Continuing education for entrepreneurs: Training for the IT StartUp?

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In einer Article series on Best of HR –® have been pointed to the lack of German founding culture. The main reason: unlike in the US, entrepreneurship in Germany is not firmly anchored in teaching and research. For other professions, there have long been training and further education, so why not for business start-ups?


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A start-up training is urgently needed

Every year, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor investigates the founding conditions in 42 countries worldwide and always comes back to the same conclusion: the founding culture in Germany is rather, say, modest.

Above all, the experts interviewed by GEM criticize the excessive regulatory anger of the state, the poor start-up education and finally the negative social attitude to founding.

Germany leaves important initiative to private provider

46,5 percent of the surveyed 18 to 64 year-olds would let the step into self-employment completely for fear - it could go wrong.

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Apart from the very young, the differences to countries like England, the Netherlands, Australia or, above all, the USA, where 79 percent could not be stopped by fears of reasons, are huge.

USA: Strong culture of independence

For overseas there is, in contrast to Germany, a distinctive culture of self-employment. Entrepreneurship has long since established itself as an independent economic science discipline and is pursued on a broad front in teaching and research.

Thus, Americans are already learning very early on what it means to be entrepreneurial and self-responsible with their own resources. This also includes continuing a defeat.

Germany: No training for start-ups

In Germany, on the other hand, economics education has so far been less geared towards entrepreneurship and more towards management tasks in hierarchically structured large corporations, as Reinhard Schulte stated in 2006 in the “Journal for Social Sciences and Their Didactics”.

A gradual change comes from private hands. A large communications corporation and an internationally active further education provider have jointly launched an initiative to make young entrepreneurs fit for the internet economy.

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What is the offer?

The Group is in this case Deutsche Telekom, the educational institution is called General Assembly and comes from the field of technology, design and business management. Its focus is on founders and startups based in New York and London, as well as an extensive online offering. The Company offers monthly 30 through 50 courses.

The prices are comparatively moderate: An hour and a half course can be booked on the US website from 30 US dollars, but there are also four-hour courses for 150 US dollars.

Practical skills for success in the internet economy

TheCourses and workshops are held by successful practitioners. The aim is an open space for the exchange between founders - with a network effect. The mode of mediation, according to the mode of communication in the tech and creative scene, is rather relaxed.

In addition to this incubator effect, courses are also offered to provide the participants with the knowledge and practical skills required for success in the internet economy.

StartUp Kaderschmiede or Founder Training for everyone?

The fact is: Targeted education and training for start-up entrepreneurs, which includes topics such as finances but also employee management, is urgently needed. Especially because large parts of the StartUp scene are decidedly unstructured. Existing university education and training are far too theoretical, expensive and therefore scare off most of the founders rather.

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Even though some private universities such as WHU Koblenz in Germany have long since developed into squad-makers for the German up-and-coming innovator scene. However, such a start-up training with the appropriate network due to the hefty tuition fees and withheld only the financial elite.

Future vision or interest initiative?

The idea of ​​offering a low-cost start-up education is therefore forward-looking. Because this could be a good alternative for those who might just want to start small. That would also be a tried and tested means if you want to promote nationwide a start-up culture in Germany.

What I'm just asking is, why does this important initiative have to come from private companies where I suspect some intention behind it? Why are there no corresponding state offers? And why is the important topic, education and training specifically for founders, limited to the IT and tech scene?

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