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Junior MBA Programme


The Junior MBA programme is a 12-week programme designed to deliver an MBA style curriculum to primary school students. The essence of the programme is to deliver MBA modules to students aged from 6-11 years old with four learning goals:

  • To encourage students to think critically
  • To provide basic financial literacy skills to students
  • To encourage collaboration among students
  • To provide students the opportunities to learn through talk and to talk in accordance with the Oracy Framework

The Junior MBA programme was the creation of its founding teacher, Navin Valrani, Arcadia Education’s award-winning CEO, who was not only educated in the finest business schools in the world but who has also successfully led a number of companies across a variety of industries.

Course Objectives


The programme is considered essential for students as it provides them not only with financial literacy skills but also the basic tools of entrepreneurship that will serve them well in the long run. Due to the discussion-based nature of the class, the programme gives students the ability to think critically and encourages collaboration, with the intention of preparing students for their academic and personal journey ahead.

Course Structure & Eligibility


The course is taught in a discussion-based format by the class teacher and supported by Mr. Valrani. In every lesson, students spend the first half discussing theory and the last of the lesson on real world applications. The programme also gives students the opportunity to interact with business leaders, visit companies and learn how to prepare and pitch a business plan in front of an engaged audience.

All Arcadia students from Year 3 through to Year 6 (ages 7-11) are required to take the course as part of their schedule during Term 1 of the academic year. Year 1 and Year 2 students (ages 5-7) have the option to take the programme as an elective choice in Arcadia’s Enrichment Learning Programme. Students over the age of 11 can take the course through Neoversity Learning Center in Al Furjan Pavillion.

Core Subjects


Based on a first year MBA programme, the course has been designed such that it is easily comprehensible for young students. The course delivery and level of complexity are tailored according to the age group being attended to. The core topics covered are:

  • Idea Generation
  • Company Formation
  • Social Impact
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • The Marketing Mix
  • Branding
  • Social Media (safeguarding concerns highlighted)
  • Preparing Pitch Decks
  • Presentation skills
  • Fund Raising through Friends and Family
  • Commercial and Islamic Banking
  • Venture Capital
  • Stock Market (including exposure to live trading!)
  • Crowdfunding (including investing in real ventures!)
  • Understanding Revenue and Expenses
  • Calculating Profit
  • Basics about Balance Sheets
  • Goodwill
  • Learning about the case study method

Year-End Project


The programme culminates with every student preparing and presenting an investment pitch around a business venture of their choice. Students must come up with a business idea, research it and develop a presentation around it that covers the idea, the application of Porter’s Five Forces and the Marketing Mix, the fundraising plan, the profitability projections and the social impact the venture can create. Students are encouraged to look beyond their learning in the programme while preparing their decks.

Once students complete their projects, they participate in a shark-tank style presentation in front of external investors and business leaders.



Assessments are a critical part of the programme. Students receive feedback on programme tasks and activities during lessons, on assignments and on their summative project. Below is a summary of the formative and summative assessments in the programme:

Formative Assessments
  • Reviewing marketing collateral for student business ideas
  • Analyzing student spreadsheet models for income statements and balance
  • Grading accounting assignments on revenue and expense calculations
Summative Assessment

The final presentation is graded against a rubric that covers the following areas:

  • Clarity of Business Idea
  • Chosen Company Name
  • Selected Team Composition
  • Fundraising methodology
  • Profit and Loss Statement analysis
  • Product Differentiation
  • Proposed Pricing Strategy
  • Location (Place) selection
  • Promotion Strategy
  • Social Impact of Business Idea
  • Presentation technique (assessed against the Oracy Framework)
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