Our vision for Openground is to be recognised as the ‘benchmark’ for learning entrepreneurship and business in New Zealand secondary schools.
Openground provides a supportive environment that nurtures Year 13 students' entrepreneurial skills, encourages their personal growth, and equips them with the confidence and knowledge needed to pursue their entrepreneurial endeavours. Here's how:
- Openground provides practical experience - by creating and running actual business ventures, students gain first hand exposure to the challenges and responsibilities of entrepreneurship.
- Each Openground student is matched with a mentor.
- We have access to high calibre guest speakers who bring real-world experience and insights, providing invaluable inspiration and knowledge to Openground students.
- Access to funding - during the programme, we conduct 1-2 Dragons’ Den events, where students are given the opportunity to pitch for legitimate funding
- Openground is managed by Ant Ford, who has over 25 years business experience which provides him a deep understanding of business & entrepreneurship and the ability to share real-world experiences and knowledge.
- Openground provides a fast moving and well-designed curriculum.
- Students get the required time - they spend two periods per day in Openground, during which Business Studies Level 3 is delivered.
- Openground is located in what is arguably the best space in the school - a kitchen with a flash coffee machine, great aircon and plenty of space.
Students don’t necessarily need to come up with a completely new business idea – it might be introducing innovation to an existing business. Students can work in groups or on their own.
This year we have 20 business ventures - ranging from designing cutting-edge apps, to providing home maintenance solutions to selling oversized mouse pads or high quality, wearable pop culture driven merchandise.
For more information, contact Ant Ford [email protected] or 027 5408396.