Schools and teachers

business@school is so much more than a business game. Over the course of one school year, the students get a first-hand, practical taste of business. At the same time, they also practice their soft skills such as teamwork and time management, helping them prepare for their life after school.

In three phases, the students gain basic knowledge of economic concepts— first by analyzing a large company with a focus on the company structure, market, and competition, then by analyzing a small business in the area of the school with a focus on strategy and positioning. Finally, in phase III, the students demonstrate their own start-up skills by developing their own business idea including a business plan.

The students present the results of all three phases at school-internal competitions. In addition, the best teams from each school compete with their business idea in regional finals, with the winners moving on to the international finals, where an expert panel of judges composed of high-ranking representatives of the business world awards the best business ideas.

What is my job?

As a teacher, you integrate the project into the curriculum at your school or offer it as an extracurricular activity. If you take over the project leadership, your role will be to coordinate the collaboration between the school, the external coaches, and the business@school project office. The minimum number of participants is 12 motivated students in teams of four to six. The student teams meet with their teacher at least once a week.

Teachers do not need a business background to get involved in business@school. Much more important is commitment to the project and a basic interest in business questions. We will help teachers who are not familiar with business basics to learn what they need to know for the project. The teachers are additionally supported by external coaches from our partner companies. As business experts, they share their practical knowledge and experience with the students.

How can I apply?

Teachers who want to assume project leadership may apply for business@school between November 1 and February 1. This is a true application, not a registration. The schools admitted to the project will receive confirmation of acceptance in March. Only then is your participation in business@school confirmed.

You can find two different registration forms in the right-hand column: one for schools who wish to take part for the first time and one for those seeking to rejoin after a break. There is another form for currently participating schools.