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Entrepreneurship and Empathy

Andrew Schneider put his ideas into action recently by holding a weeklong workshop during Peck’s Summer Program entitled, “Shark Tank.” Based on the popular TV series, where actual entrepreneurs enter a room full of potential investors and make a pitch for funding in exchange for ownership stakes, this scaled-down version shared basic business principles with students in grades 5 to 8, and then set them loose to incubate ideas for their own businesses.
Schneider knows a bit about business. He serves as The Peck School’s Director of Finance and Operations and has written several popular blog posts on the intersection between entrepreneurship and empathy.
 
In one post he wrote, “So often the final hurdle to clear when turning an idea into a business is empathy, putting yourself in the shoes of others in order to help solve their problem, not your problem.”
 
Shark Tank week at Peck culminated with students entering a make-believe Shark Tank, where they presented their business ideas to make-believe “angel” investors. Watch the students in action, here.

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