Entrepreneur board game

A unique board game designed specifically for gaining business ownership skills in a fun, educational context. Also includes optional accounting activities.

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About

The GoVenture Entrepreneur Board Game combines the best of your favorite board games into a business context where you run your own business and compete, collaborate, and negotiate with other players.

Game play is designed to recreate the real-life thrills and challenges of entrepreneurship in a fun and educational social learning experience.

Activities are expertly designed to enable you to experience the true challenges of entrepreneurship, Meanwhile at the same time, provide an engaging and experiential group learning opportunity.

Unlike books, courses, seminars, or common "opoly" style business games, GoVenture brings learning to life. The board game format enables a type of group learning which may be difficult to capture using role-playing exercises or software-based business simulations.

Activities include:

  • Buying, Pricing, and Selling Products (called "Gwidgets")

  • Managing Employees

  • Paying Expenses

  • Managing Cash Flow

  • Investing in Product Quality and Marketing (Brand)

  • Negotiating with other players

  • Interacting with other players through question and answer, drawing, charades, trivia, word puzzles, and more!

  • Balancing work and life

  • Evaluating Success by Calculating Equity

  • Preparation of Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss statements (optional)

  • Accounting General Journal and General Ledger (optional)

... and much more!

For ages 12 to adult, middle school to
post-secondary.

Board Game Contents

Each board game can be played by 2 to 6 players, each with their own business, or up to 12 players in teams. Each game includes spinner, money, playing cards, sand timer, and playing pieces.

Home Version

Includes one board game.

Educational Version

Includes one board game and the following additional items:

  • Experiencing Entrepreneurship Book: A 50-page book (spiral-bound) that outlines the basics every aspiring entrepreneur, young and old, needs to know in an easy-to-read, summary format.
     

  • Education Bundle: Instructor Guide, Learning Guides and Activities — Student and Instructor editions, Test Bank.
     

  • 1-SEAT School license of GoVenture Lemonade Stand (original version) — an easy and fun educational software game for all ages.

Why the GoVenture Board Game is so unique

Fun and educational
GoVenture is expertly designed to be both fun and educational. Every activity is carefully selected to provide a specific learning outcome, while not compromising the entertainment value of the overall experience.

Variety
Many board games have players doing the same activity repeatedly. GoVenture merges activities from popular games so players have a variety that keeps interest level high. In any single session you'll be required to act out subjects as you would with Charades, solve word puzzles, answer trivia questions, draw, solve definitions, and answer riddles.

No waiting
In GoVenture every player participates in every turn. Players remain engaged in the game because they don't find themselves "waiting for their turn."

Collaborative
Unlike many board games which require minimal interaction between players, GoVenture constantly has players interacting, collaborating, and competing. This approach leverages the benefits of group dynamics to create a positive social learning experience.

Positive competition

Many board games encourage zero-sum competition, meaning each player wants to win while hoping others lose. Competition can be healthy and motivating, but it can also create negative feelings if not structured carefully. In GoVenture, players want to win, but instead of hoping others lose, they are encouraged to want everyone to succeed. This approach uses the positive benefits of competition while eliminating the negative social consequences.

Everyone feels good

Unlike many games which may leave some players feeling inadequate, GoVenture is designed to make players feel good about the game and themselves. While it is possible to go bankrupt, the experience itself remains positive and provides the opportunity to continually improve.

Easy to play but has depth

Many board games have to compromise between ease of play and strategy. GoVenture is designed to be quick and easy to play, yet have a high level of long term and repeat playability. Startup instructions are very brief, as are the entire game instructions. Many Challenge cards are designed to be open ended, with no specific answer, so they can be played repeatedly. Game play and strategy reveals itself as you play so players increasingly focus on different aspects of the game the longer they play.

For youth and adults

Many board games tend to be focused on a specific age group. GoVenture is designed to be playable for ages 12 to adult, including mixed ages and experience levels.

Learning Outcomes

Gain knowledge and skills in entrepreneurship, business, finance, marketing, communication (verbal and non-verbal), observation, negotiation, planning, economics, critical thinking, analysis, decision-making, mental arithmetic, and more!

View SUMMARY list of learning outcomes

Lower game board

The game board represents one calendar month, divided into four weeks. All players participate in every turn. Each week, players experience a business activity, challenge, and compete for customers. At the end of each month, players calculate their Success. They can optionally complete accounting worksheets, including Balance Sheet, Profit-and-Loss Statement, General Ledger, and General Journal.

Upper game board

Chips (not shown) are used to mark each business's Price, Quality, Brand, number of Employees, and the entrepreneur's Lifestyle. Each business can choose its own strategy by setting product price, and investing in quality and marketing. For example, a business can choose to be a low-cost, low-quality supplier, while another can choose to be a high-cost, high-quality supplier — or somewhere in between. A business can change its strategy as the game progresses, choosing to fill a gap in the market or to directly challenge other competitors.

Game Instructions
Video Tutorial

VIDEO DEMO

Video Tutorial

VIDEO TUTORIAL

Education Bundle Resources

Education Bundle Resources are included in Adobe PDF format with your product purchase (certain licenses excluded). Click the PRICES tab for details.

View samples of these resources

Adobe PDF (5.2MB)

Learning Guides & Activities

Instructor & Student Editions

Lesson plans and activities designed to bring business basics alive in the classroom.

Test Bank

A selection of objective questions which can be used to create tests.

Experiencing Entrepreneurship

An Illustrated Introduction to Entrepreneurship

A 50-page book (spiral-bound) that outlines the basics every aspiring entrepreneur needs to know in an easy-to-read, summary format.  See the table of contents.

Performance Report

Students calculate business equity to determine winner. At the instructor's option, students may also complete Balance Sheet, Profit-and-Loss Statement, Accounting Journal, and Accounting Ledger (see Game and Accounting Sheets under Free Resources). Learning Guides and Activities may also be used for student evaluation.

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