Entrepreneurship provides students with an understanding of the critical role played by entrepreneurs in the national and global economy. Students learn not only the skills necessary to become entrepreneurs but also the attitudes, characteristics, and techniques that successful entrepreneurs have and that students will need to succeed. Building on concepts introduced in Principles of Finance, the Entrepreneurship curriculum approaches student learning experientially by encouraging students to evaluate, develop, and work with the business ideas they already have or those they conceive during the course.

Students explore the steps necessary for starting a business, including analyzing the market, finding financing, and creating a form of organization that will accommodate future growth. They learn about the operational issues that new businesses face, such as regulations, protecting intellectual property, and the financial risks of starting a business. Students examine ethical issues and develop a framework for managing them. Finally, students identify the risks, returns, and other aspects of entrepreneurship as a potential career.

Integral to the curriculum is a culminating project that builds on students’ ability to research the market and develop a business plan. Students work in teams of two or three students to conceive of and develop a business idea that fills a need in the market. In the process of completing their project, the students create a marketing plan for their business, make financial projections, assess the risks inherent in the new venture, and develop a code of ethics to guide their business actions and relationships. Additionally, students learn about the operational and legal logistics involved in business. Finally, they create a business plan and deliver an oral presentation in which they pitch their business idea to their classmates and to an invited audience representing potential investors.

This course is expected to take a total of 68 50-minute class periods.

Course Scope & Sequence

The Scope & Sequence lists the learning objectives for each lesson, providing you with an overview of what your students will learn during the course. You can use these learning objectives as a guide to determine how the course enables your students to reach the requisite goals set for them.

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Lesson Descriptions

The Lesson Descriptions document includes a brief overview of every lesson in the course. This is the narrative companion to the course Scope & Sequence document.

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Course Support

If you have questions about this course, need a hand with a particular lesson, or just have a great idea to share, please contact Kevin English directly at kenglish@naf.org. We are available to support you in teaching the course while also gathering feedback to improve the NAF curriculum.

Culminating Project Overview

In every NAF course, students complete a culminating project and present it in the final lesson. Download the Project Overview to learn the details about the culminating project for this course and to find out what advance preparation the project entails.

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NAFTrack Certification Course Guide

NAFTrack Certification is a nationally recognized, standards-based set of tools developed by NAF to evaluate students’ readiness for college and career. By completing all NAFTrack Certification requirements, students demonstrate mastery of academic skills and career-related knowledge. The requirements are as follows: for each of four NAF courses, students complete all coursework, pass the end-of-course exam, and fulfill culminating project responsibilities, as evidenced by uploading key pieces of work.

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Correlations to the Common Core State Standards

This document identifies which of the ELA and Math Common Core State Standards are met by each lesson in the course. You can use these correlations as an aid to preparing your students for college and careers.

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We welcome questions and feedback about these course materials. For a prompt response, please email the NAF Instructional Managers directly at curriculum@naf.org.

The ZIP file below contains the current version of every file for this course. Be sure to download it before the start of each school year. If you just need a specific file or two, it's quicker to use the individual links listed on this page.

All Course Files (ZIP file)

Unit 1: Getting Started

Lesson 1: Course Introduction

This lesson uses a .mov file that must be unzipped and requires an up-to-date video player such as Windows Media Player or Apple's QuickTime Player to view. If you have difficulty playing this file, please consult the tech coordinator for your school.

Lesson 2: Characteristics of Entrepreneurs


Lesson 12: Learning from Entrepreneurs

Lesson 13: Project Presentation and Course Closure

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