At present our public libraries have been rendered mostly irrelevant. Aside from helping those without technology access and providing an after school safe haven for "lock key kids," their usefulness is limited. But it doesn't need to that way. Imagine libraries being a place where entrepreneurs and students could collaborate. Create "incubation pods" in libraries complete with technology and business support material ...more »
Bring the concept of Babson's entrepreneurship dorm, ETower, into the real world. Entrepreneurial cities need to allow entrepreneurs to live in incubators. Zoning laws typically only allow artists to live where they work. Launching out of an apartment is not as effective as launching out of an incubator, but it's an added expense. Young entrepreneurs, frequently fresh out of college with flexible living requirements, ...more »
Problem: Entrepreneurship is a local issue. Entrepreneurial culture needs to be instilled at the local level in order to increase awareness of entrepreneurial skills and building the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Solution: Put business incubators in historically depressed areas that do not have access to information.
Entrepreneurism is not something that can be learned in the classroom. It has to be learned in the field - actually doing it. Coordination between high school and college - and the local small business community would provide a "transition bridge" for young entrepreneurs to hone their skills. At the same time the program would provide needed energetic talent to help small business adapt to the future. StartUpAmerica ...more »