This spring you can have:
- More engagement
- More structure
- More impact
We practice what we preach, and apply entrepreneurial principles to how to teach entrepreneurship. The Experiential Entrepreneurship Curriculum (ExEC) combines all of the best practices of entrepreneurship education, and after just 2 years is now used at almost 100 universities!
If you want more engagement, more structure, and more impact, now is your chance with ExEC!
Why People Love ExEC
Each semester, our founders continuously interview faculty and staff to improve the user experience, and create more meaningful moments.
“This one is by far the best class I’ve ever taken at this University!”
Maureen Cumpstone from Ursinus College said:
“Students understood the focus on skill-building rather than going through the motions of creating something that we all know is pretend.”
Students also share the impact of learning experientially:
“This course teaches more practical skills which are not available in other courses during college.” – Student, Georgia State University
“I enjoyed the interactive class. It gets everyone involved and awake and gets the juices flowing in your brain. Class was more enjoyable rather than something I had to attend.” – Student, Rowan University
What’s New In ExEC?
We redesigned what students turn in, dramatically reducing assessment time, while keeping the curriculum robust and the grading transparent.
We also simplified and updated our rubrics, so you can more efficiently and effectively provide constructive feedback to your students.
The Experiential Entrepreneurship Curriculum has expanded to include the core topics that are essential to successful entrepreneurs:
Idea Generation. This module helps students identify ideas they are uniquely qualified to pursue. The experience will teach students:
- A repeatable process for generating business ideas.
- Brainstorming problems to solve generates more good business ideas than brainstorming products to build.
- Which customers they are uniquely suited to serve.
- How to identify “backup ideas” if their primary business idea falters.
Financial Projection Simulator. This module helps students determine if a business model will be financially sustainable. The experience will teach students how to:
- Estimate costs for their venture.
- Project their revenue from a “bottom-up” perspective.
- Update their business model hypotheses to ensure they are on a path to achieve their business goals.
- What their problem interviewing goals should and should not be, and
- What questions they should and should not ask
The curriculum now enables professors to easily shift from the ineffective sage-on-the-stage model of education to the guide-on-the-side model, because the real teacher with the ExEC curriculum is the students’ experience.
AOM Review of ExEC!
We were fortunate that two of our rock-star colleagues (Dr. Emma Fleck from Susquehanna University and Dr. Atul Teckchandani from California State University Fullerton) shared their thoughts about our curriculum in Academy of Management Learning & Education, the leading journal on the study of management learning and education.
Learn more about our curriculum from this review in Academy of Management Learning & Education.
Improved LMS Integration
For Fall 2019, we we updated our integration of ExEC with the four major learning management systems (LMS): Canvas, D2L, Moodle and Blackboard. This offers our professors the capability of uploading all our content neatly into their respective LMS, which greatly reduces the setup time, and provides a more comfortable learning process for the students.
From hundreds of professor and student interviews, we built a brand new professor platform for our entrepreneurship curriculum. After a few well-managed hiccups rolled it out with overall great success.
The ExEC experience contains over 30 detailed lesson plans, each containing seven core elements designed to enable easy navigation and execution for our professors:
- The lesson’s goals and objectives.
- A quick overview of where each lesson fits into the scheme of the overall curriculum.
- An engaging overview video explaining the lesson.
- Detailed Google Slides for classroom use.
- Instructions to prepare before class, including all necessary resources.
- An exhaustive minute-by-minute outline for delivering the lesson.
- Instructions for what students could and should do after class.
From the first moment of planning a lesson to returning graded assignments, we frame the entire learning experience in detailed, practical terms that are mapped onto the Business Model Canvas to highlight what lessons are applicable for particular boxes on the Canvas.
Our founding team are entrepreneurs. We’ve spent years interviewing entrepreneurship faculty and students. This combined knowledge led us to build a skill-based award-winning entrepreneurship curriculum that probes critical entrepreneurship topics in-depth.
We’ve had a ton of interest in using ExEC for online classes, so this semester we’ll be alpha testing a fully online-enabled version of ExEC.
We have been hard at work creating engaging videos and online experiences for students, and will kick the tires on this new experience before rolling it out nationally in Fall 2020.
In Spring 2020, our co-founders will teach the first fully online semester-long ExEC course at John Carroll University!
Engage Your Class
We engage students in practicing skills, actively. Class time should be spent learning by doing, with professors guiding students through an experience where they can see the material come to life in a way that is meaningful for them. We built that experience for you and for your students.
Georgann Jouflas wanted to teach her students to discover their passion and solve problems
ExEC provides the entire learning experience, giving students meaningful content and the tools to turn that content into action.
Don’t worry about covering every topic in a particular niche of entrepreneurship hoping they will get it. Invite students into an experience that facilitates learning and understanding. They will thank you. However, we don’t expect you to take our word for it.
Dr. Chris Welter, who uses ExEC with undergrads and MBAs, says:
“It’s the software I’ve been looking for for 3 or 4 years . . . I really appreciate the ability for students to get their hands dirty.”
Try ExEC This Spring
There’s a community of more than 70 entrepreneurial professors like you, and they’re using ExEC to bring entrepreneurship to life for their students.
Request a preview of ExEC today and make this Spring the most engaging semester of entrepreneurship yet! Our curriculum is full of experiential exercises that will make your students’ learning come alive.
Missed Our Recent Articles?
Whether you are new to our community of entrepreneurship educators, or you’ve been contributing for years, we wanted to give you a list of the posts our community finds most valuable:
- “The best class I’ve taken!” We all want a Dead Poets Society moment in our entrepreneurship class. One professor using the Experiential Entrepreneurship Curriculum got hers!
- Improving Student Idea Generation. Help students build ideas around the customers they are most passionate about helping, and the problems they are most excited to help them resolve.
- Teachers Need Tools. Our curriculum makes prepping your entrepreneurship classes a breeze, and makes teaching the classes a powerful experience for students.