Everyone has a point of view.Our last count put around 700 organisations in
the UK offering support to entrepreneurs.Accelerators, incubators, corporate labs, co-working spaces, on line and
off line education training programs, pitching competitions, structured and
unstructured mentor programs, early stage hands on investors, angel networks,
meetup groups. And so on.From The Palace
to your local council; there is probably a support network looking to help you.
So over the years with all this knowledge and learning
accumulating why do so few entrepreneurs’ pilot their startups to take-off? If we take everything into account I think we
must admit that no one really knows. But
in admitting this we have found an open and honest channel to start down.
There are of course smart balanced things you can do to
improve you chances of success:
Keep your energy up.
Have a plan.
Build a network of supporters and enthusiasts
who really give a shit.
Get a grip on the nuts and bolts.
Keep it relevant to your customers, your team.
Have others hold you accountable
out people who intelligently disagree with you.
I’ve been lucky enough to work with some amazing entrepreneurs
over the years, in my own entrepreneurial journey and thought SLP. I’ve learned that entrepreneurship has become trendy,
fashionable and as a result lots of people jump in, sometimes it works –
sometimes not, sometimes the second time around. We’ve had SLP fellows meet and become
co-founders, we’ve had fellows close their startups and become VCs going on to
invest in other fellows. For example
alum William McQuillian now a partner at
Frontline Ventures recently invested in classmate Rajeeb Dey’s second startup
learnerbly. We’ve had mentors invest in
fellows. SLP continues to grow as a vibrant, honest community of
world-class entrepreneurs. More
recently we’ve been asked to be the educational partner to the NHS’s own
clinical entrepreneur program – making a difference there has huge benefits.
Over the last 12 years (we’ve been in London for seven)
we’ve been developing our own style and approach to educating the next
generation of entrepreneurs. It’s very hands on, you will be expected to
deliver a class, actively contribute to the network, be honest, supportive and responsive. We’ll ask a lot and we believe that it will develop
you as an entrepreneur, a global citizen and improve your own chances of
success – however you will measure it.
It's not for everyone.But that's not you anyway, right?