Is there such thing as an entrepreneurial gene? A part of your DNA that makes you more intrepid, optimistic, and willing to embrace risk? So it would seem—according to countless thinkpieces from all corners of the internet, at least. But we at the DO School have spent some time thinking about entrepreneurship, too. And while we haven’t exactly analysed the chromosomes of our participants and Fellows, we can say for sure that to be a successful entrepreneur, you need the right set of skills—skills that can be learnt. Yet, there is something else you need; something both vital and elusive: Courage.
On the 15th of June, it was finally time for the Fellows of our Future of Work Challenge to gather up their courage regarding their venture plans. What was maybe only a fledging social business idea a few weeks back has now matured into a fully-formed pitch—one that was ready to be put “out there.” So it was with much excitement and a little bit of nervousness that our Fellows embarked on Courage Day, during which they presented their pitches to renowned experts from fields as diverse as brand strategy, sustainability, leadership training, and the arts. To make sure that each Fellow got the most out of their three scheduled sessions, Venture Lab Director Phillip worked his magic behind the scenes, making sure that each Fellow got to speak to someone from a relevant field.