University School offers opportunities for students to explore business challenges through the Entrepreneur Cup, Tech Cup, Student Investment Committee, Stock Market Challenge, JA Titan, Business Roundtable, Middle School Entrepreneur Club (EClub), and Lemonade Day Club.
The Entrepreneur Cup
competition helps students learn the basics of a business plan. While developing their own ideas, students attend workshops to enhance their entrepreneurial skills. The competition culminates with a final oral presentation before a panel of judges from the Cleveland business community.
The Tech Cup Challenge
offers students the opportunity to imagine and plan an app for smartphones. Students attend workshops to learn the basics of business plans, develop their apps, and create business plans. The competition culminates with a final oral presentation before a panel of judges who are involved in computer or technology businesses.
A select group of students, the Student Investment Committee
, manages a portion of University School’s investment portfolio.
Last year, more than 150 students participated in EconomicsAmerica-sponsored Stock Market Challenge
in the fall and spring. Two US teams placed 2nd and 3rd in the region, competing against more than 450 teams from area high schools.
JA Titan is an online business simulation from Junior Achievement. Titan challenges students to apply their knowledge of business as they compete online in the highly competitive industry of the fictional Holo-Generator. Students enter decisions about price, production, marketing, capital investment, and research and development. The impact of their decisions will lead to the success or failure of each Holo-Generator company. Titan is used by high schools around the world. University School has been a top three finisher in regional and national Titan competitions.
Students may join the Business Roundtable
for lively monthly discussions about business-related topics.
The Middle School Entrepreneur Club (EClub)
is an after-school activity for US middle school students interested in business. Students participate in a series of workshops in February and March to learn, through fun activities, about the fundamentals of business. Boys work individually or in teams to create a micro-business and get the chance to experience entrepreneurship by selling their creations at the Celebration of Youth Entrepreneurship (CYE) evening event. To see pitches, click on the video of Middle School Student Pitches.Lower School
Students in grades 3-5 participate in Lemonade Day as an after-school activity where they have fun while learning about business. Instead of simply raiding the pantry and setting up on the driveway, students learn about goal setting, developing a business plan, giving a pitch, finding an investor, choosing a location, operating the business, repaying loans, and calculating gross and net profit. Students keep the money they earn, learning about saving, spending and sharing.