The America's Entrepreneurial Schools (AES) Initiative is a program designed to recognize K-12 schools that have provided entrepreneurship education to every student, every year. To earn the designation, schools must provide an entrepreneurship experience to every student in a school building in a given year. Schools may earn this designation on their own, or with the support of the EntreEd   team via structured professional development and additional support. 


Entrepreneurship education is not "one more thing" for our teachers - it can be done in any classroom setting seamlessly. We empower educators to shift their teaching strategies to further promote creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking skills within their students.  

America’s Entrepreneurial Schools foster innovation and encourage a culture of self-startership.  How you choose to deliver entrepreneurial programming is up to each school. As long as every student receives entrepreneurship education, we encourage flexibility and creativity in how it happens. The program is designed to work with existing student lessons and add the context of entrepreneurship lessons. For example, an English teacher may have students write an advertisement or press release for a new business idea. The schools and teachers are recognized for their commitment to entrepreneurship education when they become a part of the AES program.  

The AES Program:

  • Empowers schools to provide entrepreneurship to Every Student, Every Year. 

  • Emphasizes engaging all students, even if they never start a business.

  • Instills entrepreneurial mindsets in students to diversify career pathways.

  • Forges a more entrepreneurial America by focusing on the workforce of tomorrow.

  • Shifts culture, NOT curriculum.


Entrepreneurship education isn't about starting a functioning student business or a large-scale project – that's the end goal! It is about a small shift in teaching strategies that promote creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking skills within students. The ultimate goal is to expose young minds to entrepreneurial education and forge a more entrepreneurial America. If, at the end of the day, a group of students now understand and have engaged with entrepreneurship when they hadn't before - that is a success! 

Learn more on our AES FAQ sheet 


Interested in entrepreneurship education, but unsure where to start? Check out our helpful rubric with methods and concepts that qualify you for the AES Initiative. We believe entrepreneurship benefits not only students interested in starting a business, but also fosters mindsets and skills needed for all students to succeed in the future of work.





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