Founder & Chief Social Experimenteur
Many graduates dream about becoming young entrepreneurs but struggle to find an idea for their business while all they need is someone to guide them, inspire them and give them some tools on start. Francois Blanc, an ex-telecom executive noticed this pattern after several lectures in business and engineering schools. With other entrepreneurs he started Founders Basecamp, a platform that enable student meet successful businessmen and learn from their experience.
Founders Basecamp helps aspiring entrepreneurs become real entrepreneurs. We are a small group of entrepreneur friends, with many startup ideas, happy to share them with students, passionate enough to support and challenge them in their first steps into the business world.
We give students a business idea and some tips how and where to start. If they like it, they can start working on the project and after few weeks they share the work they’ve done with us. We evaluate their project, give them our feedback and if we like it we help them start the business for real.
Few years ago I start doing lectures at schools. With my friends, other entrepreneurs, we realised that students don’t have sources to start their own business or don’t have a good business ideas while many entrepreneurs have them both. Actually we’ve got so many ideas but too little time to try them all. So we decided to share our experience with students and work closely with some business schools.
Most of all – practice. Work on the real case, doing the real market study. Even if in the end it occurs that the project is not worth investing any money, students gain some essential for young entrepreneurs skills, gain their confidence, they may even find their own idea for business.
The project is open for everyone. Every young entrepreneur from around the world can sign up to our newsletter to have an easy access to our business ideas, pick one and work on it.
When you’re entrepreneur you see opportunities basically everywhere. Even a simple talk may give you an idea. Sometimes I meet with my friends entrepreneurs, we spend hours exchanging ideas. What we miss is the time to try them all…
They’re worried about finding a satisfying job after their studies. Lot’s of them don’t really trust big brands. That’s why they want to become entrepreneurs, they want to start their own business. Their main concern is that they may not have enough experience nor sources to start the new business.
I’d say that the biggest challenge is to find out what they want to do. There are many opportunities and it’s difficult to make a choice.
You can only success if you practice. Don’t let the failures drag you down, try again. With every project you learn more and more about the business world but also about yourself. You gain specific knowledge, meet inspiring people and raise your confidence.
What better place to meet and share your experiences with like minded individuals than by co living in London.