Tagged: EntrepreneurshipEducation

The Flipped Entrepreneurship Teacher

Let’s “teach” entrepreneurship the way it’s actually done in the real world.

Let’s use self-directed learning, where students have to figure out what to do next rather than giving them a syllabus, assigning them homework, and telling them what to read.

Let’s use trade books and blogs written by entrepreneurs who share personal startup experiences rather than textbooks that propose academic concepts and theories backed up by third-person examples. Continue reading

Applications Now Open for The Junto Institute

Five months ago, I announced the launch of The Junto Institute. Today, I’m pleased to announce that applications are open for the second cohort, Junto II, which will consist of eight select startups and will run from September 2013 through June 2014.

The Junto Institute is a post-accelerator school that develops leadership capabilities, emotional intelligence, and management skills of startup founders. The curriculum integrates a peer-to-peer leadership forum, monthly business classes, leadership and management mentoring, and uniquely designed office hours. Continue reading

College Education Should Start with Entrepreneurship

In yesterday’s New York Times, op-ed columnist Thomas Friedman had a piece entitled, “Need a Job? Invent It“. It was a spot-on assertion that in a world where virtually any fact or piece of information is available online, “the capacity to innovate…and skills like critical thinking, communication and collaboration are far more important than academic knowledge.” Continue reading

The Flipped Classroom, Lean Startup and Entrepreneurship

Over the past couple years, I’ve slowly adopted the “flipped classroom“, moving away from using class time to present content and using homework for application of that content. I’ve incorporated video lectures, blogging, discussion forums, working on the startup and other pedagogies for students to learn content outside of class. Then, in class, we spend the time almost purely for interaction, activities, and exercises so students can extend the learning and learn from one another. Continue reading

why aren't we teaching bootstrapping

If Raising Capital Is Taught, Why Isn’t Bootstrapping?

Second in a series of posts on the state of entrepreneurship education.

OK, here’s the data from 2011:

  1. The number of startups in the U.S. was about 800,000.
  2. The number of angel investment deals was slightly over 66,000, roughly 8.25% of that.
  3. Approximately 4,000 venture capital deals were done, about one-half of one percent of the total.

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Let’s Up Our Game in the Startup Community

Last Friday, I presented at the annual conference of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization, on how lean startup, customer development, and business model canvases are disrupting the entrepreneurial process, Continue reading

Are entrepreneurs made or born?

How Relevant Are Today’s Entrepreneurship Programs & Curricula?

First in a series of posts on the state of entrepreneurship education.

The first entrepreneurship programs began forming in earnest during the 1970s. By the end of the following decade, over 1,000 undergraduate colleges offered courses in entrepreneurship, and business plan competitions began to emerge. In the 90s, the discipline became standard in most MBA programs and accredited undergraduate business schools.

In the last 10 years, Continue reading