Pikkuyrittäjät is an entrepreneurship education program for primary schools. During a, nine-week period, 10-12 yr old pupils run a company from beginning to end. The pupils came up with a business idea, and to develop it further, with the assistance of the teacher, as part of curricula. Each group comes up with their own company name, logo, slogan, elevator pitch, and makes a website for their company. In the end, ideas will be presented at an event where the pupils sell their own products and services to the real customers paying with real money.
The aim of Pikkuyrittäjät is to increase and strengthen the primary school pupils participation and ability to take initiative with learning by doing; to encourage children to think about their own ideas and to try them in practice. As the program progresses, the pupils learn a variety of skills and use the skills they learn in school in practice. The mini-company acts as a learning environment combining the knowledge from school, practical skills, as well as cooperation with business volunteers outside the school.
The goal is to provide children with life changing experiences and a feeling of success to show that anything can be achieved if you keep trying.
Pikkuyrittäjät is facilitated by Junior Achievement Finland. Pikkuyrittäjät is a locally invented learning environment that came up with an experimental action by parents with corporate background. Pikkuyrittäjät was piloted in 50 schools at 2014-15. At 2016 Pikkuyrittäjät was developed to be able to fit as a practical tool and learning environment to support national core curricula. We are expecting more than 10 000 pupils until end of the 2017.
Pikkuyrittäjät is nominated for the best European and global entrepreneurship education program. The final is held in Oslo 9/2016. Pikkuyrittäjät is also Finland's representative for Commission's European Enterprise Awards held in Bratislava 11/2016.
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