We want to be the preeminent institution in the world for Ei – Entrepreneurship IntelligenceTM – and known for it. We want the next generation to be independent thinkers, visionary creators and social innovators to create value for the society, nation and the world.
Maxplore is committed to empowering today’s youth with an Ei – Entrepreneurship IntelligenceTM for facing the unknown future challenges. Maxplore will carry out this mission by connecting the right minds, the right ideas and the right values across generations, students, educators and society.
Maxplore Centre for Entrepreneurship is an institute of textbook-free learning established to equip school students and unconventional entrepreneurs with Ei – Entrepreneurship IntelligenceTM to help overcome new challenges and be successful future leaders. The team of Maxplore noticed a void in the current academic structure and sensed the urgent need for creating a shift in the realm of school education by providing parallel learning.
In a few years from now, India will be one of the youngest populations in the world, and we will need to have more jobs for the youth than other countries.
What is Ei – Entrepreneurship IntelligenceTM
Ei – Entrepreneurship IntelligenceTM is not just about setting up a business or building a start-up. It is a creative, problem-solving thought process that leads us to a win-win situation. Entrepreneurial thinking is about looking at any given challenge or situation differently so that one come up with an innovative yet practical solution to it. It is a timeless intelligence which deals with the ability to spot issues, adapt, improvise and advance.
A Historical Perspective
Most entrepreneurs, over the years, have been more than just businessmen. They have visionaries, risk takers and problem solvers. It is the person behind the venture and not the venture behind the person. To give examples, iconic entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg or Jeff Bezos are known as visionary people who created revolutionary ideas. It was their entrepreneurial mindset that set them apart. If one is to take Apple away from Steve Jobs, he would still be the Steve Jobs.
EiTM can be applied across activities, be it sports, providing healthcare services, developing software, making films, creating music, running restaurants and hotels, interior designing, architecture or even managing a household.
The Right Age
Children between the ages of 10 to 16 begin to see themselves as autonomous individuals. The driving force for this feeling is the biological changes happening in their body such as puberty, increase in their cognitive maturity and the expectations arises due to these changes. At this age,
- Children have an increasing ability to think in abstract manner. This means they can think about anything deeply and in terms of its bigger picture
- They display the ability to think logically and use strategic approach to tackle a problem.
- Ability to look at situations through multiple dimensions or looking at situations or problems through all aspects at the same time.
- Reflecting upon the complicated situation or problems by themselves and also reflecting on the fact that how they reacted to that particular situation or problem. It means they able to self-assess, question themselves, revise their thinking
- Delving upon the available possibilities for them and developing the deeper understanding of themselves as an individual also people around them
For certain individuals, the ability to create, innovate and solve problems in a productive manner comes naturally. For others, these abilities can be inculcated, nurtured and nourished.
Once learnt, children can apply their Entrepreneurship Intelligence to academics, managing pocket money or engaging in extracurricular activities and projects, and eventually shaping their careers. They even develop a sense of empathy and awareness towards their families.
Coloured Glasses TheoryTM – Our Proprietary Methodology
What exactly does thinking differently mean? It is often easy to expect a particular outcome or approach. But, without the correct process, guidance or tools, the manner of achieving the outcome remains ambiguous. Accordingly, at Maxplore we have developed our unique proprietary approach for developing Entrepreneurship IntelligenceTM. It is called Coloured Glasses TheoryTM.
- It helps children to look at any given challenge or situation differently.
- It is a method of having a particular perspective, thought process, vision or view for thinking like an Entrepreneur or having an entrepreneurial mindset.
- Each distinctly coloured pair of glasses denotes a focussed way of looking at things differently.
- Each coloured glass can be used in a particular sequence starting with the Black then Yellow, Blue, Red and Green or they can also be used independently and individually to practice the thought process represented by each of the Coloured Glasses.
The edge of Transformation
We are almost at the threshold of 2020. What was merely fantasy in science fiction films and books yesterday, is already a reality of our times.
Artificial Intelligence has seeped into our daily existence, and with smartphones, robots and automation, we are witnessing a shift in possibilities.
As a teenager, did you ever think you could have a live, wireless video conversation with your friends and family living in continents thousands of miles away? Did you even imagine it was possible to carry a phone around in your pocket wherever you go, which could also take pictures, play the radio or movies, send emails and organize your files any time you wanted?
Today, technology is rapidly changing the socio-economic fabric of society. Gender roles are being redefined. Virtual reality is something we now take for granted. Manual tasks are mechanized, and classrooms have been taken over by software driven lessons. Things we could barely imagine twenty years ago are already outdated. While our textbooks still contain stories of historical heroes or wars that happened hundreds of years ago, our present and future is changing by the minute.
Leaders and changemakers are struggling to deal with complex challenges that were not forecasted by experts earlier. Trying to imagine the speed of change a mere dozen years from now, is unfathomable already. When the future cannot be predicted or even defined, any forward analysis is just guesswork.
Till the 1990’s, any change in technology or services would last for at least a decade or two. Even durable goods like refrigerators and television sets easily had a shelf life of an average 15 to 20 years. But now, gadgets we have been using for 2 or 3 years are getting redundant. Change is not just rapid, but radical.
What will replace smartphones by 2030? Will we be using flying cars to commute? Will space travel be a reality for the average person? Will robots replace real people at the workplace? These questions appear far-fetched now, but in a few years we will have received concrete answers.
As teachers, educators, parents and mentors, are we doing our best to prepare the young minds to be ready for tomorrow? Have we given them the tools, technology, and most importantly, the appropriate mindset to adapt and be future-ready? Are we ensuring that they have employable skills when they’re adults? Or are we holding them back from spreading their wings?
Let’s raise a generation of thinkers and changemakers: As their role models and guides, what we can do, is steer their minds in the right direction, while teaching them to have an entrepreneurial mindset.
Ajinkya Potdar with Waceke Nduati, Founder & lead trainer – centomy ltd. Kenya, who has expressed willingness to be part of the Maxplore Global connect and share entrepreneurship content and ideas. the goal for the collaboration is to share and validate that the entrepreneurship message(s) coming from a global perspective.