While most of the world (thanks in great part to the media) worries and frets about the future of our country and world economy, I stay highly optimistic.
I get to spend most of my working hours around entrepreneurs – the coolest and most energizing people on earth. You can’t help but be energized being around entrepreneurs – especially the next generation version of them.
Enter IMSA (Illinois Math and Science Academy). Past home to founders of companies like YouTube, OkCupid, Netscape and Paypal. It’s a high school that is consistently rated one of the best in the US and top 40 in the world. Needless to say to be that good, you have to be doing some pretty special things.
One of those really cool things at IMSA is the TALENT program. A place where entrepreneurially minded students can meet, learn and collaborate.
IMSA’s TALENT program is the first high school entrepreneurship program where the cornerstones of Entrepreneurial DNA and BOSI are being installed to build teams, design strategy and create business models.
We’re working together to build optimized teams (based on BOSI DNA) of students who will design the next-generation products and companies this semester and pitch those ideas at the end of the process. The results (I can assure you) will be nothing short of outstanding. Carl Heine and Jim Gerry who run the TALENT program at IMSA are two of the most passionate supporters of the entrepreneurial spirit in students – and it shows!
I can’t wait for the day when every high school in America (and around the world) has an authentic entrepreneurship program like IMSA’s TALENT program. Meanwhile, it’s going to be exciting to see what this next generation of entrepreneurs at IMSA have in store for us. I am confident they have game-changing innovation up their sleeves. Innovation that will solve major challenges and save money, time and even lives!
We’re excited to be a part of it and see what impact BOSI has on ensuring these innovations achieve their greatest market potential.
The best is yet to come.