FUSE® - Future US Entrepreneurs®
This unique experience gives young entrepreneurs the opportunity to work with mentors and create their own business
Royal Credit Union’s FUSE - Future US Entrepreneur program was developed by the financial education and business lending teams as a way for middle school students to get real-world business experience. Four weeks of classroom sessions help students learn what it takes to start a business from the ground up. Students work with a Royal mentor to develop their own ideas for a small business and submit a business proposal to a panel of judges and an audience.
Prizes are awarded to the top-performing students. The program concludes with a follow-up session that includes feedback on proposals, presentations, and future planning. The program started in 2015 and was piloted at DeLong Middle School. The program was awarded a 2015 Wisconsin Governor’s Award for Financial Literacy.