IEE and the Future of Entrepreneurial EducationIn my view, IEE may fill a gap that exists today between the two main ways of getting a startup education today: (1) business schools—I.e. going through a formal MBA program, and (2) attending a typical incubator or accelerator program. The former tends to be long and heavy on theory (and—sometimes—too many old case studies that do not reflect current business and technology realities). The latter is very short (usually 3 months), relatively narrow and very practical. IEE has some common characteristics with the emerging “co-working space,” where entrepreneurs can learn from each other, but IEE has a much more formal and wide-ranging education and learning program (usually missing in co-working spaces).
The IEE program and activity list of topics and issues, noted in the bullets above, include a range of important aspects of not only launching and running a business, but also emphasize a range of learning elements as a key aspect that will help ensure budding entrepreneurs know how to best leverage and benefit from a vast range of resources available to them (as their business challenges vary over time), so they can build purpose-driven business ecosystem (for more on this topic, please see https://amzn.to/36T2QOe). This broader IEE approach, and its innovative and action-oriented learning elements (like EDUMining, EDUJam and EDUhack), are activities and processes that Ingerlil Teute (the Danish project partner of IEE) and Educraftor have used in many of their past projects, and I am glad to see them now incorporated into the formal entrepreneurial education program of IEE.
Locating the first IEE program and cohort in Denmark, and being hosted by Millcamp, will have numerous advantages, especially in terms of building strong personal relationships between the learners likely to come from different parts of the world, and represent a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Living together and being part of teams that solve business and technology problems together, will likely result in valuable business and personal learning experiences. Over time, I suspect that numerous subsequent cohorts, both in Denmark, and likely in many other parts of the EU (and perhaps beyond), where future programs will be located, will create a valuable alumni network that should become a valuable business and learning resource for current future IEE students.
I expect the IEE leadership team will also bring a large number of knowledgeable and experienced guest speakers, coaches and facilitators and other volunteers who will also become important future resources for IEE students now and in the future. Since I know that both Peter and Juhani have intimate knowledge of the principles of Purpose-Driven Business Ecosystems, as laid out in the book by Kim Robert Wilson, I am sure IEE students will learn these principles and use them in building successful and global businesses.