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Future US Entrepreneurs

This unique experience gives young entrepreneurs the opportunity to work with mentors and create their own business

Royal Credit Union’s Future US Entrepreneur (FUSE) 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.