A student entrepreneur’s take on the student entrepreneur community
The student entrepreneur ecosystem, and specifically student entrepreneurship, has been around since the early 2000s.
In the last couple of years, we’ve seen several student entrepreneurship hubs emerge across the globe.
However, it’s worth taking a moment to look at the students who started them all.
Here’s a look at some of their stories, their accomplishments, and how they’re changing the lives of young people across the world.1.
Jamee Johnson was one of the first to join the student entrepreneurship ecosystem in 2012.
He started his first student-run business, Soho, in the UK in 2012, before moving to India to work on his first company, Ecolab.
At the time, Johnson had just graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors in Business Administration and a Masters in Management.
He said that at that time, he was still in the midst of working towards a Master’s degree in Business Management, but he decided to jump into student entrepreneurship because it was a “big opportunity to start something new”.
In a 2014 TED Talk, Johnson described his business plan for Soho: “I’m looking for an online business that I can sell to a local student, I can do for them a demo, and I can get a referral for an upcoming event.
It’s just the basics, but I want to start a company.”
The product he started was called T.C.E.N.O.E., which stands for “Transforming Education and Enterprise for Emerging Students”.
According to Johnson, his first product, T.E.—Totally Educational and Efficient—took just two weeks to develop and launched in June 2014.
T.O.—Transforming Organization—started in the U.K. in 2013, and Johnson said it “grew from there”.
Johnson says that he wanted to build a product that “came from nowhere, but did something with a big, clear goal”.
“I’ve had people tell me they would like to see it [the product] for free, but at that point, I knew I could afford to pay for it,” he said.
The product had a simple, but powerful, purpose.
Johnson was interested in “transforming” the way students learned and the way they interacted with each other, and the fact that it was free made it a no-brainer.
It made him “really proud to be part of the student entrepreneurial community.”2.
Sarah Tew, the youngest founder of the Ecolb incubator in India, was one the first students to join an online community in 2012 when she launched her first startup.
In her TED Talk “The Entrepreneur’s Dream: What It Means to Be an Entrepreneur in India” from 2014, Tew talks about the importance of an online platform for learning.
“When you have a platform that has no barrier to entry and can help you get your idea out there, you’re more likely to be successful,” she says.
“That’s the biggest thing for me.”
She says that online education “is an important tool in the world, and if you are a student, you have this opportunity to learn about business.
The opportunity to build your business, build your knowledge, build an audience and create an audience of your own.”
The challenge is that the barriers to entry are much higher for startups.
“Tew has had a tough road to education, but she’s found that she “made it, and has become a successful entrepreneur.”3.
In 2015, a student entrepreneur from South Africa named Njenga Ntokwane was inspired to start his own online platform, T-Mob.
In his TED Talk on entrepreneurship, he said that “it’s all about the platform, not just the content.”
His company T-Mobi has grown to become the largest student-focused startup in the country, with more than 150,000 users.
Ntkwane says that his company is “the most successful platform in South Africa.”4.
Nandini Vahalani founded the first e-learning platform for the UK, The Learning Lab.
The company launched in 2012 in the United Kingdom, and now has over 20,000 students using the platform.
Vahallani says that The Learning Labs “works because we take the lessons that we learn in class and then we translate them into a platform.”
Vahalski, who says she is “100% inspired by students” as she started the platform in 2010, says that the platform was “the best thing I could do”.
Vahali says that it is “a big inspiration for students”.5.
Mika Sveen, who started her first online business, The Social Learning Institute, in 2011, started her business in 2011 in a similar way to the way that Johnson described her business.
She says that her first project, Social Learning, was “a platform that I could connect with my friends