Everything you need to get started with VentureLab curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started?

First, check out our User Guide! It’s full of useful information on how to get started with VentureLab. If you still have questions on implementation that aren’t answered in this guide or page, reach out for a free curriculum consultation!

How much does VentureLab curriculum cost?

VentureLab Entrepreneurial Curriculum for non-commercial use is available for no charge. Be sure to check out our User Agreement for full details on non-commercial use!

What if I want to use the curriculum in a paid program?

We’re thrilled to hear it! We ask that you enter into an agreement with VentureLab. Details of the agreement will vary on the type of use. Contact us for details!

What is the intended format/setting of the program?

It’s up to you! The curriculum can be formed and adapted to most settings (school, after-school, summer camp, you name it).

What prior knowledge is required to run/participate in the program?

None! Prior knowledge of entrepreneurship or STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) is not required by the instructor nor the students. Background information is provided in the lessons. We provide training opportunities for instructors.

What's the difference between the grade levels?

Activities were developed to be developmentally appropriate for each grade band. This includes modifications to content, vocabulary and pacing.

•  Grades 1-2 have 7 lessons covering 7 topics
•  Grades 3-5 have 14 lessons covering 7 topics
•  Grades 6-8 have 16 lessons covering 8 topics
•  Grades 9-12 have 16 lessons covering 8 topics

Note: At this time, 6-8 and 9-12 curriculums have the same content.

How long does it take?

There is no set time frame! For convenience, each lesson was designed to be completed in 90 minutes.  However, activities vary in length and there are many ways to break up/modify the lesson to the time frame you are working with.

What resources are included?

The VentureLab curriculum contains detailed lesson plans, including instructor notes, topic background info, extension and homework ideas, as well as supplementary lesson material as downloads (e.g. handouts, slides).

What materials will I need?

See individual lessons to find the specific materials needed. We use common, inexpensive materials generally. Whenever less common materials are specified, we typically include notes in the lessons on what can be used as an alternative so you are not limited by what materials you can access.

Will we need access to the internet or computers?

Some lessons do include videos that are viewed online. Curriculum documents and handouts can be downloaded to view on a screen or printed hard copies.  Having a projector or ability to share/cast a screen is helpful. Lessons do not require a 1:1 device-to-student ratio.

Have more questions that aren’t answered here? Contact us and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can. Thanks for helping to spread the entrepreneurial mindset!

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