Is it a magic sauce? What is it that makes an entrepreneur? Is it some sort of secret ingredient? Are people born with it or can it be learned? The great minds over at the Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative believe it is a mindset that can be adopted.
Gary Schoeniger and Mike Sutyak have been interviewing entrepreneurs throughout the United States to identify the elements of that mindset. Their goal is to create an online educational program that helps aspiring entrepreneurs develop the knowledge they’ll need to be successful in business.
It’s not enough to hang a shingle outside your door, or create a dynamic website. You have to embrace the mindset that so many successful entrepreneurs have.
Gary and Mike have already created the first foundational course and it is being offered through the Kauffman Foundation’s Entrepreneurship.org website. This course, Mindset: Tapping Your Entrepreneurial IQ, takes the student through the discovery process. With interviews and basics, the course is a unique mix of specific information and overview. They’ve really captured the ‘magic sauce’ of the entrepreneurial spirit.
Mike and Gary believe that the widespread growth of online learning has made possible a unique and scalable approach to entrepreneurship education. Multi-media online delivery now enables today’s most successful entrepreneurs to share their knowledge and experience in a powerful, engaging and cost-effective format.
Functioning as an “online textbook”, the ELI Entrepreneurship Program(s) are designed as a “blended” application that combines face-to-face classroom instruction with multi-media online content to create a powerful, effective and scalable approach to entrepreneurship education, giving learners and teachers an environment to learn and teach more effectively. The programs can also be offered as an individual self-directed online learning program.
Now, more than ever, entrepreneurship has become vital to creating sustainable economic growth, both at home and abroad and policymakers have begun to declare entrepreneurship education a leading imperative. The first program offered by the Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative, launched in 2008, was developed exclusively for The Cisco Entrepreneur Institute and is currently being distributed throughout Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asia. Their Mindset program is now being promoted through The Kauffman Foundation’s Entrepreneurship.org.
The vast majority of students (traditional and non-traditional) do not have access to the entrepreneurship education, training and resources that will adequately prepare them to start and grow a successful business.
The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (ELI) mission is to develop and market a new class of multi-media online education programs that enable participants to learn from the firsthand experience of today’s most successful entrepreneurs in an engaging format that is both cost effective and highly profitable.
The goal is to educate and encourage entrepreneurship at all levels. The ELI Entrepreneurship Programs offer a revolutionary application that provides the flexibility to combine face-to-face classroom instruction with the firsthand knowledge of successful entrepreneurs to create a powerful, effective and scalable approach to entrepreneurship education. The ELI programs offer learners and teachers an environment to learn and teach more effectively.
In addition to a variety of introductory, intermediate and advanced online learning programs, ELI will offer additional resources such as teacher training, individual and group coaching and mentoring programs.
Understanding the value of hearing it straight from the entrepreneur, Gary and Mike have created an entrepreneur video blog where people can find interviews of entrepreneurs. These hour long interviews have been distilled down to some golden nuggets of information and insight.
Gary Schoeniger and Mike Sutyak have captured the value of entrepreneurship as well as the importance of an education.
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About the Author: Diane Helbig is a Professional Coach and the president of Seize This Day Coaching. Diane is a Contributing Editor on COSE Mindspring, a resource website for small business owners, as well as a member of the Sales Experts Panel at Top Sales Experts.