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There are opportunities everywhere and Don Wettrick is determined to equip teachers, parents and students how to embrace them with an innovation mindset, while maintaining their social distance. Join us and top thought leaders in the innovation world. It starts March 23rd and it’s FREE.

NEWS PROVIDED BY STARTedUP Foundation

Mar 19, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS March 19,2020: Don Wettrick, a 21 year veteran educator and Founder of the STARTedUP Foundation has focused on innovation, mindset, and entrepreneurship. When the COVID-19 outbreak caused school cancellations and shifted to e-learning, he had teachers reaching out to him for curriculum on innovation. Therefore, STARTedUP Foundation, will release a course on how to re-focus problems into opportunities through innovation and entrepreneurial thinking.

“I received several calls from teachers requesting innovation curriculum during the e-learning days. My fear was that thousands of students would just be scrolling through social media or YouTube all day. Instead, what a great opportunity to get students thinking about seeing local/regional/national problems as opportunities and actually knowing how to do something about them and collaborate with other passionate students.”

Noticing the opportunity, Wettrick then put out a video to gauge interest and get feedback. Over 150 teachers registered in the first hour. Therefore, starting Monday March 23, the video series and resources will be emailed to registered educators, for free. The series will be open and available to share with any interested students and teachers.

Known for collaborating with impactful names like Gary Vaynerchuk, Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss and others, Don called out to his network for guest appearances. “We have some A-list authors, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders who will be supplying us some video lessons as well! I wanted our students to hear from some of the experts themselves.”

A teacher and STARTedUP chapter leader in Arkansas, Andrew Podoll, suggested creating a closed LinkedIn group for deeper collaboration among students and teachers on the projects with some potential and traction. “I think some of these students will work with each other and really blow us all away,” explained Podoll.

Because the focus is on the mindset of seeing problems as opportunities, Wettrick will be asking the students to identify problems and nonprofits in their area to work with, then share the results. In this time of isolation and uncertainty, STARTedUP wanted more students to start thinking about problems to be solved and solutions to be built.

Should you have an interest to take the curriculum with your student, please go to: https://startedupfoundation.org/oae

Should you want to join the group collaborative: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12384006/

The STARTedUP officially launched in 2018 to start building the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. The Mission of SEUF is to teach students how to view life through a lens of innovation and entrepreneurship. We are accomplishing this through three key programs: SPARK, chapter program that gives students the opportunity to speak into local business/nonprofit challenges. DEVELOP, a daylong, quarterly, problem-solving Hack-A-Thon ending in a solution pitch. And lastly INNOVATE WithIN, a 6-week intensive program with an entrepreneurial emersion trip and final pitch for a cash prize to help launch their idea, product, or company.

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