On the July 24 episode of the Business is ART podcast, the guest was Travis Pine, President/CEO of Lone Pine Holdings LLC and President/CEO of his new startup, Solstice Innovations, Inc. an insurance technology company that Travis is just now beginning to stand-up.
Early in the podcast, Travis noted that he caught the entrepreneurial bug at an early age, perhaps influenced by his father, who owned several restaurants at the time.
Our unscientific observation is that Travis represents the majority of entrepreneurs. They started a business as a child or worked in a family business growing up. Many guests on the podcast have said that their parents even encouraged them to start businesses as children – like other parents might encourage their kids to play soccer or take art lessons.
(Listen to the podcast The Life of a Startup and What You Need to Know)
“Entrepreneur” isn’t limited to startup founders/owners
The word “entrepreneur” as used here is not meant to be exclusive to someone who starts her/his own business. Many operate in their professional lives with an entrepreneurial spirit without having any legal or financial ownership in the company or organization.
Some, podcast guests only half-jokingly referred to entrepreneurship as an incurable disease contracted. If most contract it at an early age, shouldn’t it be a priority for educational institutions, government, and employers to teach entrepreneurship at an early age.
In fact, many colleges and universities have already or are moving in that direction.
The best entrepreneur programs according the U.S. News & World Report
According to U.S. News & World Report, the top ten undergraduate entrepreneur programs are at:
- Babson College, MA
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Indiana University
- University of California
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Southern California
- University of Texas
- University of North Carolina
- Saint Louis University
- University of Arizona
Meanwhile, high schools are catching the entrepreneurial bug as well by offering programs specifically tailored to the aspiring entrepreneur, and some colleges are recommending specific classes that high schoolers take to better prepare them for collegiate entrepreneur programs.
Numerous private and non-profit programs have also joined the trend. Inc. has posted an article entitled These Nine Organizations are Turning Kids into Entrepreneurs using “startup thinking” as a way to “change how kids learn.”
The movement is real
The movement is real and the Plan Canvas team is proud to be a part of it. Please contact us to learn how we can help support your entrepreneur program.