A Culture of Entrepreneurship

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Last week I attended Northglenn High School’s entrepreneurship presentations aimed at creating small business opportunities which have an impact on the local community — all with the aim of reproducing this initiative here in Broomfield.

Northglenn is known locally for its progressive programs including STEM, a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. To some extent the entrepreneurial ideas presented are an extension of the STEM ideology, integrating various disciplines into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world business ideas.

Central to each of the business concepts was the involvement of students, the utilization of existing resources at the school, and engagement with the Northglenn community. Several of the presentations revolved around hydroponics and food production from the school’s greenhouse, potentially serving both the school itself and the local community. Most encouraging was the fact that most of the ideas could be realized with little capital expenditure and within a relatively short time frame.

Obviously none of this would be possible without a dedicated team of teachers who juggle busy teaching schedules and other responsibilities between their family, classrooms, and personal time. To quote Daniel Morris, the organizational talent behind this initiative, the teachers, “did a great job outlining their goals, representing the commitment to their community and personal growth through working together as a team”.

Hopefully Northglenn High School will carry some of these ideas through to fruition and we as an economic development community will continue to support them through connections, introductions, and other general input. It should also be kept in mind that this concept is transferable, helped by connecting our local business community with our schools, an ideal that the Access Broomfield Economic Coalition hopes to propagate. We intend to create a culture of entrepreneurship here in Broomfield, encouraging young talent and creating an environment that fosters innovation and eventually new jobs and investment in our community.

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To learn more about Broomfield’s exciting new economic development program, the Access Broomfield Economic Coalition, click here.

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