Start Up Academy Course Descriptions
Students interested in developing entrepreneurial skills will learn foundational business knowledge and practice Design Thinking skills applied to plan, design, create and present their ideas with confidence. This academy is a one-year program which concludes with students completing the IB Business assessment and a field experience. The Start Up Innovation Academy is open to students from all three high schools through an application process. Students who participate will travel to the Emerald Campus.
IB Business Management (SL) – 503
The IB Business and Management course is designed to develop an understanding of business theory, as well as an ability to apply business principles, practices, and skills. The application of tools and techniques of analysis facilitates an appreciation of complex business activities. The course considers the diverse range of business organizations and activities and the cultural and economic context in which business operates. Emphasis is placed on strategic decision-making and day-to-day business functions of marketing, production, human resource management, and finance.
Graded: Weighted AP/IB/CCP
Time Frame: 1 Year
Innovative Research and Design Field Experience – 448
This is an applied field experience that will allow students to explore the ideation cycle, product concept, customer validation, and market research components to their own personal business model. Students will study and apply Design Thinking skills in a variety of ways which may include: completing Design Lab Challenges, developing solutions for our community and society, and creating their own start-up concept. Students will explore their personal interest and aptitude in the field of business, create a professional profile, and learn to network. This class focuses on the skills of collaboration, communication, and problem-solving through an entrepreneurial lens in real-world, hands-on situations.
Time Frame: 1 Year