I had a great time last night at the London Met Accelerator taking 40 students/grads through problem identification and assumption testing (what's the problem and how do you know it's a real problem) with Frances Brown.
First up, I went round the room to hear the problems people had identified to solve.
At this point it struck me that things have changed a lot since 2005 when I first had a bash at an idea.
Back then, everyone was developing ideas around making money and those that wanted to put a green/social angle on their business would plant trees to offset their carbon.
Yesterday, in a room of 40 people only 2 or 3 people were trying to solve problems that didn't directly help solve problems in society.
Here are just a few of the sample areas:
- Food waste
- Plastic recycling
- Electricity for Africa
- Reductions of amputations
- Help others reach goals
- Be more tolerable to others
The list goes on.
In the enterprise support space there is still a perceived gap between social enterprises and business. I believe that this is now an irrelevant division. The next generation of our entrepreneurs care about the community they live in and want to make a difference.
For me, this is the future. People now believe that they can change the world around them and it's our job in enterprise support to give them the tools and skills to do so.
The question is, how do we help more people that don't happen to live in the London E2 postcode?