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In this episode, Dane talks with Don Wettrick. He is the founder and CEO of the STARTedUP Foundation, which hosts Innovate WithIN – Indiana's innovation and entrepreneurship programming and competition.
He is also the author of “Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation,” which aims to create innovation mindsets in our schools.
Wettrick, a former teacher, recognized the need for practical, real-world skills in the education system. His foundation provides a dynamic environment where students can explore, create, and develop business ideas, gaining invaluable experience in entrepreneurship. The foundation hosts annual competitions, fostering a spirit of innovation among students and providing them with a platform to showcase their creative solutions to real-world problems.
This initiative not only equips students with entrepreneurial skills but also connects them with industry professionals and mentors. These connections provide students with guidance, feedback, and a deeper understanding of the business world. The foundation's impact extends beyond the individual, as it cultivates a culture of innovation and problem-solving within the community, making a significant contribution to local economic development.
- Encourage entrepreneurial thinking in education to foster creativity and innovation among students.
- Integrate real-world problem-solving and business skills into the school curriculum.
- Create platforms for students to pitch and develop their business ideas.
- Establish mentorship programs connecting students with industry experts.
- Organize competitions and events to stimulate student innovation and entrepreneurship.
- Facilitate hands-on learning experiences for practical understanding of business concepts.
- Promote a culture of creative risk-taking and iterative learning in schools.
- Highlight the importance of networking and professional connections in entrepreneurship.
- Track and showcase the success of student entrepreneurs to inspire and motivate others.
- Advocate for educational reforms that prioritize innovative and entrepreneurial skills.
- Don Wettrick | LinkedIn
- STARTedUP Foundation
- Innovate WithIN — STARTedUP Foundation
- Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level by Don Wettrick
- An Entrepreneurial Way of Being: Finding Ikigai Through Innovation | Don Wettrick | TEDxPurdueU — Don Wettrick is a high school teacher in Noblesville, Indiana with a passion for helping people explore their passion outside of their everyday curriculum. He started an after-school entrepreneurship program called StartEdUp that provides a platform for students and teachers to actively change education through innovation and entrepreneurship in the classroom. Don Wettrick is the founder of The STARTedUP Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to foster innovation and entrepreneurship for youth. He is also the author of “Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation” and host of the "STARTedUP” podcast. Don is known for his award-winning work as a middle school and high school teacher; educational and innovation consultant; and educational speaker.
- Innovation Specialist on Unlearning - Don Wettrick — Youtube
- Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink
- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin
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