is the standard for entrepreneurship education in the United States


The CEO Program teaches Creativity.Leadership.Encouragement


The CEO class meets for 90 minutes a day, Monday - Friday and is a year long. Typically, students receive 2 credits for their time in the program. 


A key part of the success enjoyed by the class is rooted in a Facilitator who challenges each individual student and can manage constant change in the classroom.


Funding comes from Business Partners, the Community Foundation and student projects.


The open to both junior and senior students from public and private high schools. The Midland Institute recommends a blind application process. Throughout the course students are provided with the opportunity to start their own business and showcase their work at an annual trade show.

The Classroom

The class meets in local businesses and changes locations throughout the year with 30-40 guest speakers. This helps the students from multiple school districts establish a common identity based on their CEO experience and a greater appreciation for their areas professional work environments.


CEO mentors help students immerse themselves in real life learning experiences with the opportunity to take risks, manage the results, and learn from the outcomes.

About Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship

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What is CEO?

Our local business community partners with area schools to create project-based experiences for students by providing funding, expertise, meeting space, business tours, and one-on-one mentoring.

Students visit area businesses, learn from guest speakers, participate in a class business, write business plans, and start and operate their own businesses. Business concepts learned through the experiential CEO class are critical; the 21st century skills of problem-solving, teamwork, self-motivation, responsibility, higher-order thinking, communication, and inquiry are at the heart of a student’s development throughout the course.

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