Learn to Start Market-Ready Certification™

Serving the demands of 21st-century Markets

The future of jobs market for students entering kindergarten will look very different than the market graduates are entering now. Learn to Start Market-Ready Credentials have been engineered over a decade of learning, iterating, and executing, to ensure students are prepared with the employability skills necessary to enter, and add value to, emerging industries – both for today and the unpredictable future ahead.

Introducing IAMR™ Technology

Instructors can execute ongoing formative performance testing over time using a highly unique proctoring system inside their IAMR technology.

The Startup Studio has invented a transformative, comprehensive, and holistic system of formative assessment using our patent pending, proprietary IAMR technology, making submission and assessment of market-readiness seamless for both Learner and their LTS Instructors. 

Our IAMR technology connects the Learner and Instructor Platforms, allowing for transparency, constant iteration, and ongoing feedback, moving each student to market-readiness aligned to their rate of development over time.

Proof of Self Inside A Beautifully Designed Digital and Verifiable Portfolio

Using this transformative assessment system, paired with the Learn to Start model of development, we make it possible for students to discover what it truly means to become Market-Ready.

That means developing proof of skills that correlate directly to employability, free agency, and ultimately, earning power, and all represented inside a powerful and sharable digital portfolio.

Understanding the Learn to Start Transformative System of Assessment

Through the Learn to Start process students develop the skills and mindset to be competitive inside 21st-Century markets using our K-Market™ model of learning.

TWO STACKABLE MARKET-READY CREDENTIALS

A LEARN TO START MARKET-READY STUDENT SUBMITS STANDARD OF PROOF, OVER TIME, FOR 20 HIGHLY DEMANDED EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS

The Startup Studio created, implemented, and maintains the Learn to Start Model. It is through the LTS Model that participants gain access to the Market-Ready credential system.

Market-Ready Certification 1: Competitive Entry Level Employability

  • 1
    TIME MANAGEMENT
    The learner values their time and the time of others by efficiently balancing priorities to meet deadlines and expectations.
  • 2
    STRUCTURED PROBLEM SOLVING
    The learner utilizes the process of iterative solution creation.
  • 3
    PUBLIC SPEAKING
    The learner demonstrates their believability, credibility, and charisma to an audience.
  • 4
    ADAPTABILITY
    The learner embraces both failure and change as they approach their work and collaborates effectively with others.
  • 5
    LEARNING AGILITY
    The learner develops sustainable habits and takes advantage of opportunities to obtain knowledge and grow their skill base.
  • 6
    RESEARCH LITERACY
    The learner can discern between reliable and unreliable sources and consults and corroborates with a variety of sources when determining answers and taking actions.
  • 7
    COMPREHENSION
    The learner is able to clearly understand and process the information they are consuming.
  • 8
    INNOVATION
    The learner recognizes and deploys the power of creative thinking as they seek alternative solutions.
  • 9
    PROJECT MANAGEMENT
    The learner exercises leadership skills to construct and execute according to a timeline of actions to create a solution.
  • 10
    SELF-DISCIPLINE
    The learner is in control of their work habits and holds themself personally accountable for their actions and results as they lead themselves first.
  • 11
    RISK TAKING
    The learner takes advantage of opportunities despite the possibility of failure.
  • 12
    INFLUENCE & COLLABORATION
    The learner commands their own expertise and collaboratively works with others to achieve goals.
  • 13
    DIGITAL ETIQUETTE
    The learner understands appropriate behavior when engaging with digital mediums.
  • 14
    COMMUNICATION ACROSS MEDIUMS
    The learner expresses themself and their ideas in the context of specific mediums.
  • 15
    PROACTIVITY
    The learner is prone to action and leadership rather than reaction as they move to achieve their goals.

Market-Ready Certification 2: Competitive Project Management Employability/Self-Employment

  • 16
    DATA ANALYSIS
    The learner competently gathers relevant data and applies it to solution creation.
  • 17
    DIGITAL LITERACY
    The learner efficiently uses technology to search and evaluate data, and communicate value and execute on solutions.
  • 18
    CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
    The learner recognizes the importance of feedback and directly communicates with peers, team members, and mentors to resolve issues.
  • 19
    FINANCIAL LITERACY
    The learner makes evidence-based decisions concerning their personal and professional finances.
  • 20
    MODELING
    The learner creates processes for thinking and understanding solutions.

Solving for a Global Problem

Impact of the Worldwide Skills Gap

$ 6 trillion
Loss expected by 2030 due to the talent shortage and skills gap in the U.S. alone. (PWC)
54 %
L&D professionals who said that reskilling the current workforce to fill skills gaps is a priority now. (LinkedIn)
69 %
Organizations that are pursuing initiatives to address skills gaps amid a tightening labor market. (CompTIA)
67 %
Employers who report having trouble finding qualified talent due to skills gaps. (Monster)
36 %
Workers surveyed who believe their current skill set will become irrelevant by 2023. (Degreed)
24 %
Workers surveyed who feel supported by their organization's skill development opportunities. (MIT & Deloitte)

Source: Instride.com

Stacking the Learn to Start Market-Ready Certification Up Against Current Market Demanded Skills

According to Indeed.com’s Most Demanded Soft Skills in the Workplace 2020 Report

Skills Learn to Start
Communication
Adaptability
Team player
Detail-oriented
Problem-solving
Work-ethic
Creativity
Time-management
Interpersonal
Leadership

According to World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report: Top Skills 2025

Skills Learn to Start
Analytical thinking and innovation
Active learning and learning strategies
Complex problem-solving
Critical thinking and analysis
Creativity, originality and initiative
Leadership and social influence
Technology use, monitoring and control
Technology design and programming
Resilience, stress tolerance and flexibility
Reasoning, problem-solving and ideation

Looking Closer - Learn to Start outcomes Align Perfectly with Market Demands

Adobe’s In-demand skills you need to get hired in 2022

Skills Learn to Start
Data Science: Creativity, Time management, Proactivity, Project management, IT automation, Data analysis and statistics
Engineering: Strong, active communication, Adaptability, Creativity, Project management, Software development, Product management
User Experience: Adaptability, Compliance and self-discipline, Virtual presence etiquette, Writing, IT automation, AI
Workplace Diversity: Virtual presence etiquette (on virtual calls: Zoom, Teams, etc.), Conflict management, strong, active communication, Data analysis, AI, Video and audio production
Digital Content: Creativity, Proactivity, Time management, Project management, Graphic design, Data analysis and statistics
Business Development and Sales: Conflict management, Project management, Data analysis and statistics, Graphic design
Education: Strong, active communication, Creativity, Virtual presence etiquette, Data analysis and statistics, Project management, Graphic design
Mental Health: Creativity, Conflict management, Digital marketing, Sales, Project management
Professional Coaching: Strong, active communication, Conflict management, Project management, IT automation, AI

McKinsey Research’s 56 Foundational skills that will help citizens thrive in the future of work

Cognitive Skills Learn to Start
Critical thinking: Structured problem solving, Logical reasoning, Understanding biases,Seeking relevant information
Planning & ways of working: Work-plan development Time management and prioritization
Communication: Storytelling and public speaking, Asking the right questions, Synthesizing messages, Active listening
Mental Flexibility: Creativity and imagination, Translating knowledge to different contexts, Adopting a different perspective, Adaptability, Ability to learn
Self-leadership Skills Learn to Start
Self-awareness and self-management: Understanding own emotions and triggers, Self-control and regulation, Understanding own strengths, Integrity, Self-motivation and wellness, Self-confidence
Entrepreneurship: Courage and risk-taking, Driving change and innovation, Energy, passion and optimism, Breaking orthodoxies
Goals Achievement: Ownership and decisiveness, Achievement orientation, Grit and persistence, Coping with uncertainty, Self-development
Interpersonal Skills Learn to Start
Mobilizing Systems: Role modeling, win-win negotiations, crafting an inspiring vision, organizational awareness
Developing relationships: Empathy, Inspiring trust, Humility, Sociability
Teamwork Effectiveness: Fostering inclusiveness, Motivating different personalities, Resolving conflicts, Collaboration, Coaching, Empowering
Digital Skills Learn to Start
Digital fluency and citizenship: Digital literacy, Digital learning, Digital collaboration, Digital ethics
Software use and development: Programming literacy, Data analysis and statistics, Computational and algorithmic thinking
Understanding digital systems: Data literacy, Smart systems, Cybersecurity literacy, Tech translation and enablement

Developing Future-Proofed Students

According to Adobe's In Demand Skills 2022 Report: How to grow skills and get hired

Diversify Your Knowledge

Learn to Start builds a diversity of essential skills in students to ensure they are highly marketable, adaptable and prepared to function in unpredictable markets with a high level of agency.

Expand Your Hard and Soft Skills

Learn to Start allows students to identify their strengths and weaknesses and become intrinsically motivated to build portfolios that prove they have mastered both the soft and hard skills that are aligned with their passions, interests and capabilities.

Prepare While Getting an Education

Learn to Start has been invented to integrate directly into the current system of traditional K-20 education to ensure every student we serve is becoming aligned with 21st-century markets from day one. We call this K-Market™.

Ready Your Portfolio

Learn to Start students build powerful proof-of-self inside their sharable digital portfolio.

ATTAINING MARKET-READY CERTIFICATION

Learn to Start students are empowered to bring their issued certificates to the markets where they can claim real market-readiness with confidence. To attain certification a student must…

1
Step 1

Be enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary institution offering Learn to Start programming.

2
Step 2

For secondary, participate in a minimum of one year (150 hours) of Learn to Start instruction per certificate. For post-secondary, it varies by course, with a minimum of one semester (75 hours) of Learn to Start instruction per certificate.

3
Step 3

Be signed off by a certified Learn to Start Instructor inside their IAMR platform.

4
Step 4

Be reviewed, assessed, and certified by The Startup Studio for final issuance.

ATTAINING MARKET-READY CERTIFICATION

Learn to Start students are empowered to bring their issued certificates to the markets where they can claim real market-readiness with confidence. To attain certification a student must…

1
Step 1

Be enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary institution offering Learn to Start programming.

2
Step 2

For secondary, participate in a minimum of one year (150 hours) of Learn to Start instruction per certificate. For post-secondary, it varies by course, with a minimum of one semester (75 hours) of Learn to Start instruction per certificate.

3
Step 3

Be signed off by a certified Learn to Start Instructor inside their IAMR platform.

4
Step 4

Be reviewed, assessed, and certified by The Startup Studio for final issuance.

GOING BEYOND CERTIFICATION

THE NEW STANDARD IN CREDENTIAL VERIFICATION

Introducing Novae 360 – A Web 3.0 Skills Verification Blockchain Solution

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Market-Ready Skills Authenticated and Stored in the Blockchain

Novae 360 empowers industry to have the final say when it comes to endorsing students as market-ready using their web 3.0 blockchain solution.