The big lessons of the tour were:
- Culture - The natural entrepeneur is not well served by the culture of the traditional school system. They tend to ask questions and be rebels. School does not like this. School values obedience and conformity.
- Mentorship - So this is why Mentorship is so vital. We cannot change the school system but we can make it easier to mentor the rebels. Nothing is better than an older entrepreneur helping a younger one. PEI's Entreepreneurs are ready. The work is to build the bridge
- Create an ecosystem - When the PEI Entreprenurs and the funders and Government get together as a system - much good will emerge. As things are with separate programs etc, it is a tough system to make work.
- Shift the focus from established business to startups - that is where the jobs will come from