You! held at Natural Bridge State Park, Slade, KY

Teachers trained for Spring 2015 pilot for E-Di$covery Challenge$ You! held at Natural Bridge State Park, Slade, KY

2015 Graduates of Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) held at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset, KY with E-Discovery instructors and ELI program director, Delaney Stephens.

2015 Graduates of Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) held at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset, KY with E-Discovery instructors and ELI program director, Delaney Stephens.

We have been testing in Target Markets and the students and staff seem really receptive. I have really enjoyed the wonderful program and the kids have had so much fun with it. They have really enjoyed creating their own inventions and being allowed to tap into their creative side. The fact that they can keep the profits isn’t too shabby either.
— E-Discovery Teacher

We are planning our sale for all next week at school. Our students plan to set up tables and sell at lunch time. A couple groups are going to display samples and take orders since their products are more expensive. This has been wonderful!
— E-Discovery High School Teacher