A simple, creative process used in secondary school to start an entrepreneurial activity. “Idea dating” can help stimulate their creativity and communication skills
Purpose and process
To give students an opportunity to consider and share ideas suitable for a group enterprise activity or mini-company based on what they think they and/or others might need or want. These ideas are written down with all the students presenting their idea. They are then called an 'idea-owner'. Those idea-owners whose ideas are selected are allowed some time to prepare a 1-minute presentation, while the other students are writing their CVs. The idea-owners are given their own place in a big room and the other students then visit them in turn - just as in a speed-dating situation. Each idea-owner explains their idea to the students, and if the student likes the idea he/she gives his CV to the idea-owner. Once sufficient CVs have been offered, the idea-owner can now start a group or company to work on their idea. However, the idea-owner does not need to become the leader in the company - this is agreed later on by all the members.
- Develop a basic understanding of what it takes to be an entrepreneur: to be able to think creatively; to be able to explain one's ideas effectively to others so that their interest, motivation and commitment are all stimulated
- Build self-confidence, communication and presentation skills
- Learn to work on a tight schedule and be decisive
- Start to understand what a CV should contain
- Practice their writing, speaking and listening skills
Curricular or thematic relevance
Can be used in a wide range of contexts to do with enterprise education and has cross-curricular potential, e.g. for developing speaking and listening skills.
How to organise:
Can be used as part of timetabled lessons or as the starting-point for a suspended timetable event; also suitable in extra-curricular contexts such as a club
Assessment and evaluation approaches
Presentation by individual students, together with teacher/peer review and reflective discussion should be used at various stages throughout the activity
Good luck trying to be a ideaowner!!!
helper do TM detail body (June 6th, 1st half)
Sounds like a great tool. As a starting point to generate ideas in the mini-company program. It is very disruptive, creative,and combines two very important aspects, the method to develop proactive minds and the way to present the skills needed in the labour market. Great idea!!
A fresh and innovative approach to the process of idea generation. Easily manageable while the resualts are visible and impressive
Playful and fun activity suitable for the introduction of student companies. At the start I frequently meet with the fact that for students is difficult to think creatively about business plan and products of their companies. I have to try it :)