A project of the Afterschool Alliance

Afterschool Entrepreneurship

Learning about and practicing entrepreneurship helps students develop critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, analytical and communication skills.

Introduce your students to entrepreneurship by holding a virtual or in-person pitch challenge! Similar to the popular show Shark Tank, a pitch challenge is an exciting way to showcase students’ ideas and demonstrate the impact of your afterschool program.

An entrepreneurship curriculum can culminate in a pitch challenge, like the popular show Shark Tank, and is an exciting venue in which to showcase students’ ideas and demonstrate the impact of your afterschool program.

Check out the free K-12 Young Entrepreneur Pitch Toolkit for a planning timeline, curriculum, resources for planning a live or videotaped pitch contest, and sample pitches from students grades K-12.

  • Students can learn about entrepreneurship and prepare to deliver a live or video-taped pitch in as little as four forty-five-minute lessons using the Young Entrepreneur Pitch (YEP) toolkit
  • Lessons can be facilitated once a week over 4-5 weeks, or daily over the course of a week
  • Sign up for a free 30-minute informational webinar

Youth entrepreneurship is an authentic way for afterschool programs to engage business leaders as guest speakers, field trip hosts, pitch contest judges and prize sponsors.