Two weeks ago, I attended MIT’s Entrepreneurship Development Program at the Sloan School of Management, where alongside 104 participants from 25+ countries, I had the fantastic opportunity to learn from professors Bill Aulet, Trish Cotter and many other amazing teachers about how to take an idea and to transform it into a successful business in a disciplined, process driven way. #trusttheprocess
The teaching methodology is brilliant, kind of crazy, absolutely backbreaking and very educational! The EDP instructors had the participants break into small teams on Day 0 — see my teammates in the photo above — and come up with a brand new idea. And then we went through the 24 steps of the Disciplined Entrepreneurship process of creating a start-up and pitching to a panel of VCs and investors by Day 5! And along the way, we learned how to be “antifragile” people — those that are not only resilient when faced with obstacles but can thrive in it — who go on to build antifragile ventures.
What a transformative, life-changing experience! After attending EDP 2020, I am saying “Yes! I can” rather than “perhaps maybe” to a social enterprise idea that has been percolating in my mind for a few years. I know it is not going to be easy and I know that my “antifragility” will get tested but I am more confident than ever, armed with knowledge, experience and an ecosystem of supportive teachers, mentors, and 104 fellow builders and entrepreneurs!
My deepest gratitude to the entire EDP team, and the many amazing teachers, coaches and speakers who invested their time and energy to help new and future entrepreneurs like me.
This article was originally published on LinkedIn on February 3, 2020.