We recently sat down with Martha Rush, founder of Teen Startup Trainers, and discussed entrepreneurial education, her programs therein, and the challenges of starting a business.
Below is an excerpt from the interview.
Dylan: Martha is the founder of NeverBore and TeenStartup Trainers, she has a Master of Arts and History degree and a Master of Science and Education Entrepreneurship, and has received numerous awards and recognition for her teaching. Martha Rush, how are you doing today?
Martha: I’m doing great! Thank you very much.
Dylan: Thanks for being able to join us today. I’d like to start by asking a little bit about your education programs. Can you explain these programs, and to whom you teach them?
Martha: Yes, there’s really two types of programs. One is that I work with high school students, so I run an economics class at Mounds View High School and as part of economics we have something called Start up MZ, and kids work through the lean startup method and they start their own businesses. It’s a lot of fun to see what they come up with each year. What grew out of that and out of my graduate program is I developed a curriculum called Teen Startup Trainers for training teachers to do the same thing with their students. I taught that course for the first time and my M.V.P. was at the University of Minnesota in partnership with the Minnesota Council on Economic Education this past summer. I’m looking to add two new sites next year, hoping to maybe work with an incubator or a business school or another organization that promotes entrepreneurship, probably outside of Minnesota.
Dylan: And through this program you mentioned something called psychological safety, can you explain the concept?
For more, see the video above.
Martha’s new book, “Beat Boredom: Engaging Tuned-Out Teenagers,” is coming out this month.