Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
Tellusthepoint is Olivia's first formal entrepreneurial experience. However, the following experiences are proving helpful to Tellusthpoint's success:
For four years throughout high school, Olivia participated in community service activities through Key Club, a service organization affiliated with Kiwanis International. This experience is helpful because Tellusthepoint's success will depend in part on students and other members of the community working together to link learning to real life.
During her final two years of high school, Olivia was captain of her basketball team at Upland High School. She also served for two years as the secretary of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club. These experiences will help Tellusthpoint's success because it taught Olivia about the challenges of working with others to achieve goals.
Programming & Data Analysis:
In addition to studying computer programming in high school and college, Olivia taught herself R, a data analysis language, and she designed the data analysis software that powers Tellusthepoint. Since Tellusthepoint does most of its work online using computer software, knowledge of programming is essential to its success. Data analysis skills are also essential because the data we gather from employers about how they use schoolwork are only useful if they can be analyzed and presented in a useful way to educators and students.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
During Tellusthepoint's beta testing, hundreds of employees from many local governments provided information and feedback to Tellusthepoint. We have also gotten feedback from educators. We believe that forming close relationships with local governments and local schools is central to our success because (1) local governments create and enforce laws that govern local employers so they have the power to influence the behavior of employers, and (2) most students will graduate and look for work close to where they live and went to school. Tellusthepoint enables local employers to share information with local schools so that students will graduate with the knowledge and skills employers need. When students have the knowledge and skill employers need they are more likely to find decent work, less likely to be poor, and local economies are more likely to experience economic growth.