Entrepreneurship is of pivotal importance to our economy; the school pupils of today are the entrepreneurs and business leaders of tomorrow. This is why we took the opportunity to host, alongside Cobra Beer, an ‘Entrepreneurship in Education Summit’ at the House of Lords. We had the immense pleasure of welcoming Lord Young, the Prime Minister’s Enterprise adviser, to speak about the latest entrepreneurial initiatives put forward by the government and to share his thoughts on how to foster an entrepreneurial ethos amongst young people.
The event was attended by a diverse group of successful entrepreneurs who have now become esteemed business leaders and Lord Young’s speech sparked lively discussion amongst them, each taking the opportunity to share their suggestions of how entrepreneurship could be promoted to the next generation through education. Ideas for initiatives were wide ranging from ensuring that more entrepreneurs become school governors and have seats on the governing panels of higher education colleges to introducing excellence awards that award children for succeeding outside of academia and particularly in business.
Shalini Khemka, CEO of E2Exchange, commented: “Putting entrepreneurship at the heart of UK education is absolutely vital to ensuring that future generations nurture and foster a new wave of bright, creative, determined entrepreneurs who can light up the economy and drive us forward to renewed prosperity and success.”