Become a part of the broad business@school network
Every year, over 1,000 students, 150 teachers, and roughly 400 coaches participate in the educational initiative business@school. Will you soon be one of them? Here, you can find out how to get involved in business@school as a teacher, coach, or senior high school student, how to provide support as a parent, or how to become a part of our broad network as an alumnus.
What exactly is business@school, anyway? Find out here.
How to participate in business@school at your school:
- Over the course of a full school year, integrate business@school in your regular instruction or make it a team project.
- A teacher (you or another teacher) acts as project leader, coordinating between your school, project coaches, and the business@school project office.
- To participate, your school should have at least twelve committed students for three teams. You'd like to participate with fewer students? That's possible, too. Just get in touch with us!
- You'll meet at least once a week with your teams—remotely or in person.
- Business basics are explained in our materials; you do not need to have studied business. Your school's coaches, who work in business, will be happy to help you with any questions you may have.
- You'll be supported by an extensive project intranet that provides general information, documents, and videos. An online checklist with organizational tasks will guide you through the school year.
Flexible and digital, for reliable planning - business@school can be done in person or remotely:
- Platforms with corresponding materials, comprehensive learning materials and videos, and file storage and sharing
- Online workshops with a diverse range of content and formats
- School competitions and meetings with coaches held by videoconference or in person
What do coaches do?
- Ensure that all teams receive equal support, in coordination with teachers
- Convey knowledge to student teams
- Support students in brainstorming and tapping their creativity over the three phases of the project and help them to overcome hurdles as necessary
- Share practical experience with students
- Stay in touch with a student team over the course of a full school year—whether in person or remotely
You'll become a business expert in three progressive phases.
Over the course of one school year, you'll learn to understand the basics of business, analyze annual reports, evaluate the challenges of local businesses, and conduct interviews and customer surveys. The highlight of the project comes in phase III, when you'll develop your own business idea together with your team, including a business plan.
Along the way, you'll acquire important skills: Many former participants tell us that business@school was a huge help to them in learning skills in areas like teamwork, presentation techniques, time management, and digital collaboration.
Throughout the entire year, you'll be supported not only by your involved teachers, but also by coaches from partner companies who give you real-life insights into business. At the end of each phase, your team presents its results to a panel of judges—and after phase III, the winning teams at each school advance to the regional competitions, whose winners then compete in the German Finals. Sound exciting? It is! We look forward to welcoming you as a participant in business@school soon.
Attend school and regional competitions as a guest
Experience your child full of enthusiasm in a completely new context. You'll be amazed at how knowledgeably and persuasively your son or daughter presents his or her team's own business idea to an expert panel of judges and deftly answers critical questions. And of course, it helps to keep your fingers crossed in moral support