Original article published on the Mashauri education site

Introduction

Entrepreneurial education (EE) for university students has never been more important and we hope that our last article on the subject left you convinced of this. Here, we unpack some of the major challenges that universities face in delivering quality entrepreneurial education at scale; and then follow with two solutions that might help you address these issues.

To make this for easy reading, each of the sections has an infographic summarising the theme, followed by some text elaborating on that diagram. …


I need to start with a disclaimer: the last 6 years of my life have been focussed on developing Mashauri: an education platform for universities to enable them to offer their students an entrepreneurial education — so I may have a slight bias here. On the other hand, the research we have conducted and the experience gained, have done nothing to dissuade me from this — although we have received some negatives from certain quarters (see later).

This article lays out the benefits of entrepreneurial education from the perspective of the student, the university and the community and economy. We…


The achievement habit : how to be successful by solving the right problem through reframing.

Bernard Roth is the co-founder and academic director of Stanford University’s d.school. He recently presented at Stanford’s eCorner a talk called: reframing problems and getting honest. I was so struck by the importance of the talk for entrepreneurs (and non-entrepreneurs) that I thought I should summarise the key points in a blog, but also publish the talk itself (see below). Read the summary if you like, but the video is definitely worth watching.

From an entrepreneurial perspective, we face problems and challenges practically everyday. Although there seems to be a never-ending supply of support on the web or from experts…


Article 2 in the series. This one: when do startups fail (some facts)

1. Introduction

This and original article can be found at our site: http://Mashauri.org

This is the second article in the series: Its not OK, where we try and bust the myth that 80% of new ventures must fail and that this ratio is fine. Our claim is that this level of failure is far too high and we can learn from the mistakes of others as well as our own failures. This may be a little controversial, so hopefully it will spark debate!

NOTE: infographic at end of article.


This will be a controversial article, but I have reached the point where I feel I must go against the flow. I need to challenge the “common wisdom” of the industry experts and say “It’s not OK!”

I am referring to the commonly-held view that 80% (more or less depending on the research) of all new businesses must fail. I think it is time that someone said: “Bullshit! That does not HAVE to be the case.”

This revelation came to me while I was attending the first day of the South Summit in Madrid yesterday — the highly motivating and…


This article was written by Mashauri’s “sister company”: Genesis-Disrupt

  1. Introduction

“Disruption” is the buzzword at the moment, whether you are coding in a startup hackathon or attending a board meeting at a FTSE 100 Company.


A case study.

Introduction

I am always on the look out for good entrepreneurial stories as there is often much to be learned; so was pleased to find this one in the Financial Times this weekend. This article is also a pleasant change from the majority of startup stories we read about in the press and social media — this one is a genuine, sweat and toil, non-lean, real business — a butchery. Sure, I like the AirBnB, Uber, Slack funded-tech stories of young founders doing well too. If we did not have these, why would any of us enter the lottery that…


The Startup Strategy Canvas

Introduction

The first part of this article offers a new version of the business model canvas (called the “Startup Strategy Canvas”) incorporating the best ideas from Alex Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas and Ash Maurya’s Lean Canvas; with the addition/substitution of some new building blocks which we believe makes it slightly better for early stage startups — especially when used to test the elements of the model as proposed by the “lean startup” approach.

The second part demonstrates how you might use it in practice when moving from idea to paying customers using the same lean startup process.

We assume that…


Problem-solving is a key skill for anyone — but especially entrepreneurs. Bernard Roth is the co-founder and academic director of Stanford University’s d.school. He recently presented at Stanford’s eCorner a talk called: reframing problems and getting honest. I was so struck by the importance of the talk for entrepreneurs (and non-entrepreneurs) that I thought I should summarise the key points in a blog, but also publish the talk itself (see below). Read the summary if you like, but the video is definitely worth watching.

From an entrepreneurial perspective, we face problems and challenges practically everyday. Although there seems to be…


Sources of new business ideas

Frequently when I am giving lectures on entrepreneurship or networking with groups of would-be entrepreneurs, I am asked ”But where can I find a good business idea?”

Initially I was surprised that so many people started with a need to be an entrepreneur, rather than starting with a business idea; but now I realize it is quite common. So I decided that the next blog in our series should be about how to go about finding a business idea.

Finding the right idea for you is all about hitting your personal “sweet spot”. …

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