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You Have 60 Seconds to Make Your Elevator Pitch – Go!

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High school senior Jordan Harden just won the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s 2014 elevator pitch competition. Here are some tips for crafting — and delivering — a killer elevator pitch.

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South Sudan: Business Ethics Can Help the World’s Youngest Country

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South Sudan is the world’s youngest country. When it broke from Sudan a few years back, many were hopeful that it would build a stronger economy. However, it is struggling. KWHS teen contributor Mats Terwiesch spoke with Eric Kacou, an expert on Africa, about the role of businesses and investors in helping the country rebound and find its way.

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Summer Highlights: Seven Lessons in Leadership

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During GenHERation’s 2014 Summer Leadership Series, professional women shared insights and anecdotes about leadership and success in the business world. Two high school students who attended the workshops share their favorite takeaways.

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Understanding the Mobile Wallet Market

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Shoppers with a mobile wallet app can start using their smartphones to make payments at any store that uses a near-field communication reader available at checkout. Lots of companies, from Google to startup Venmo have entered the mobile wallet market, and yet consumers are slow to adopt this new payment method. What’s behind the lack of popularity? Will mobile wallets ever become the norm? This Knowledge@Wharton article – with KWHS commentary from young Silicon Valley tech whiz Daniel Brusilovsky – explores these questions and more.

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An Intelligent Glove, a Smartphone App and a Teen’s Perspective on What’s Missing in School

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Jake Coppinger, 17, has always loved technology. When he didn’t get the type of experimentation he was looking for in high school, he began to explore bigger and better ways of creating things on his own. The result? Swirlesque, an intelligent glove that can recognize hand gestures and communicate with a Smartphone to connect to any Internet-enabled device. Coppinger discusses the power of innovative thinking, both inside and outside the classroom.

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Innovation in the Classroom: Inspiring Creativity

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How do we teach students to become innovative thinkers? Through exploration and experimentation. In this final part of a four-part audio podcast for educators on innovation and the art of problem-solving, Saikat Chaudhuri, executive director of the Mack Institute of Innovation Management at the Wharton School; and Rob Shelton, global innovation strategy lead at PwC, talk about ways to foster innovation in the high school classroom. They address several questions from teachers in hopes of getting at the heart of encouraging more risk-taking and creativity, as well as helping educators become catalysts for change.

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Thinking Like an Innovator: The Power of Experimentation

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It’s one thing to recognize the power and influence of innovation, and entirely something else to call yourself an innovator. In this third part of a four-part audio podcast for educators on innovation and the art of problem-solving, Saikat Chaudhuri, executive director of the Mack Institute of Innovation Management at the Wharton School; and Rob Shelton, global innovation strategy lead at PwC, discuss the connection between innovation and creativity, and why experimentation is critical to developing innovation skills. In addition to sharing their own insights, the featured speakers also answer questions from high school educators.

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Innovation in Action: Beyond the Eureka Moment

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In this second part of a four-part audio podcast for educators on innovation and the art of problem-solving, Saikat Chaudhuri, executive director of the Mack Institute of Innovation Management at the Wharton School; and Rob Shelton, global innovation strategy lead at PwC, discuss innovation in action — from some inspiring examples, to why innovation is at its heart a team sport.

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