20 Mar Get Smart(er): Taking stock of the best places for entrepreneurs to learn.
Entrepreneurs are known for gaining inspiration from unexpected sources. Some even get it from a lump of Play-Doh.
The Entrepreneur for a Day program that Springfield Technical Community College in Massachusetts brings to local elementary schools is about hands-on experience at its most tactile–and juvenile. As part of the program, kids team up to build a business based on items they design with molding clay. It’s the kind of experiential learning that so many entrepreneurship education programs are emphasizing to foster big ideas and big results.
From two- and four-year undergraduate programs, to post-grad and executive education courses, to one-off workshops and strongly pedigreed, high-end curricula, the common denominator for top-notch entrepreneurship education programs is firsthand experience–putting participants in the trenches to nurture an entrepreneurial idea from start to finish. There’s still room for conventional classroom lectures and textbooks, but today, the focus is on getting out and doing it with guidance from peers and experienced mentors.
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