Clever Harvey is now the hub of ‘Junior MBA’
Clever Harvey has recently launched a unique junior MBA course for teenagers. This is an online learning platform that allows kids to understand the realm of business acumen. By teaching real-world skills to students, through case studies of similar companies like BigBasket, Amazon and Spotify, the Junior MBA bridges this void. The skills of research, problem-solving, critical thinking, persuasive communication and decision-making are learned by students.
The launch of an online Junior MBA for students aged 13 to 16 was announced by Clever Harvey, an educational initiative to help students bridge the gap between academic learning and the real world. The curriculum is intended to provide students with exposure to organisational positions that they do not otherwise recognize. For starters, what a lawyer or a doctor does can be easily identified by students. However, they do not know what the duties of a Chief Technology Officer, Chief Operating Officer of the Chief Innovation Officer are.
The service is distributed online for ten days, 1 hour a day. Students may engage in one of three courses: Chief Executive Officer (skills in entrepreneurship and decision-making), Chief Marketing Officer (data analysis and market positioning) or Chief Technology Officer (problem-solving with technology). Students build and present their own project at the end of the 10 days to an expert panel. Notable personalities such as Raghav Podar, Chairman of the Podar Education Company, Dr. Neeta Bali, Director of G D Goenka World School, and Sanjay Nath, Partner of Blume Ventures, have been hosting the programme so far.
“When I did my executive MBA at IIM-Bangalore, it was my first exposure to a lot of these business concepts. It has been amazing to see these 13 – 14 year olds pick them up so easily in our Junior MBA classes. It shows us how much students can learn if we take away the jargon and teach the underlying methods of thinking,” said Swapnil Ajmera – Business Head – Clever Harvey.
With the mission of helping all students build the abilities they need to excel in the 21st century, Clever Harvey was introduced. The team behind Clever Harvey includes alumni from the Ivy League and IIM, who have experience both in education and in the business world.
Understanding an Edtech Startup for MBA
The founders, Sriram and Madhu both had one thing in common – by the age of 25, they had both switched several careers. And having realised that it was becoming increasingly common to change professions or fields, the pair acknowledged that the move could be made simple with some basic skills such as critical thought, decision-making, flexibility, and an entrepreneurial mentality. They also found that while a number of career opportunities were not missing, most students were either completely ignorant or had little hope of knowing what these careers entailed.
The founders began the business initially by investing Rs 1 crore each. Later, they boosted the Education Catalyst Fund’s seed funding and are aiming to increase the Series-A round shortly. Clever Harvey has a suite of corporate tie-ups, and real-world ventures have been built to give students the ability to apply their skills and build a career portfolio. The momentum so far proves that even outside coding, there is a demand for learning. Clever Harvey is now extending its portfolio of offers to the Humanities/Arts students’ Junior Designer collection, consisting of a Junior Architect, Junior GameMaker and Junior GraphicDesigner.
Ram Subramanian thinks that young students aged 13-16 or 8-12 must have a sense of how the business world works. Subramanian, Clever Harvey’s co-founder, says that while schoolchildren in India are able to easily recognise, say, what a lawyer or a doctor or even an engineer does, they don’t really know what the functions of a chief technology officer or a chief innovation officer are.
How can such Edtech platforms help teachers and educators?
Teaching is not an easy task, and it is not made any easier by recent developments in education and culture. A century ago, you did a satisfactory job if you made sure to cover the curriculum according to pacing guides and best practices. But as the needs of students and the aspirations of society have grown, so have the demands put on the shoulders of teachers.
Today, teachers need to distinguish their teaching, use data-driven instructional methods, resolve the social and emotional difficulties of students, close gaps in achievement, and ensure that all students are prepared for the economy of the 21st century. Teachers can hardly imagine living up to these targets just by doing better and working harder. Technology can serve as a massive helping hand for teachers from every field.
First, by growing their educational importance or making them function more efficiently, technology improves the existing practices of teachers. For example, with audiovisual elements such as diagrams, images, and videos, projector slides will boost your lessons. Sites such as Google, Teachers Pay Teachers, and IBM Teacher Advisor will help you develop your lessons with more engaging, pedagogically sound, or aligned with expectations and student needs, resources and learning activities. YouTube instructional videos will boost the education in your classroom. By helping you bypass the copying space, Google Classroom will boost your workflow.
Second, technology will increase the capacity of teachers to incorporate new strategies that would otherwise be difficult to implement and sustain. In part, human history is a tale of emerging technologies that make possible new activities. These innovations extend how people generate the products of life, from the wheel to the steam engine to the supercomputer. Food, clothes, lodging, electricity, and entertainment are now much more affordable and available than they were only a few decades ago, since the limit of human production has been gradually moved by technology.
For teachers, technology may play a similar role by helping them maximise their time, attention, and resources in different ways.Is it possible to change how you teach? Oh, no. But for many educators who use technology to extend their range of teaching, looking back is not a choice. This move takes a lot of time, but eventually it encourages teachers to have more of the kinds of encounters with students that in the first place make them want to become teachers.