Ortus Academy provides financial intelligence education to a generation is not introduced to money knowledge or experience before being thrown into the real world, and the education they do receive doesn't afford them the tools to be financially independent. At Ortus Academy (OA), our goal is to equip students with the power to apply financial concepts to real world situations. We are solving the problem of inadequate education in the realm of financial intelligence. We refrain from the term 'financial literacy,' as money has an emotional and behavioral component that is often irrational. ‘Literacy’ doesn’t go far enough. We educate students to avoid money pitfalls that are so common with being a young adult. Understanding the positives and negatives of credit, debt, home ownership, and investing in education are some of the lessons we facilitate to foster a shift in money mindsets and attitudes. When students leave the Ortus Academy program, they will not just be financially litera...
Ortus Academy provides financial intelligence education to a generation is not introduced to money knowledge or experience before being thrown into the real world, and the education they do receive doesn't afford them the tools to be financially independent. At Ortus Academy (OA), our goal is to equip students with the power to apply financial concepts to real world situations. We are solving the problem of inadequate education in the realm of financial intelligence. We refrain from the term 'financial literacy,' as money has an emotional and behavioral component that is often irrational. ‘Literacy’ doesn’t go far enough. We educate students to avoid money pitfalls that are so common with being a young adult. Understanding the positives and negatives of credit, debt, home ownership, and investing in education are some of the lessons we facilitate to foster a shift in money mindsets and attitudes. When students leave the Ortus Academy program, they will not just be financially literate, but will be financially intelligent.
Ortus utilizes the framework of Bloom’s Taxonomy to help conceptualize the higher learning, which is the desired outcome. The framework, in the model of a pyramid, has the ability to recall basic facts and remembrance as the bottom level. The pyramid builds upward to understanding, application, analysis, evaluation and creation. NumisMatters, the proprietary, dynamic game we built, is the foundational experience of Ortus and the foundational experience which starts with application of the knowledge they have already gathered in life. and ends with analysis and evaluation. Ultimately, through continued engagement, we hope to inspire an ability to use the powers of analysis and application to creation.

Opened in June 2015, launched in April 2016, Ortus Academy has operated as a non-profit, but is now closing in on growth opportunity and in an effort to solve the problem at a bigger scale, has opened a for-profit venture - something we call for-purpose internally. You’ll find in the application ahead a mention of both while we are in transition. We expect to maintain both, but are focused on raising funding to develop a bigger platform of impact, whichever business form or model that requires.
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Aaron Velky
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