New program aims to expose entrepreneurial skills to kindergartners

Published: Jun. 6, 2017 at 11:39 AM CDT
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Two Wichita organizations just joined forces to launch a program aimed at stimulating entrepreneurial-based thinking for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade.

The Greater Wichita Partnership teamed up with and gave the e2e Accelerator $40,000 to initiate and manage a new kindergarten through 8th-grade program to inspire and prepare kids to do entrepreneurship.

Historically, kids could not get exposure to entrepreneurship until they turned 13 or even later when they get into high school.

This program is called K-8 DO Entrepreneurship Program. Part of the program's goal is to bring that age down.

"When you're impressionable, it's not about education or a classroom environment, it's about doing, so we want to get the kids to actively do entrepreneurship," said John F. Dascher, President and CEO of e2e Accelerator.

An e2e employee is already going around to elementary and middle schools in the Wichita area offering a turn-key program teaching kids to create and run their own business. The goal is to make that program part of a child's curriculum.

If you want to know more about how to get your child involved, contact e2e Accelerator at (316) 361-0323.

Another way to get involved is this Friday night at the FuturEpreneurship (combine future and entrepreneurship) Expo.

Friday night from 5:30 to 8:00 at the Wichita Boathouse kids in kindergarten through 8th grade and their parents can get a special introduction to entrepreneurship.

There will even be hands-on activities for the kids and a chance for them to pitch their business idea, with a chance to win prizes.

This is part of Riverfest so you'll need your button to get in.