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Mrs. Washington's $50 Startup Course

Youth entrepreneurship education through project based learning

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The $50 Startup includes 8 project based learning labs packed with activities, videos, and online resources in a teacher friendly format. The user friendly nature of the $50 Startup program makes it a perfect solution for educators teaching STEM, the arts, or CTE to incorporate entrepreneurship into the classroom. Our mission is to empower students to become 21st century thinkers by awakening their entrepreneurial spirit, inspiring them to become the architects of their futures, and giving them the confidence to transform their communities.

Students learn business fundamentals and how to use their creativity to solve problems through creation of a business on a $50 budget.



Your Instructor


Sylvester Chisom
Sylvester Chisom

Sylvester is a serial entrepreneur. He is the author of 4 best-selling books including his latest, "Manifest Greatness, How To Live Without Limits." Sylvester is a cofounder of the Education Entrepreneur incubator at, UMSL where he helped develop and advise education tech companies that receive early stage investment from Mastercard.

Sylvester began his journey as an entrepreneur at the young age of 17 when he cofounded his first startup Showroom Shine with only a water hose, a bucket, and a dream. He has since grown his company to have multiple locations, fortune 500 clients like Amazon, Emerson, and Express Scripts. Sylvester’s company garnered national recognition as the winners of the Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards 4years in a row for best detail shop in the nation.

His ideas and companies have been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, INC Magazine, The Washington Times, The Huffington Post, The Steve Harvey Morning Show, and more. Sylvester's inspiring personal stories and helpful strategies have reached more than a million business leaders, students and entrepreneurs.

Sylvester has earned a reputation as a leading authority on motivating people to success through the application of the entrepreneurial mindset. His books and his online courses are used in over 500 school districts, corporations and colleges across the country. Sylvester keeps a busy schedule traveling the world as a keynote speaker and consultant with Fortune 500 companies and school systems.


Course Curriculum



Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts when the instructor is ready. It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when your classroom starts and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you and your students have one year licensed access to this course across any and all devices they own. You will be asked to renew your license at the end of your 12 months.
How long does each module take?
On average each module is set up to take approximately 90 mins to complete. However some educators use a flip model and have students read and watch videos out of class and work on projects during class. This can cut time if needed.
What if I am having trouble using the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! Please contact us and we will do our best to address your concerns promptly.
What if I like the course but our school can't fund the program?
Our goal is to make a big impact on entrepreneurship education. Please email [email protected] We may be able to offer assistance.

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