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Knowledge Matters is the leading provider of interactive, visually immersive business simulations for teaching a variety of CTE topics and classes (Restaurant, Retailing, Management, Personal Finance, Fashion, Hotel, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, and Sports & Entertainment).

Our mission is to allow people to demonstrate and develop the full breadth of their talents through rich, visual simulations. To find and create great leaders and thinkers from all walks of life, from all over the globe. To break down barriers to opportunity and achievement by letting people show what they can do.

Knowledge Matters has a long history of partnering with many Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs). We currently run annual Virtual Business Challenges in coordination with DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, and BPA.

Moving Financial Literacy Forward

Our Personal Finance simulation is the most popular personal finance/financial literacy curriculum used by teachers to engage digitally native students.

We built this interactive simulation so high school students can learn and understand the key financial issues that will impact them not only as high school students but throughout their lives.

As students control their own person in the Personal Finance simulation, students learn all the key personal finance topics: credit, taxes, investing, buying a car, etc.

In addition to our rich simulation that is used by thousands of high school students every year to learn financial literacy and personal finance, we regularly offer teachers additional teaching resources via our blog and podcast. For example, we created an in-depth guide for teachers last year to explain the stock market exuberance over Gamestop. We also offer teachers a comprehensive list of business movies and documentaries – ideal for their business classrooms and curriculum.

See what Knowledge Matters has in the Jump$tart Clearinghouse!

What’s New

Entrepreneurship is the backbone of American capitalism. Today’s high school students are fascinated by entrepreneurship via popular TV shows and celebrities who build entrepreneurial empires.

The latest Virtual Business simulation is Virtual Business – Entrepreneurship. Many students want to learn how to start their own businesses, and VB – Entrepreneurship guides them through the process of identifying a business, figuring out the best location, securing financing, and much, much more.

In addition, Knowledge Matters recently launched our second All-Access Virtual Business Scholarship Challenge. Twice a year, students who attend schools using our Virtual Business All-Access license have the opportunity to compete with students nationwide via our interactive simulations. The students with the best scores (most profitable business) after two weeks of online competitions win scholarship cash.

Connect With Knowledge Matters

You can connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and our podcast to learn more about our Virtual Business simulations as well as a variety of teacher resources.

Tweet this: “Listen to the High School Business and Personal Finance Teacher podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.”

High School Business and Personal Finance Teachers Podcast

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Friday Five

Coalition Corner

Nominations for this year’s Jump$tart Financial Literacy Awards are now open through October 15, 2021. Please visit our website for the nomination forms and specific criteria for honorees. More information will be coming soon regarding our April events.

Thank you to all the teachers who have applied for scholarships for the 2021 Jump$tart National Educator Conference.  We expect to announce scholarship recipients shortly after Labor Day. Some of you have asked about this year’s conference. We are pleased to report that at this time, our plans for an in-person event remain intact; while at the same time, we continue to monitor pandemic-related circumstances closely.

Monday, September 6, marks the start of Rosh Hashanah. “Shanah Tovah,” to you and yours, from all of us at Jump$tart.