Thoughts on Entrepreneurial Education
*Disclaimer* These are my thoughts and of course are always open to debate, questions and welcoming of input and advice.
Entrepreneurship should be complimentary to academic exploration not standalone and Academic exploration should be complimentary to Entrepreneurship not stand alone
What is Entrepreneurship Education, or rather what it should be?
It is laying the foundation for students to have the Entrepreneurial Spirit ; storytelling, ability to speak in populated settings, sell themselves, hustle, motivation, a consultative approach to concepts, idea generation, branding, marketing , social media presences etc...The by-product is the business but should be a very important by-product.
Entrepreneurship can't just be about revenue models, investments and marketing plans (although all are integral to its success). If it is only about that they will frankly crash and burn. It has to be about learning from failure and applying lessons learned in the Lab, creative writing session or group interaction to name a few if it wants to succeed at a large and culturally accepted scale.
"Entrepreneurship with Impact"
For all students the product should be the spirit not "entrepreneurship." The same skills are needed to start a company that are needed to tackle a corporate job, brew coffee, play an instrument, serve in the military, opening of ones work in an art gallery, release of ones novel. teach ..etc.... The goal should then be to chase down incredible ideas to make an impact and money along the way if that so happens.
What really excites me is the idea that a student can go form Idea to Execution all in house! Regardless of what that idea is. That everything we do everyday compliments each others work. That we can work together using our skills to help every student succeed.
That is the true meaning behind Entrepreneurial Education and thus ACADEMIC EXPLORATION AND ENTREPRENEURIAL MENTORING MUST BE COMPLIMENTARY NOT COMPARTMENTALIZED.