EntrepreneurShip Investigation


EntrepreneurShip Investigation (ESI) is an exciting, interactive, and comprehensive curriculum project designed for youth, ages 10-19. ESI uses a variety of tools to help participants develop their entrepreneurial skills and find their business niche. Through exciting activities, case studies and current technology, participants are transformed into budding entrepreneurs!

ESI: Entrepreneurship Investigation

After completing all levels of the curriculum, youth will have the skills and tools to start their own business, as well as have a completed business and marketing plan – the “road map” to the entrepreneur’s success.

Finally, participants will learn that they can do all of these things without moving to a large city.  The ESI curriculum provides an opportunity to reach young people; enabling them to explore opportunities they can create for themselves with the support of their community.

Purchase ESI Units 

ESI Evaluations:
Complete an evaluation here:
Complete the Online Evaluation »
ESI Evaluation (PDF) »

After completing the evaluations, you may download and print
Certificates of Completion here: 
Unit 1 :: Unit 2 :: Unit 3

ESI Business Plan Template (Microsoft Word)

What makes ESI unique?

ESI is truly a pioneer in the field of youth entrepreneurship education for several reasons:

  • Developed with four audiences in mind:
  • 4-H Clubs
  • Middle and high schools
  • Youth organizations
  • Community organizations
  • Written in partnership with organizations representative of each of the target audiences
  • Research-based
  • Uses current technology through web-based activities
  • Is accessible and affordable to anyone
  • Provides instructions and direction for leaders and teachers through the leader’s guide
  • Aligned to school standards for easy classroom use
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Need assistance or have questions when ordering these materials? Contact:

Michael Riese
Extension Marketplace Coordinator

Have questions about the Curriculum?  Contact:

Andy Larson
Innovation & Entrepreneurship Extension Educator