TMS Schulich Innovation & Entrepreneurial Experience
The TMS Schulich Innovation & Entrepreneurial Experience is a collaboration between Innovation York at York University, the Schulich Executive Education Centre (Schulich ExecEd) and TMS. This is the first time Schulich/Innovation York have developed a program like this for high school-age students in the independent school system. All participants will receive a Schulich ExecEd Certificate and will develop connections to academics and practitioners as mentors and resources for potential on-going learning opportunities.
TMS launched the first cohort in July 2019 with 19 TMS Grade 9 and 10 students. The program is designed to help TMS students develop an entrepreneurial mindset something that will be as beneficial for students interested in healthcare, law, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) as much as those with a passion for a career in business. The students take part in a two-week immersive experiential application of design and systems thinking to help move a passion project from concept to reality and benefitted from a unique opportunity to work with industry experts in an innovative and leading-edge university environment. This program builds on the excellent work in the TMS IB programme by taking a deeper dive into topics of relevance to an IB student with a growth mindset.
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“What I’m most proud of [from the Schulich Experience] was my business pitch that we presented at the end of the two weeks. Each student starts off with a business idea that you come up with on your own that reflects your own ideas and passions. Then you’re able to spend the two weeks developing that business idea as well as learning strategies and skills to help you with that process. The end-goal is to create a business pitch/presentation that’s then presented to your peers, mentors, and families. It’s incredibly rewarding to start with a vague outline of an idea and put so much work and thought into it that it becomes an actual feasible business model that was entirely of your own making. Of course your mentors are always available to help you, but the final pitch is done individually, which makes it all the more gratifying.”
“To see 14- and 15-year-olds up on a stage to be able to pitch a diverse array of ideas in front of a group that is just simply amazing. They will carry this for the rest of their lives.”