MISSION TO PREPARE COLLEGE STUDENTS FOR STARTUPS
SỨ MỆNH CHUẨN BỊ CHO SINH VIÊN ĐẠI HỌC KHỞI NGHIỆP
“Entrepreneurs are anomalies; they don’t fit in, they may not be ‘book smart’,
but thrive if given an opportunity to utilize their people smart and risk-taking skills.”
Julian Young, Founder/Executive Director
The Start Center for Entrepreneurship 
In our time, infants in the cradle are already furnished with electronic devices and children are learning about the world beyond their reaches before they can even express themselves with words. Children today are being taught to be visionary, creative, productive, independent, and become leaders. It’s imperative to teach entrepreneurship as early as elementary school. Entrepreneurship teaches learners to have more grit, imagine the things that don’t exist, apply imagination into creative and identified challenges, and to generate unique solutions that lead to desirable products. To design an effective teaching method, entrepreneurship programs must be assessed and appraised accordingly in order for the needed system to be in place, e.g. the art and science of teaching entrepreneurship, empirical practicum programs, mentorship, incubator/accelerator, supportive financial sources, and ultimately collaboration with the ecosystem. To achieve the set goals, the faculty for the entrepreneurship program must be taught, not by a body of pure degreed and academic scholars, but rather must only be taught by successful entrepreneurs, who either created, bought, sold, or managed successful businesses with proven track records–teaching by doing, teaching by example.
Key words: Entrepreneurship Program; Incubator/Accelerator; Venture Capital; Successful Entrepreneurs.
Trong thời đại của chúng ta, trẻ sơ sinh trong nôi đã được trang bị với nhiều máy móc, phương tiện điện tử, khoa học, và trẻ em đang khám phá về thế giới vượt ngoài tầm với của chúng trước khi chúng có thể nói, trước khi chúng có thể diễn đạt bằng lời. Trẻ em ngày nay đang được dạy để có viễn kiến, sáng tạo, năng suất, độc lập và là những người lãnh đạo.
Giáo dục, đào tạo dạy khái niệm, ý thức kinh doanh ngay từ cấp tiểu học là điều tiên quyết. Tinh thần kinh doanh dạy cho người học có nhiều can đảm, gan dạ, quyết tâm hơn, tưởng tượng ra những thứ chưa hề hiện hữu, chưa hề có, áp dụng trí tưởng tượng vào những sáng tạo và thử thách xác định, để tạo ra các giải pháp độc đáo dẫn đến các sản phẩm mong muốn.
Để thiết kế một phương pháp giảng dạy hiệu quả, chương trình khởi nghiệp phải được đánh giá, thẩm định cho phù hợp, vì vậy phải có hệ thống thiết yếu, chẳng hạn như. . .nghệ thuật và khoa học giảng dạy kinh doanh, chương trình tập nghiệm, cố vấn, môi trường ươm tạo/tăng tốc, nguồn tài chính hỗ trợ, hợp tác với hệ kinh tế xã hội chung quanh.
Để đạt được các mục tiêu đã đề ra, giảng viên cho chương trình khởi nghiệp phải được dạy, không phải bằng một cơ chế thuần túy bằng cấp, học vì, hàn lâm, nhưng thực sự, chỉ phải được dạy bởi những doanh nhân thành đạt, người đã tạo ra, mua, bán và/hoặc đã quản lý doanh nghiệp thành công với chứng cứ hiển nhiên–dạy học bằng cách làm-thực dụng-thực tiễn–giảng dạy bằng gương thành công.
Từ khóa: Chương trình khởi nghiệp; vườn ươm/tăng tốc; đầu tư mạo hiểm, doanh nghiệp thành công
If colleges and universities, even Harvard, are not the most fit to educate and prepare students for startups such as Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Jack Ma (Alibaba), Pony Ma (Tencent), Steve Jobs (Apple), Bill Gates (Microsoft), Richard Branson (Virgin Group), etc., educational institutions must bear the burden to prepare aspiring learners to be entrepreneurs, startups, inventors, visionary leaders, skilled managers, and productive workers.
Are startups a necessary, approachable, implementable, and urgently needed utility for Vietnamese aspiring learners and the current socioeconomic system of Vietnam?
Yes, it’s an urgent need, implementable roadmap, and conceivable fruitful approach.
The current fierce trade war between the U.S./Trump administration and China/Xi has created an unpredictable economic future not only for both United State and China, but the entire global economic climate. Many American companies are, or planned, in whole or in part, moving their operations out of China.
On December 4, 2018, Sharp (Japan) cut 3,000 foreign staff, shifting work to a Chinese plant. United States has continuously outsourced to India or China most of its consumer products, including high tech manufacturing and call centers, while reciprocally imported skilled medical and IT workers from the region.
There is no doubt that Vietnamese labor force has proven to be industrious and hard-working, earning high respect for possessing reliable working attitudes along with many traits needed to be entrepreneurs.
Is Vietnam able to attract more contracts from foreign companies and be competitive against the Chinese labor market? There are six-prong challenges that Vietnam must face: 1) improving the quality of skilled laborers, 2) meeting specified deadlines, 3) regulatory compliance, 4) modernizing infrastructure, 5) fundraising, and 6) addressing the political climate. Even if Vietnam is able to meet these essential challenges, other questions may arise: Whether Vietnam can stand alone and directly contract with major international manufacturers such as Apple, Samsung, Toyota, etc., without going through third parties while competing with major international entities and conglomerates with humongous financial strength and international branding. These aspects force Vietnam to re-evaluate its economical ecosystem, its entrepreneurship, and startups from within.
To prepare a workforce and mass startups to attract more direct investments from foreign entities, Vietnam must first re-evaluate its education system and labor force training structure.
By definition, “entrepreneur” is generally known as a person who is capable and willing to create, develop, organize, and manage any business venture or enterprise, characterized by innovation with considerable initiative and risk-taking. .
Concisely, “entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity beyond resources controlled.” Professor Howard Stevenson, the professor emeritus of entrepreneurship studies at Harvard Business School .
There is no definite answer to be able to truly define what is entrepreneurship or who is an entrepreneur or otherwise. Therefore, to broadly understand the true meaning of “entrepreneurship”, twenty (20) company founders and business leaders have defined what attribute to being successful entrepreneurs: 
Traits are components of a person’s behavior which are presumed to derve as justifications of individual’s lasting personal characteristics. Entrepreneurs exhibit distinct traits which stand out amongst peers in a set of social norms, environments, and circumstances.
“There are people who love to sail the ocean or climb mountains, and more power to them—but it’s nowhere near as interesting as taking a technology nobody has heard of, finding a market for it and launching it to your customers. That’s satisfying [entrepreneur].” Stephen Spoonamore, founder of ABS Materials .
The most successful entrepreneurs are those who held themselves to the highest standards .
“If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.”
Stephen Spoonamore, further said, “The U.S. economy needs all kinds of entrepreneurs–from coders to clockmakers–in order to close its widening fiscal hole. But the relentless, seek-and-solve breed is our salvation. They are the ones forever craning their necks, addicted to “looking around corners” and “changing the world.” They–not lenders–are the real money multipliers: the ones who turn $1 of capital into $2, then $2 into $10, and $10 into $100. This is the true essence of entrepreneurship: Define, invest, build, repeat. “It’s just balls-out fun.”
Even prodigies still need to be coached, trained, and tutored to make their creations, performances, and intellectual/creative commodities marketable. Gifted entrepreneurs need various supports to make their ventures become reality. In academic settings, young students from first grade can be taught entrepreneurship. Many students from middle schools already exhibited significant entrepreneurial traits. Countless college students have already proven their entrepreneurial genius, e.g., Bill Gates, Steve Job, etc.
About fifty years ago (1969), Babson college was the pioneer in the field of entrepreneurship where learners were not trained to be workers or employees, but instead they were trained to be entrepreneurs, leaders, and decision makers–from the way they dress to the design of a business. Learners are taught indispensable entrepreneurial principles needed to run a successful business .
Faculty members should be ready to commit to the challenges required by the well-known entrepreneurship program from Babson. Every entrepreneurship course at Babson is taught by professors who have either started, sold, bought, managed, or ran successful businesses. Which means the terminal degrees earned, volumes of books written, nor prestigious professorship status acquired, would not sufficient to qualify you to teach entrepreneurship courses, unless one met the set criteria .
Entrepreneurship programs are not of a pure academic or theory field, but rather they develop from a down-to-earth, practical, and a realistic business sense. It’s a S.M.A.R.T. goals/objectives/concept, i.e., (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound) .
The term “glocal” is also used to express by congregating, joining the words “global” and “local” into the single word “glocal”. Glocalization is an emerging concept throughout the business world, first developed by the Japanese and now emerging throughout Western society. Glocalization refers to the practice of conducting business, according to global and local considerations and actualization .
The world market today has been known as flat and borderless – not limited by regional or nation territories where everyone has the same opportunity. Ideas can transmit from one continent to another within a fraction of a second. Billions of products have been ordered through Alibaba’s website every second, the merchandise being shipped around the world unceasingly. Entrepreneurs may think locally, but must act and work with global effect–among colleagues, partners, affiliates, and many times, challenging and adversarial competitors.
It is not only government and corporations that are acknowledging the importance of environmental issues, but also the education system. Government officials and school boards across the world are beginning to develop a new way of teaching. Globalization is now thought of as an important concept to understanding the world. “Certain schools believe it is important to discuss global issues as young as 5 years old. It is students who are our future, therefore understanding the concept of “think globally, act locally” is fundamental to our future” .
Think and act are the two essential equations of any strategic business plan. The lesson learned, China would not be able to be named and known as “manufacturer of the world” if its entrepreneurs, business leaders, policy makers had not thought globally. What they think are the consumption power, the consumers, the market, which ultimately become the target and end-users of their products. Think globally is to aim high; as W. Clement Stone said, “Aim to the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star”. To be a thriving entrepreneur, one must have a dream, not any dream, but a big, greatest dream; aiming to the unknown-not just taking the road less travelled, but must create a new path, new direction leading to a certain destination, the world no one ever lands on.
Thinking globally without a solid, realistic base has been just a wild dream; that’s the true meaning of act locally. That means, one must engage in tangible action plan, acquiring sufficient required elements for an entrepreneurial enterprise-Ideas, various essential resources: labor, facility, equipment/technology, finance, marketing, management, etc.
It’s no doubt that entrepreneurship has become essential to mainstream educational systems in the American higher as well as advanced education systems, particularly the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Among more than 2000 American university surveys showed some universities had already started incorporating entrepreneurship more than a half century ago, such as Babson College (Babson Park, Massachusetts), which began offering its entrepreneurship program in 1967. The survey, conducted by Princeton University using three-prong criteria to rank the entrepreneurship program outlined three points:
As Julian Young, Founder/Executive Director of “The Start Center for Entrepreneurship”, stated: “Entrepreneurs are anomalies; they don’t fit in; they may not be ‘book smart’”, educators for entrepreneurial programs, courses, workshops, and practicum should possess certain criteria to fit the entrepreneurial teaching philosophy, method, and model. They should have an attitude and mindset to approach entrepreneurial learners as critical thinkers, serious explorers, calculated risk-takers, and highly ambitious individuals rather than a cohort of conventional students. The most important criteria of entrepreneurial educators are observing and listening until educators themselves become learners, then the mission of teaching the entrepreneurial learners may yield fruitful results.
The philosophy of teaching entrepreneurship is a unique approach, where learners are actually the main actors, who demonstrate their imagination, creativity, ambition, and perspective. Teachers and trainers are those who acquired personal experience in their ventures from the real world, market, and consumers. They are there to observe, listen, coach, and actively engage in learners’ projects, rather than purely lecture, critic, or give grades. Above all, teachers at not there to make or break learners’ ambition or educational goals.
The mission and goal of educational institutions is to enrich learners with entrepreneurial skills, business, finance, product marketing, management, networking, and all other necessities support learners to succeed. On the other side, learners should learn to cultivate their creative and critical thinking, teamwork, collaboration, leadership skills, communication, market research and technology.
Entrepreneurial educators should contemplate the ideal mission of their calling to teach in order to cultivate learners’ a prosperous life and a dream come true as one thriving learned person once uttered, “My teacher is an engineer of the soul!”
The concept, programs, and courses are designed not only for students enrolling in undergraduate and graduate programs, but also the entrepreneurship spirit germinated from the first grade of elementary school. Some parents recognize the value and importance of the entrepreneurship and enroll their children in programs as early as five years old.
“The Elementary Entrepreneur”, a book written by Julian Alfaro, who introduces entrepreneurship to elementary school students and older. This book is about building confidence, listening to parents, persistence, and sales skills in order to make money as a kid.
All of my animations start with ideas, but what are the ideas? Ideas can spark a movement. Ideas are opportunities and innovation. Ideas truly are what makes the world go around. If it wasn’t for ideas, we wouldn’t be where we are now with technology, medicine, art, culture, and how we even live our lives.
At eight years old, I took my ideas and started my own business called Maya’s Ideas, and my nonprofit, Maya’s Ideas for the Planet. And I make eco-friendly clothing and accessories. I’m 13 now, and although I started my business in 2008, my artistic journey started way before then… Soon, my items began selling all over the world, and I had customers in Denmark, Italy, Australia, Canada and more… my business really started to take off. Then one day, Forbes magazine contacted me when I was 10 years old.” .
“Give the kids all the resources they need, give them a room to work in with their friends – Any kid can and will succeed given enough freedom and resources, then shut up and watch them blossom.” Keith W Henline.
The VentureLab’s Model and Curriculum are organized in the following stages:
Alongside required liberal art courses, undergraduate entrepreneurship curriculum would comprise of essential topics and courses such as:
The world market has unceasingly given birth to startups every day, therefore the entrepreneurial competition has become increasingly fierce. The cradles, incubators, and accelerators which geminated startups have faced unlimited challenges due to the constant demands of innovative approaches, greater ideas, better products, much more effective solutions. Financiers also create competitive clients who can substantiate and produce more desirable products, services, and outcomes for their financial funding, investments, and loans.
To be successful startups there must be joint efforts from various aspects, entities, and collaborators such as policy/law makers, educational institutions, established businesses, financial institutions, venture capitals, and market demands.
The Greatest Incubator – “Institute For Advanced Study”
The very name itself, “Institute For Advanced Study” is not an incubator, nor a conventional one. Its mission states: “The Institute for Advanced Study’s pursuit of knowledge for its own sake is the ultimate raison d’être. Speculative research, the kind that is fundamental to the advancement of human understanding of the world of nature and of humanity. . . like artistic creativity, it benefits from a special environment.”
Abraham Flexner, the founding Director of the Institute, wrote: “While practical benefits… Ventures into unknown territory inevitably involve an element of risk, and scientists and scholars are rarely motivated by the thought of an end product. Rather, they are moved by a creative curiosity that is the hallmark of academic inquiry.”.
Since 1930, this world class institute, “incubator”, one of the world’s leading centers for curiosity-driven basic research, has served as a model for protecting and promoting independent inquiry, underscoring the importance of academic freedom worldwide. It has made a tremendous impact to the world evidenced by their highest numbers of awards and accolades boasting thirty-three Nobel laureates, nine Abel prizes, thirty-nine Cole prizes, twenty Wolf prizes in mathematics and physics, and more than 6,000 former members having held positions of intellectual and scientific leadership throughout the academic world. Albert Einstein was one of its first professors who remained at the Institute until his death in 1955 .
The utmost important criteria of the Institute for Advanced Study, “Incubator”, is the freedom to imagine and think critically and creatively. There are no classrooms, no students, no writing assignments, no grades, no predetermined outcome or products, but rather a free-range canvas of open resources ready for the whim of its members. Highly selected members come from all over the world to pursue their ideas, creativities and dreams. They live, research, and associate with seasoned, gifted peers and professionals, who are there to support, observe, and listen. Above all, they are the irreplaceable network of geniuses, gifted scholars, inventors, and pioneering innovators. It’s not just a superior model for incubators, but it furthers the nurturing of others to explore the world in a universe that seemed incomprehensible.
Types of Services Incubators Provide
Many individual inventors, entrepreneurs, and startups may begin with a humble, simple and innovative idea, or ambition and a glimpse of the vision, but lack all essential resources, skills, experience, and networking. Business incubators have become a life saver that provides adequate space, financial resources, legal advice, accounting, technology, equipment, and an assortment of facilities and other resources. Beyond such necessities, incubators regularly organize seminars and professional presentations with governmental agencies and professional organizations. Entrepreneurs would be able to network with tenants at the same incubators for support and professional assistance .
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is a federal agency which aims to promote and support small businesses, from startup to financing, loan, training, counseling and incubation. Small Business Development Centers (SBMCs) and Women’s Business Canters are a network of centers established to promote, enhance and support the growth of the local economies and international trade ventures. Most importantly, the Entrepreneurship Education (OEE) was created to provide information, training and supporting for startups and entrepreneurs. One of the most valuable services is the “Counselors to American’s Small Business”, known as SCORE (www.SCORE.org) where all seasoned counselors are volunteers, dedicated to provide free and confidential advices to entrepreneurs, small business owners and operators.
In conjunction with the Small Business Administration (SBA), below is a short list of services which a typical incubator would provide :
The main mission of the business incubator, as its own meaning, is to nurture the innovative ideas, projects, or inventions that would not become a reality without a business incubator. The entrepreneur’s ideas would hopefully survive through the initial and developing phrases in order to become successful entrepreneurs and consequently create new enterprises, generate employment, promote technological progress, intellectual distribution, and contribute to the growth of the local, regional, national and international economies. The success of a local business incubator would be duplicated or expanded to different locality, distant territories and regions.
In the age of the internet, business incubators have connected with each other to simultaneously share their information and lessons learned to maximize the services they provide to other tenants and entrepreneurs by matching each individual entrepreneur’s expertise and needs. Most importantly, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence (AI) have become the trends in the near future to identify the resources of which each entrepreneur possesses, acquires, and is able to reciprocally exchange information to needed entities within the incubators .
International Business Innovation Association (InBIA)
For more than 30 years, InBIA, a global nonprofit organization, has supported entrepreneurial organizations. InBIA helps guide, mentor, and develop sustainable entrepreneurial support programs in every industry and demographic around the globe; to enrich the entire ecosystem by providing industry resources, education, events, and global programming to help its members better serve the needs of their unique communities and regions. Its mission further helps communities enable their entrepreneurs to transform their dreams into innovative businesses that make global prosperity a reality .
At the national level, the “National Business Incubation Association” (NBIA) is the world’s leading organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship. Each year, it provides thousands of professionals with information, education, advocacy and networking resources to bring excellence to the process of assisting early-stage companies. www.nbia.org .
Accelerators are comprised mostly of the same characteristics as Incubators except they are created, organized, managed, and funded by private entities such as corporations and individual investors. Secondly, the duration of accelerators is limited to as little as three to six months. To achieve the goal considering the time limitation, startups tend to be established with certain track records and verifiable operation metrics which would lead to desirable outcomes .
There are three major accelerators that attract the most competitive startups:
Techstars is a young American “accelerator”, founded in 2006, having offices around the world with more than 1000 companies in its program, and more than $9.6 billions US dollars in market capitalization. One of the most attractive business elements of Techstars is its written “Code of Conducts”, posted on its website, which comprises 25 articles, proudly telling the world their professional conducts and ethical operation. Entrepreneurs are not only succeeding with their great ideas, marvelous inventions, and wonderful products, but its values, in terms of ethics, compliance with the laws and customer services, are much more important to consumers’ trust and confidence than just tangible commodities bearing the trademarks of an entrepreneurial enterprise. 
MassChallenge is a young accelerator, founded in 2009 in Massachusetts by John Harthorne and Akhil Nigam, but operates globally, currently has several offices situated around the US. Mexico and Europe (Boston, Jerusalem, London, Geneva, Mexico City, Rhode Island). It has supported more than 1500 startups, with 3 billion dollars in funding and more than 80,000 staff/professional counselors/advisers. Almost all accelerators in the U.S. are for-profit, private companies except MassChallenge, which takes “no equity” from the startups. MassChallenge’s mission is to catalyze a startup renaissance by connecting entrepreneurs with the resources they need to launch and succeed immediately. It further envisions a creative and inspired society in which everyone recognizes that they can define their future and is empowered to maximize their impact. .
“To be a successful entrepreneur, one must not be a jack of all trades, perform all tasks, but rather, to be a business leader, who has mastered the tasks of hiring the right people, train them well, assign them the right job, at the right time, with the right tools, and pay them considerably well, they would run one’s venture wholeheartedly, successfully, and be loyal to one’s entrepreneurial venture without being asked.” Bernard Nguyên-Đăng
Words often become redundant and bright ideas become just wild imaginations without realistic approaches and strategic actionable plans. Therefore, the following are the initial proposed approaches and actions which could be attainable at various times and places with available resources and effective supports.
Proposed Realistic Approaches:
The mentioned proposed approaches/solutions are essential elements of changes–from a stagnate realm, languish mindset to a liberated world of entrepreneurial freedom–however, foreign language, particularly English which is the utmost important key for an entrepreneur to explore the world, universe, and above all to discover his/her very own gifted talents.
“To have another language is to possess a second soul”
“It’s not that Vietnamese learners don’t have entrepreneurial genes, they just need the grit to cultivate those genes in order to form successful and unrestricted entrepreneurs.” BND
 Julian Young, Start Center
 Entrepreneurship Definition
What is Entrepreneurship?
 Eisenmann, Thomas R. (2013), “Entrepreneurship: A Working Definition
 Babson College
S: Specific=Strategic and specific
A: Achievable=Attainable, ambitious, action=oriented
R: Relevant=Resourced, realistic, reasonable, resulted-based
T: Time-bound=Trackable, time-based, time limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive, timeframe, testable
When creating a S.M.A.R.T Objective, there is specific criteria one should follow.
 Think Globally–Act Locally
 Alfaro, Julian (2018), “The Elementary Entrepreneur
 Maya Penn-How to start your own business at 13 years old
 Wallace, Benjamin (2014), The Bitcoin Boy: 16-Year-Old Erik Finman Is in His Silicon Valley Prime
Youth Entrepreneurship Curriculum
 Institute For Advanced Study
 Business Incubator
 International Business Innovation Association (InBIA)
From http://www.nbia.org/resource_center/what_is/index.php, retrieved … Tenant firms of the NBIA member incubators exhibit a five-year success rate.
The mission of the Young Entrepreneurs Program is to promote entrepreneurship opportunities for young people, to create small businesses and enhance the local economy, to improve the community by empowering students as they transition into the workforce to achieve their financial and professional goals, and to provide the knowledge, resources and support necessary for their success.
Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship
The power of entrepreneurship education can change young people’s in your community. NFTE’s programs activate the entrepreneurial mindset, uniquely preparing students for careers in the innovation economy.
NFTE focuses our resources on serving under-resourced communities, with our programs geared towards middle-school and high-school students. Members of NFTE’s Entrepreneurial Teacher Corps use project-based activities and blended learning to make daily life in the classroom an experience students never forget.
Teaching Entrepreneurship [Stanford MBA program]
Practicing entrepreneurship skills while doing something impactful for others. . .the following skills that are critical elements of entrepreneurship education:
7 Important Things About Entrepreneurship They Didn’t Teach You in School
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McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship
Mission: The Mission of the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship is to help students improve their potential and advance society by developing an entrepreneurial and innovative mindset.
Vision: The vision of the Center is to be a global leader in entrepreneurship and innovation education and research.
Core Values: The faculty and staff of the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship embrace the following six core values:
The Fort Hays State University Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship
Our students are thoughtful, entrepreneurial leaders, both professionally and in their communities.
An organization continually innovating to improve the quality and strategic scope of its activities. Its own culture and activities are entrepreneurial. It provides entrepreneurship programming and curricular offerings to supplement both business and non-business degrees.
Academy Of Management
The most pressing entrepreneurship education questions of our time, such as:
Ten years ago, more than 5,000 entrepreneurship courses were being delivered at over 2,600 colleges and universities and more than 250 business plan competitions in the United States alone (Kauffman Foundation, 2006).
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The Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative
The Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative brings to life and deepens Duke’s enduring theme of knowledge in the service of society. We seek to make Duke an agent of transformation through an entrepreneurial spirit, generating innovations from the ideas that grow at the university and translating those innovations to positively impact individuals, communities, institutions, and societies. We seek to inspire and prepare all members of the university community for innovative leadership and to actively support and encourage the translation of knowledge in the service of society.
INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP: DRIVING THE MODERN-DAY MISSION OF A LAND-GRANT INSTITUTION”
The concept of discovery remains foundational in U.S. higher education. . we seek and instill new knowledge and understanding, and foster creativity and innovation, for society’s benefit. Now more than ever before, universities like Penn State and Stevens must focus intensely on discovery to drive meaningful change, actively encouraging and promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, and maximizing the positive effects of leading-edge research and technology.
Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship
NFTE’s mission is to activate the entrepreneurial mindset and build startup skills in youth from under-resourced communities to ensure their success and to create a more vibrant society. Research shows that the entrepreneurial mindset prepares young people for lifelong success. Equipped with the mindset, as well as with the business and academic skills that NFTE teaches, NFTE students are ready to thrive in the innovation economy no matter what path they choose.
In an innovation economy, there are no traditional paths to success. NFTE’s Entrepreneurship Pathway program begins with igniting students’ imagination and leads them through the process of activating their entrepreneurial mindset and creating their own business plan. The Pathway, which includes project-based learning entrepreneurship programs designed to take students through the stages of Awareness, Exposure, Expertise, and Application, is aligned to career academies, industry/academic certification, and transitions to higher education and workforce experiences for students.
Bizworld-Inspiring Children to Become the Architects of Their Futures
BizWorld.org is committed to enriching the quality of education and future prospects for under-served youth, promoting self-sufficiency, and assisting children in achieving their highest potential. According to our rigorous evaluation, over 97% of all classes that participate in our programs showed increased knowledge in business, entrepreneurship, and finance concepts. 98% of teachers surveyed agreed that the programs connect academic content to the real world. Before students reach the well documented “turning point” in middle school, we believe that we can empower them with innovative, real-world experiences. In doing so, we can disrupt the trajectory of the past and send children in a new direction that inspires them to achieve extraordinary things!
Youth Entrepreneurs-Business Brought To Life
Youth Entrepreneurs equips young people with the values and vision to pursue their dreams. We strive to change the mindsets of young people, so they believe in themselves and what they can accomplish. Our experiential education model instills entrepreneurial and economic principles built for prosperity. We inspire students to overcome barriers and seize opportunities for good.
The Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE)
The Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) is an innovation hub where the ideas, people, resources, and technology meet and create the future. . .individuals (learners) become better prepared to identify and act on opportunities to solve problems in any organization, or entrepreneurial endeavor.
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