Over the course of one school year, participants learn first-hand how business works, what it can do, and how we all benefit. At the same time, they also practice key skills such as teamwork, digital competence, presentation techniques, self-initiative, communication, and time management, preparing them for life after school. Phase III of the project, especially, awakens their entrepreneurial spirit.
Coaches from over 20 partner companies and BCG support student teams over the course of one full school year. As business experts, they share their practical knowledge and experience with participating students.
You'd like to get involved as a coach and support a student team? You'll find more information here.
Teachers are at the heart of the project, performing local project management and organizing the collaboration between schools, partner companies, and the business@school project office. They also teach students business fundamentals.
You'd like to participate in business@school with your school? More information can be found here.
Boston Consulting Group is an international management consulting firm and the world’s leading advisor on business strategy. Founded in 1963 by Bruce D. Henderson, BCG now has more than 90 offices in over 50 countries. In addition to their work for clients, BCG consultants also support selected organizations on a pro bono basis, such as Save the Children and the World Food Programme of the United Nations. BCG currently works with over 200 partner organizations on 350 social impact projects around the globe. In its educational initiative business@school, BCG has partnered with other companies for over 20 years to explain how business works to high school students on-site at their schools, and together with participating teachers, to give them the opportunity to try their hand at it themselves. For this, BCG received Germany's most prestigious corporate citizenship award, "Freiheit und Verantwortung" ("Freedom and Responsibility") in December 2002.
Supported by an expert Advisory Board since 2001
The members of the Advisory Board dedicate themselves to the ongoing development of the project and contribute their many years of valuable experience. The Advisory Board is comprised of experts from business, schools participating in business@school, and the project's initiator, Boston Consulting Group.
Teachers have been at the heart of business@school since 1998
The educational initiative was launched and has been continuously developed with the support of teachers. 2020 brought many new challenges for schools. Under the auspices of business@school, a group of seven teachers called the b@s Educational Visionaries works to jointly address these challenges. With regular discussions in various channels, they contribute their diverse experience, gathered over 87 combined years of teaching 14 subjects at two types of schools (vocational school, and high school). Their goals are to encourage exchange among schools, provide support, learn from one another, and develop concrete ideas for the schools of today and the future.
Our Alumni Board brings in the view of the participants
Since the 2021/2022 school year, a group of former participants of business@school and the b@s videochallenge have been supporting us in the further development of the project. In regular discussions, they contribute the views and current issues of the younger generation. The aim is to promote exchange with the participants and further develop the project in line with the target group.