Time needed: 30–45 minutes
Entrepreneurs are innovative problem solvers. They know how to collaborate and get critical feedback to make their ideas even better. Entrepreneurs brainstorm, often work with teams, set goals, face failure, and try again.
You are going to practice thinking like an entrepreneur. You’ll be coming up with an idea for a new or improved product, service, or technology solution to solve a local, national, or global problem.
An entrepreneur is a person that solves problems in order to make our lives better. Throughout this activity, try to think like an entrepreneur this is called having an entrepreneurial mindset. To develop an entrepreneur mindset remembering these three things:
For the first part of this activity, go online and search for websites that talk about social, economic, educational, and environmental challenges that the world—or your community—faces. Focus on issues that interest you and dig in to really understand the issue. Find the answers to questions like:
Now, look at what you’ve learned. Did it spark any ideas for a product, service, or new kind of technology that might help solve the problem? Pull out your notebook or journal and develop your idea further, capturing your thoughts, goals, and feedback.
Here are some things to include:
And here’s a tip: you don’t just need to write in your notebook. You can also add sketches, photos, diagrams, song lyrics, poetry, or quotes that might be able to help you really think about and explain your idea.
Think about these questions:
Troop Leaders: The instructions for all badge steps are available free of charge in your Girl Scout Volunteer Toolkit.
Girl Scout Activity Zone activities have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming.
Adapted from Step 1 of the Cadette Business Creator badge. Purchase the badge booklet to complete all requirements and earn the badge.
Made possible by a generous gift from Susan Bulkeley Butler, author of Become the CEO of You, Inc.
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