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Who Wants to Be an Entrepreneur? A Dose of Reality

BY TOM WALKER twalker@i2eo.org Published: November 1, 2011
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Dr. Peterson says that entrepreneurship is a natural for Generation Y.

“These students are more into doing something and seeing the results. They are savvier about what they want in their lives and seek more control of their own destiny,” she says.

“My first words at the beginning of the first class and my last words at the end of the last class are, ‘Keep your eyes open, and remember what you learned in these entrepreneurship classes. They can shape your future,'” Dr. Peterson says. “Who is to say that my student who is 26 today might not turn around at 40 and say, ‘now, now is the time.'”

After a day of the reality of Who Wants to Be, Dr. Peterson's students were a bit shell-shocked, impressed and inspired.

“One of the students who already has his own company was frantically making calls the whole way back to Ada,” she says. “He was really fired up, making his contacts and tracking responses.”

Whether it's at age 20 or age 50, that's the life of an entrepreneur.


DID YOU KNOW? According to research from Duke University, for the last 10 years or so, the average age of U.S.-born technology founders when they started their companies was 39.

Tom Walker is President and CEO of i2E, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation that mentors many of the state's technology-based start-up companies. i2E receives state appropriations from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology. Contact him at i2E_Comments@i2E.org.

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