Career Exploration Program

About the program:

With the Career Exploration and Innovation Program, students grow their entrepreneurial mindsets and skills as they apply their passions and strengths to identify opportunities to discover, research, and innovate a career. The program also teaches youth how to communicate like a professional, use technology for effective inquiry, and leverage their networks.

The program is available for grades 6-8.

Recommended for: Career & Technical Education (CTE), Outside School Time – OST (afterschool, summer, 21st Century Community Learning Centers – CCLC), any enrichment and supplementary programs

The Career Exploration and Innovation Program consists of:
A young woman in a social entrepreneurship program, with a straw hat writing on a clear board, her reflection visible, in a brightly lit room.

Professional Development

Three young students, two girls and a boy, intently look at a computer screen in their social entrepreneurship program, showing curiosity and engagement. The boy wears glasses.

Curriculum Resources

A young girl with her hair in a bun, wearing a striped shirt, intently uses a laptop at a desk in a warmly lit room, participating in an agriculture entrepreneurship program.

Impact Post-Survey

Professional Development

Educators are inherently entrepreneurial as they empathize to understand the needs of their clients, constantly iterate to improve their service, and persist daily to overcome obstacles and challenges!


  • Training: 3 hours and virtual, unlimited seating
  • Scheduling: Custom schedule to fit your needs
  • Coaching: Up to four 60-minute coaching sessions during the program

"This program will allow students to have a growth mindset. It will also allow them to share their ideas and start thinking about what they would like to do in the future, giving them a head start in the job search."


The VentureLab Career Exploration and Innovation Program includes flexible curriculum to allow for both in-person and remote learning, plus a thorough instructor’s guide.

Cover of a guide titled "Career Exploration & Innovation: A guide for young entrepreneurs" by, featuring young people engaged in creative activities and highlighting essential elements of youth entrepreneurship education.

Student Workbook

Cover of the "Career Exploration & Innovation Instructor Guide" by VentureLab, featuring an image of two students participating in a classroom activity focused on teaching entrepreneurship.

Instructor Guide

An animation of four different interactive notebooks with colorful tabs, showcasing various layouts including text sections, lined sections, and blank sections—perfect for a K12 entrepreneur curriculum.

Digital Workbook & Interactive Slidesk

Impact Post-Survey

Free Curriculum Through fun, hands-on lessons

Assess and improve your entrepreneurship program and use the collected data for reporting and evaluation. End of of program survey (10-20 minutes each) for the following:

  • Instructor
  • Student (grades 9-12)

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