If you were asked what educators and entrepreneurs have in common, it might be hard to think of quick answers. Educators are with students in and out of a classroom, while entrepreneurs spend their days running a business (or businesses).
When we talk about learning or education, we usually equate it with being a student sitting in a school classroom. Most people fall into the idea they must learn and focus on education until they graduate high school at age 18 or college in their 20s. And then they are all done! Their education is behind them and they are now ready to go out into the world.
Another school year is ending, and with it comes an abundance of local news reports of students from local high schools presenting business plans to a group of judges. Students, judges, and audiences all participating in a mock version of Shark Tank, the highly popular television show. From the perspective of both educators, parents, and community businesses, this is a win-win for all concerned. Business plan competitions captures an optimism about the community thriving in a hub of local startups.