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Entrepreneurship & Innovation Summer Program Courses

Students will have the opportunity to complete all courses during the two-week program.

Introduction to Design Thinking
A New Way of Thinking
An interactive presentation and discussion that will introduce students to the popularity, process, and purposes of Design Thinking, and how it can be applied to their own lives, businesses and social innovation.

Design Thinking Crash Course
Practicing the Design Thinking Process
In this interactive crash course – designed by Stanford's – participants will work together with a partner on a 'design challenge' that takes them through the entire Design Thinking process. Students learn how to build their creative confidence, and they will leave with a taste of what it feels like to solve prob­lems using this human-centered approach.

Elements of Innovation
Deep Dive into Methodologies used within the Design Thinking Process
In this course, students will focus on the more specific methodologies used within the phases of Design Thinking, to learn techniques for observation, brainstorming and ideation, harvesting ideas, prototyping and testing.

Scenario Planning
Building "Preferable" Futures Looking 10+ years ahead
In this hands-on course, students explore their imagination and learn to use a scenario­planning method to build possible and 'impossible' futures 10+ years out. Students then use prototyping methods to help design preferable futures for their business.

Crafting and Telling Compelling Stories
This course focuses on how to craft and tell compelling stories that engage audiences and move ideas forward. Students will learn how to fuel their stories using their own experienc­es, build stories that have value, and gain the confidence needed to deliver in front of any audience. At the end of the program, students will apply their skills to deliver an individual one-minute elevator pitch, and a group project using Digital Storytelling.

Your One-minute Elevator Pitch
Developing a Clear & Concise Message
Students will discover how their experiences, skills, and passions fuel their stories, and under­stand why their stories are important to them and to others. Students will learn about the different types of messaging, and how to work within the time limits of a one-minute 'elevator pitch' while using creative writing tools and reflective exercises.

Building Stage Confidence
Telling a Story Using Body and Voice
In this course, students will gain confidence and learn how to manage 'stage fright' and adrenaline when presenting, utilizing basic theatre and acting techniques.

Digital Storytelling
Creating Interactive Narratives Using Digital Methods
Using new media and digital technologies, and working in groups, students will develop and deliver meaningful stories that engage users through a digital storytelling presentation.