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Frequently Asked Questions

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your 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.
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.