As made clear at the recent Future of Entrepreneurship Education (FEE) Summit in
Washington, D.C., passion needs to be complemented by education.
2nd annual FEE Summit’s goal was to gather "top leaders from different
sectors of the entrepreneurship ecosystem (government, foundations,
education, corporations, media, entrepreneur support organizations, and
entrepreneurs)” to collaborate on helping "make entrepreneurship a
viable career pathway, and help solve the jobs crisis.”
At the conference, even successful entrepreneurs recognized
the value of education. Take Ryan Everson. He’s only 21, but has
already started (and sold) several successful businesses in Flint,
Michigan, his economically depressed hometown. After realizing he
"didn’t know everything,” Everson is now in college, studying auto
dealership marketing so he can join (and improve) the family business.
A decade older at 31, Robert Nicholson is a veteran serial
entrepreneur. He started at 18 when he moved out of his parent’s home
and bought a duplex that he partly rented out. From there he began
buying apartment buildings and launching businesses. Today he runs The Nicholson Center,
which provides services for developmentally disabled adults, and has
interests in several other companies, which together bring in more than
$2 million in revenues. Nicholson, too, believes there’s always more to
learn and is getting his MBA online from Babson College.
Obviously, Everson and Nicholson
believe in the value of entrepreneurial education. But what’s the best
way to teach entrepreneurship?