But as Deron Triff of Changents pointed out in this Huffington Post piece
the bulk of next generation entrepreneurs aren’t necessarily coming out of formal training programs found in top business schools and through support networks like Ashoka
. Moving forward many may bypass formal training and funding networks altogether, forming their own collaborative ecosystems outside of the mainstream and generating startup capital directly through crowdfunding
and other means.
Which training & support models do you think will prove most effective and what are the pros and cons of each?
- Formal academic training tracks and business plan competitions offered at many business schools?
- Competitive seed funding programs providing training and/or mentoring like Echoing Green, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs program?
- Professional training programs like the Global Social Business Incubator (GSBI)?
- Self organizing groups like those found at the Hub or on Entrepreneur Commons?
- Online peer-to-peer support programs like Changemakers?
- Self made and self sufficient entrepreneurs?
- Cause engagement platforms like Koodooz which encourage social sector involvement at an early age?
- A combination of the above or others?
Please join Paul Lamb in the conversation by sharing your own thoughts on training the next generation of social entrepreneurs.