“The biggest obstacle to entrepreneurship today is the traditional idea of entrepreneurship, and the idea of what a successful entrepreneur looks like.” — Mike Rowe
I had this conversation the other day with a friend:
Me: “Praxis is a ten month program for entrepreneurial young people who want more than college. So we place them in dynamic businesses across the country, etc etc…”
Friend: “That’s great! But isn’t that option really only for coders and tech people? What if you aren’t either?”
I laughed, not at my friend, but because his concerns, while misinformed, were entirely valid.
We live in the time of coffee shop entrepreneurship — young college dropouts wearing sandals, torn jeans and hoodies, writing code for their next iPhone app on a macbook all day at a local coffee shop.
Once they’ve gotten some funding, they get an office with polished concrete floors, walls of glass, communal hammocks and a craft beer bar, and they hire more tech people to grow their business further.
They’re building technologies that make life easier, more fun, healthier, and safer for everyone.
We’ve partnered with dozens of the tech businesses and startups around the country for participants who want to work in this space.
If you want to be a front end developer, we’ve got a place for you.
If you want to work in Bitcoin, we’ve got a place for you.
If you want to build IOS applications, we’ve got a place for you.
BUT here’s the thing about entrepreneurship — it doesn’t limit you to tech.
If you want to work as an accountant for a tomato processor, we’ve also got a place for you.
If you want to work in construction or manufacturing, we’ve got a place for you as well.
If you want to work in advertising, we’ve got a place.
If you want to work in nonprofits, we’ve got an amazing opportunity for you.
You get the picture.
There are more ways to be an entrepreneur than working for Silicon Valley tech startups.
What do marketers and welders have in common? CEOs and floor managers at a sewing factory? All can be entrepreneurs. All create value outside of tech.
Praxis is committed to them. We’re so committed that we’ve lined up a large number of these business partners for our Fall 2015 Class.
These are the businesses that make the world turn.
They’re the bootstrapped small family businesses, the crane manufacturers, the fabrics importers, construction firms, and shipping facilities run by people who know how to create value as a discipline — entrepreneurs as diverse as the college dropout who turned a small video production operation into a multi million dollar eCommerce business, to the corporate executive who left her job to open a successful craft beer bar and the manufacturer who was able to increase floor efficiency by 30%.
So if you’re like me and you think there’s a bit of an unpleasant irony in the fact that the infrastructure in San Francisco, the tech capital of the USA, is outdated, crumbling, and cluttered, consider looking at the endless opportunities outside of tech that are begging for a little more blue collar entrepreneurship.
SOME OPPORTUNITIES FOR FALL PARTICIPANTS OUTSIDE OF TECH
Apprentice and right-hand man of the president of a large and exciting ad agency in Phoenix, AZ.
Potential to become an Account Executive or Business Development Executive at an Inc 5000 company.
- Type A
- Gets things done
- Likable personality.
- No degree required, naturally.
Real Estate Management Apprenticeship
Work and learn under dynamic individuals in the real estate space
Marketing and Publishing at an innovating publishing company.
Learn and build a career in a company that is leading next level publishing
Working with Morning Star presents a unique opportunity for anybody interested in gaining insight into an innovative theory of management, agricultural finance and accounting, trucking, and manufacturing.
The Menger Fellow will work with FEE’s executive leadership and business division directors, and will report to the COO. The role is named after the influential Austrian school economist Carl Menger who was among the pioneers of the “marginal revolution.”
INTERESTED IN APPLYING?
This Fall class is shaping up to be our biggest ever and we’d love to have you on board. Participants from our most recent graduating class were hired by business partners, went on to start their own businesses, and created portfolios of valuable skills and experiences that will stay with them their entire lives.
There are two weeks left to apply!