Frequently Asked Questions

What is Dragons’ Nest?
Dragons’ Nest is a free experiential learning program for students in Grades 9-12 that empowers students to create, develop, and launch a business venture right in the classroom.  Working in groups, with the support of teachers and a business mentor, students develop innovative business ventures which may either be for profit or social enterprise.  Students submit video pitches for judging and up to eight finalist ventures are selected.  Their teams face Dragons, who are experienced business leaders, at the regional Dragons’ Nest Finale.
Why is Dragons’ Nest such an important program for students?
Entrepreneurial skills are increasingly in demand within our ever-changing economy. Business literacy, independence, innovation and self-management are keys to success in the world of work. This program enables students to develop global competencies in business, entrepreneurship, problem solving, critical thinking and social responsibility.  Financial literacy is also highlighted.
What are the benefits of an experiential program?
Experiential learning enables students to put theory into practice within real world contexts, helping them to ‘learn by doing’ within a structured, supportive and inclusive environment. Through experiential learning opportunities, learning is accelerated, engagement is enhanced, students gain deeper understanding of subject matter and they develop and apply critical thinking skills. Experiential learning is personal and creates an opportunity to make lessons accessible to everyone.
How long has Dragons’ Nest been in existence?
Dragons’ Nest was launched in 2015.  The program is a spin off from Entrepreneurial Adventure, a K-12 program that started in 1995.
How much does it cost to join Dragons’ Nest?
There is no cost to the program.  Dragons’ Nest is free for publicly-funded schools.
Is Dragons’ Nest available in different languages?
Dragons’ Nest is currently offered in English.
How do I know whether Dragons’ Nest is available in my school area?
Please email info@thelearningpartnership.ca
How does Dragons’ Nest benefit students?
Dragons’ Nest enables students to develop and strengthen core global competencies including project management, creative problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, financial literacy and go-to market skills. Students strengthen these skills by developing and launching real business ventures guided by business mentors.  Students practice how to present, market and sell ideas through a video pitch.  Finalists have the opportunity to pitch their venture to a panel of business experts at the Dragons’ Nest Finale.
How does Dragons’ Nest benefit teachers?
Dragons’ Nest provides professional development for teachers and enhances the initiatives already taking place in the classroom. Volunteers from the business community provide contemporary business insights for students. The program provides ongoing curriculum support through Dragons’ Nest eLearning and local program manager assistance.
How does Dragons’ Nest benefit business mentors?
Dragons’ Nest provides business mentors with the opportunity to share their knowledge and expertise with students. It allows them to give back to the community and make a positive impact, often fulfilling corporate social responsibility objectives in their workplace. It also provides business mentors with a forum in which to inspire and encourage young entrepreneurs to reach their full potential and help cultivate a strong future workforce.
How do I find a business mentor?
Local program managers will often find business mentors for teachers through contact with local businesses and community organizations, as well as employees of our corporate sponsors who support our program. In some instances, teachers prefer to find their own business mentors, accessing their own contacts within their school community, family or friends. Business mentors range in backgrounds from community members whose workplace is located within the school area, to entrepreneurs who have launched their own businesses, as well as bank employees that are eager to share their business expertise.
Are business mentors screened in any way?
All business mentors must complete a Criminal Reference Check through their local Police Department that is submitted to The Learning Partnership. This clearance must take place before a business mentor is allowed in the classroom.
How often does the business mentor come into my class?
Most business mentors spend a total of 4-6 hours between February and the end of May in the classroom. The schedule itself is determined between the teacher and the business mentor, in a way that meets everyone’s needs.
How do I join the program?
Teachers are encouraged to register for Dragons’ Nest by using the following link: Registration
I have registered for Dragons’ Nest, now what?
The Program Manager will contact you to discuss Next Steps including the training and resources available to support teachers as they get started in the program.
What teacher resources are available for Dragons Nest?
Dragons’ Nest features easily accessible teacher resources, access to an online eLearning site, along with the support of a local Dragons’ Nest program manager. The program manager will provide teacher training and follow-up support, and serves as a point of contact and support throughout the learning journey.
Dragons' Nest registration
Business mentor registration
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