Founders4Schools enables teachers to arrange for founders of successful, growing businesses to visit their schools and inspire their students to consider entrepreneurship as a viable career choice.
At high-impact events across the UK, business founders speak about what they studied when they were in secondary school; what motivated them to set up their business; and why they recommend entrepreneurship as a leading career choice for any person keen to have a positive impact on the world. Students also hear about real-life applications from Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects, making a critical link to how learning STEM directly relates to growing and scaling successful enterprises.
Stemming from the successful series of industry events, Silicon Valley Comes to the UK (SVC2UK), the Founders4Schools programme champions entrepreneurship and seeks to encourage school-aged children to attain more by considering a broader range of career choices.
Founders4Schools ran pilot programmes in 2011-12, reaching over 2,450 students. Results from these pilots showed that 96% of students felt inspired by the speakers and debate, and that 54% of students wanted to find out more about business planning or technology skills after an event, compared with a national average of only 24% of students who hope to study STEM.
Submitted by Joy Foster.