Discovering Fresh Approaches
Burton D. Morgan Foundation engages in projects and initiatives that are often experimental in nature and on the cutting edge of entrepreneurship education. Entrepreneurship Education Experiment (E3) works with partners in a collaborative capacity through experimental initiatives that explore the frontiers of entrepreneurship education. E3 seeks to develop perspectives and approaches through experimental initiatives that lead to stronger entrepreneurship education programming.
Building a thriving regional economy means more than supporting a healthy startup ecosystem - it also requires a strong network that helps existing companies grow. That’s why we partnered with Richard J. Fasenmyer Foundation to implement Scalerator NEO, a collaboration committed to supporting entrepreneurship and free enterprise in Northeast Ohio through targeted educational opportunities. Scalerator NEO is a six-month, cohort-based educational program for entrepreneurs and leaders who want to deliver immediate growth to their businesses and are open to learning new ways to achieve this goal. When the Fasenmyer Foundation sunsetted in 2018, it provided a grant to Burton D. Morgan Foundation in the amount of $3,750,000 to support us as we continue this important work.
Developed by Dan Isenberg, the founding executive director of the Babson College Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Platform, and taught in cooperation with colleagues at the Harvard and Columbia business schools, the program seeks to serve companies with $5 million - $15 million in sales and a desire to grow. Scalerator mixes peer-to-peer learning with classroom workshops that provide growth-oriented companies tools and strategies to quickly ignite that growth. The Entrepreneurs EDGE, a nonprofit economic development organization focused on innovation and entrepreneurship in Northeast Ohio, serves as administrator of...
* Note: "Scalerator" is a trademark of Dan Isenberg.
As the first Burton D. Morgan Fellow, Dr. Scott Shane conducted a series of pitch competitions (PITCH U) in 2015 at area universities as experiments to determine how to best teach entrepreneurs to pitch ideas. Dr. Shane's research addressed a number of questions, such as "What kind of training leads to a successful pitch?" and "Should training emphasize content or style?" Dr. Shane has designed and made available pedagogical materials to help teachers and instructors prepare aspiring entrepreneurs to more successfully present their venture ideas.
National Inventors Hall of Fame Evaluation Project
In 2017, Burton D. Morgan Foundation embarked on a collaborative evaluation project with long-time youth grantee, National Inventors Hall of Fame. National Inventors Hall of Fame partnered with Dr. John Falk, an internationally recognized expert on free-choice learning and a leader in STEM education, to study the effectiveness of its flagship summer program, Camp Invention.
Dr. Falk’s study found that participating in just one week of Camp Invention program resulted in statistically significant improvements in creativity, STEM interest, and the ability to use and apply problem-solving techniques.