Question of the Day: What percent of high school students want to start their own business?

Aug 27, 2018
Entrepreneurship, Question of the Day, Research, Current Events

Answer: 72% 


  • Do you want to start your own business? Why or why not?
  • Do you have any friends who have already started a business? Explain.
  • Do you think entrepreneurship ("starting a business") is something that you are born with or can be taught? 

Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.

Behind the numbers (Wall Street Journal)

A 2014 study from the consultancy Sparks & Honey found 72% of high-school students wanted to start a business and nearly a third of those age 16 to 19 volunteered their time. 


Give your students a taste of the entrepreneurial struggle with this NGPF Activity, Create A Business Idea

About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.