In addition to being rich and wildly successful, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, and Kevin Rose all have something else in common: none of them graduated from college. Do these examples stand as proof that college isn’t something that entrepreneurs need to be concerned with?
Recent trends indicate that entrepreneurial education is gaining traction and entrepreneurs world over do not want to leave anything to chance. If you’re a business owner with most of your growth ahead of you, one place you may want to go to finance your expansion–as well as to learn how to manage it–is back to school.
In the U.S. about four in ten students want to start their own businesses, according to a poll released in January by Gallup—and schools want to deliver it. The number of colleges and universities that offer courses related to entrepreneurship has grown from a handful in the 1970s to over 1,600 today.
In order to exploit the talent in emerging markets that are witnessing an unprecedented wave of entrepreneurship, lessons on starting up need to be imparted. There is growing recognition that entrepreneurship can be learnt and should be taught.
Education for entrepreneurs in its current form and pedagogy may not work. Organizations teaching entrepreneurship need to work collaboratively to strengthen the ecosystem and maximize impact.