3 Startup Skills All STEAM Students Should Master. Host: Jarie Bolander, Engineer, Entrepreneur & Author

About this STEMCasts® episode:

Are you interested in starting your own company? Have you wondered how startups form and grow? 3 Startup Skills All STEAM Students Should Master in an introductory course that will teach you the three most important skills a new entrepreneur should master.

These are the skills that every single successful startup and entrepreneur had to master in order to thrive. There are many other startup skills that are important but creating a Minimum Viable Product (MVP), crafting a compelling story/narrative/pitch, and confirming product market fit are the ones that will determine if your idea is worth pursuing.

This course is especially targeted to STEAM students so that they can get a glimpse as to what its like to think like an entrepreneur. The skills taught will also be invaluable to the STEAM student that wants to evaluate whether or not a startup idea has merit.

Please signup by indicating your preference below. You will receive a notification with meeting details within 2-4 days. The webinar will be recorded with a focus on the speaker. There will be an additional 15 mins recording at the end for students who wish to be included in the final video. The student interaction video will be a mix of Q&A and audience feedback.

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Meet Your Instructor:

Jarie Bolander is an engineer by training and an entrepreneur by nature. He has over 20 years of experience bring innovative products to market. Some of them include Bluetooth, USB, RFID, Semiconductor DNA sequencing, and SaaS for Healthcare. Over the past three years, he has been a reluctant PR Maven at JSY PR & Marketing — a full-service PR & Marketing firm that specializes in professional athletes, startups, and non-profits.

Jarie has formed or been part of 6 startups in various management roles. He holds a MBA in Technology Management and a BS in Electrical Engineering. He is also inventor or co-inventor on over 10 patents and has published six books —

  • 8 Startup Dilemmas All Founders Will Face,
  • 7 PR Secrets All Founders Should Know,
  • The Entrepreneur Ethos,
  • Frustration Free Technical Management,
  • #ENDURANCE tweet — A Little Nudge to Keep You Going and Business Basics for Entrepreneurs.
    You can read his thoughts on management and entrepreneurship via his blog, The Daily MBA.

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What You’ll Learn:

  • Create a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) using your own experience
  • Craft a compelling story/narrative that gets attention
  • Confirm product-market fit with metrics and data.
  • Have an entrepreneur attitude even if you don’t want to start a company.


Target Audience

  • High school and college students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) that want to understand how startups form and grow.
  • Have an entrepreneur attitude even if you don’t want to start a company.


STEMCasts® Schedule:

  • Introduction/Objectives (5 min)
  • What is an MVP? (5 min)
  • Steps to create an MVP (5 min)
  • 3 parts of a story (5 min)
  • 5 commandments of story (5 min)
  • Crafting compelling narratives (10 min)
  • What is Product Market Fit? (5 min)
  • Simple ways to confirm product market fit (5 min)
  • Questions? (10 min)
  • Take-a-ways (5 min)


Prerequisites: High school or College STEAM student

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