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Potomac’s Economics, Finance, Entrepreneurship, & Business Concentration (EFEB)The Economics, Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Business concentration is designed to provide interested students an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of economic and business issues through coursework, individual research, and/or hands-on experience. Rising juniors with a demonstrated interest in and a passion for exploring business through the lens of economics and entrepreneurship can enroll using an expression of interest form.

Students enrolled in EFEB take a minimum of three semester electives, at least one of which must be taken junior year.

Course list:

  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Why are Poor Countries Poor?
  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • GOA: Introduction to Investments
  • Economics, Business, & Finance
  • Speech That Matters
  • GOA: Personal Finance
  • GOA: Entrepreneurship in a Global Context
  • GOA: Game Theory
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Data Analysis and Probability

In addition to coursework completed during the school year, EFEB students undertake four weeks of summer work following junior year. They have two options:

1) a research project with a designated mentor; or
2) an approved practicum involving (a) a business internship, (b) work experience, or (c) volunteer work.

The culmination of their participation in EFEB is a Senior Capstone Project, which is completed during May of senior year and which relates to the themes explored in EFEB coursework and/or summer experience. Students present their capstone project at a showcase exhibition with invited guests in early June.


What do sharks, incubators, seed money, and design thinking have in common? They can all be found on Potomac’s campus in the popular Upper School elective Entrepreneurship and Innovation! The interdisciplinary, inquiry-based class is taught by Director of Public Speaking Harry Strong and Director of Technology and Innovation Sean Developing an Entrepreneurial Spirit Moran, who introduce the students to the fundamentals of design thinking, project management, financial modeling, prototyping, and marketing.

Ready the Full Story

With the Economics, Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Business (EFEB) concentration program in its second year, we’re checking in to learn about highlights from the pilot year – which connected participants to various members of our community. Through coursework, hands-on experiences, and individual research, EFEB students can gain a profound understanding of the business world while preparing themselves for future success. Learn how year one went, read student reflections, and if you would be interested in sponsoring a four-week internship in the summer of 2024, please email Dyana Conroy to discuss further.

The Economics, Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Business (EFEB) Concentration hosted its final outside speaker of the school year with a visit by Potomac parent and Infrastructure Finance Specialist at the World Bank, Philip Lam. In his talk about International Development/Infrastructure, Mr. Lam explored infrastructure – telecom, water, roads, and energy – through a variety of different data indicators. He discussed the benefits and challenges of infrastructure development and discussed specific improvement projects that he was involved in, including a wind farm in Mongolia and a water project in Angola. Mr. Lam offered our Upper School students a unique global perspective on infrastructure development.

The Economics, Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Business concentration hosted its third speaker on Tuesday, February 28. Robby Moser, CEO of Clark Construction, delivered a talk on the theme of innovation. In a very engaging and interactive presentation, Mr. Moser discussed the fundamental factors for business success, from having a quality product to a "super talented team," and highlighted how innovation creates a variety of opportunities. He also said that a culture of innovation requires a deliberate and systematic approach, in which innovation is seen as the responsibility of every team member. Students asked several questions, from what it takes to be successful in business ("say yes!") to what the typical day of a CEO looks like (every day is different). This coming summer, a few students in the EFEB concentration will have the opportunity to do an internship at Clark Construction and learn firsthand about the business.