Entrepreneurship: The Next Generation
Dalhousie University News - Published October 11, 2012
Speaking at the Rowe School of Business recently, Claudia Hepburn, the executive director and co-founder of a national entrepreneurial leadership initiative called The Next 36, described how the program was born out of recognition of a crisis facing Canadians.
“The problem we identified was that in Canada, we didn’t have enough high-impact entrepreneurs,” she said. “We didn’t have enough of the Sam Waltons, Mark Zuckerbergs or Bill Gates that were building great, industry changing, internationally competitive businesses.”
Hepburn pointed to a growing prosperity gap between the United States and Canada and detailed how this gap was largely because Canada has proportionally “fewer of those extraordinary individuals that are building great businesses.”
That’s why the goal of The Next 36 is to help close this prosperity gap “by involving the next generation,” said Hepburn.