In 2005, Melony Denham and Annette Walters were part of the first class of coaches to go through the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute, an 18-month Fellowship started by the University of Kentucky. The KECI initiative had an entrepreneurial focus on coaching adults that were interested in starting or expanding a business.
This experience was life changing, and through it, Melony & Annette realized the huge impact it would make if children could grow up with an understanding of entrepreneurship. Having an entrepreneurial mindset would benefit students throughout their lives, whether they started their own business or worked for someone else.
And even better, they discovered students did not have to be high achievers in the classroom in order to succeed with entrepreneurship.
This might be a way to reach those who don’t respond well to traditional classroom material, while creating a fun curriculum for the whole class.
Meanwhile, Ann DeSpain, a sixth grade teacher, was introducing entrepreneurship to her class. She asked Melony and Annette if they would come in and teach what they had learned to her students.
As a result, a classroom curriculum was developed that uses entrepreneurship as a vehicle for learning across all subjects and eDiscovery was born. Students have made some awesome discoveries about themselves and their futures through this curriculum in the classroom as well as at summer camps.