What an sees sitting down, a cannot see standing upAfrican proverb
As is the case in almost all economies, small and medium enterprises (SME’s) play an important role in the economic development of a country. Entrepreneurship is considered the ‘vehicle’ and the entrepreneur the ‘engine’ of economic growth.
Entrepreneurship is a hot topic, given the start-up boot camps that mushroom worldwide. Unfortunately, those boot camps have one thing in common. They all cater to the needs of youngsters. But, as the world changes, entrepreneurship is no longer the prerogative of youngsters. According to the Kauffman Foundation and the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) seniors are the most entrepreneurial age group. Seniors own businesses at a higher rate than any other age group.
As the population ages and the retirement years draw near, for some seniors self-employment becomes an attractive option. For different reasons. Some seniors unwillingly lose their jobs because of their age (shame on society!). For others entrepreneurship is a long-lost dream that they want to fulfil now that there is still time. And some happen to have a good idea for a business or product which they decide to pursuit. Meanwhile, senior entrepreneurship has aroused the interest of EU policymakers who consider senior entrepreneurship a way to create and maintain jobs for the aging population.
Through crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and GoFundMe and e-commerce platforms like Ebay and Etsy entrepreneurs gain access to both funding and sales channels. So, how do you start a business at a later age? Where do you go if you want support for your new endaveaour? You could come to The Rainmakers. Why? Because we approach things differently.
First of all, the full program consists of three 2-day courses, that are connected content-wise. Mind you, you don’t have to take all three courses. We’d love that, but it is not a precondition. We have designed the program in such a fashion that the courses can be attended separately. The courses are offered on a regular basis throughout the year. Secondly, you don’t have to be tech-savvy to participate. We use pen and paper. But, if you want to bring your laptop, please feel free to do so. Furthermore, we mix people of all ages together. Whether you are 18 or 60+ you are welcome at our program. Just bring ‘your dream’. There are no admittance requirements. We know from experience that a mix of ages and backgrounds enriches the learning experience. And although we would love to see you again after your first 2-day course, we’ll stop you from enrolling for the next phase, if we feel that there is too little time in between. In order for things to sink in you need to allow yourself some contemplation and implementation time. You’ll join us in the next round. And last but not least, we offer our program in Dutch and English, open enrollment or in-company.
So, check out our entrepreneurship program and contact us for further information.