Aspen Entrepreneurial Institute

The Aspen Entrepreneurial Institute (AEI) has developed the only program in the nation that is a wholly sequenced, year-long curriculum that incorporates economics, personal financial literacy, organizational leadership, and entrepreneurship for Kindergarten - 8th Grade students. Your students will be exposed to a wide variety of lifelong financial skills that they can take into the world for their personal savings and to contribute to the greater world.

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By the time a student graduates from Aspen Academy, he/she will understand the following factors in financial literacy:

  • Students will understand principles of personal money management including budgeting and managing accounts.
  • Students will be able to make informed purchasing decisions and be vigilant when making decisions to avoid fraud.
  • Students will be able to describe and discuss the impact of credit and debt on personal money management.
  • Students will identify needs in society and ways to contribute that will help make the world a better place.



Differentiating Factor: Stock Market Experience
National research shows participation in stock market simulation programs improves test scores in economics, mathematics, and financial literacy.


By the time a student graduates from Aspen Academy, he/she will develop an appreciation for the value of understanding the following economic skills:

  • Students will understand key economic concepts and be able to use these concepts to be a self-sufficient consumer and producer in society.
  • Students will gain an understanding of different economic systems used throughout the world.
  • Students’ enhanced financial literacy will help to improve entitlement programs while combating a culture of entitlement.

Differentiating Factors:

A mini economy based on 8th grade business cohorts. The community includes applications for employment, interviews for specific positions, and jobs within each cohort. Students are given paychecks and must budget their pay for bills, including wi-fi and rent as well as the monthly auction.

Shark Tank

After creating their own innovations 8th graders will pitch their idea and product in a simulation of Shark Tank with community members as judges.