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Middle School Girls Get Taste of Entrepreneurship

Program piques entrepreneurial interest and helps student entrepreneurs start and run their own businesses

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This story appears in the July 2003 issue of Teen Startups.

In a recent survey of students in grades 7 to 12 commissioned by the Simmons School of Management in Boston and The Committee of 200, a businesswomen's group, just 9 percent of girls polled listed business as a career they'd like to pursue. If posed to students at The Girls' Middle School (GMS) in Mountain View, California, this question may net different results.

For four years, seventh graders at the school have had the opportunity to participate in the Entrepreneurial Education Program, a class where students create, run and seek funding for their own ventures. Each business is run during the school year by a team of four students with the help of two volunteer coaches from local businesses and an eighth grade mentor who went through the program the year before.

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