Work & Economic Security: Entrepreneurship

Education for Entrepreneurship. Page 5 of the linked Pass It On Network report (April 2020) on Lifelong Earning and Learning describes five resources that create support for older adult entrepreneurship in the longevity economy. Page 6 of the linked Pass It On Network report (June 2020) on Continuing the Conversation recommends encouraging experienced entrepreneurship as a community development priority.

Dignity Kitchen: Social entrepreneurship at its best –  Dignity Kitchen provides specially-designed training for people with disabilities and disadvantages, enabling them to make a variety of Singaporean foods and beverages. As a result, they are able to support themselves, live with dignity, and integrate into society.

Global InvestHer – Expanding Support for Women Entrepreneurs.  Global InvestHer Newsletter, recently showed that eight percent of the partners at the top 100 venture capital firms are women.  Among the top 100 venture firms, the percentage of women partners increased by 17 percent. Eight firms in the top 100 added a female partner for the first time. Women now hold 15 percent of the partner roles at accelerators and corporate venture firms. Women founded 16 micro-venture funds. Access to advice from other female entrepreneurs and investors is available through the free global community.

Entrepreneurship in Later Life – Kerry Hannon’s new book, Never too old to get rich, The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting a Business Mid- Life, is a guide for the 50+ population wanting to roll up their sleeves and start something new either as a business or a non-profit. . Pass It On Network’s co-founder and International Coordinator, Moira Allan, shared her experience with Kerry Hannon. When you think of someone launching a start-up, the image of a twenty-something techie probably springs to mind. However, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers are just as likely to start businesses and reinvent themselves later in life. 

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Productivity: A 5-step Day Planner. The 5 strategies that Dan Sullivan has put in place to support his productivity are strategies he shares with entrepreneurs who come to Strategic Coach to become better leaders. The strategies are described in this 20-page copyrighted guide. Based in Canada, the website is

Entrepreneurship – A Tool for Assessing Changes and Growth in Entrepreneurial Mindset and Skill Sets Gained through Higher Education Project-based Learning.”  Designed for higher education entrepreneurship program participants to understand their changes and growth in developing an entrepreneurial mindset and skill sets.

The Urgency of Now: Supporting Early-stage Entrepreneurs. The Stanford Centre on Philanthropy and Civil Society offers a 10-part series, in partnership with the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, that shares the perspectives of both entrepreneurs and funders on the role that early-stage support plays in creating long-term social change. Despite all the scientific and technological advances the social sector has seen—and the vast amount of capital that has been spent to address issues like systemic poverty, health care access, basic needs, and education — too much remains left undone. Although there are pockets of improvements, large segments of society are still left on their own, and the world faces increasingly complex problems but lacks the resources to solve them.

We Will Rock You –“One of the greatest under-appreciated sources of innovation and new business may in fact be women over 50 with new ideas, lots of life ahead of them and the verve to get it done. They are becoming engines of innovation.”  This is a quote from Joseph T. Coughlin of MIT that Victoria Sarne shares in her Thrive Global blog. 

Never Too Old To Get Rich – Kerry Hannon is a leading authority and strategist on career transitions, entrepreneurship, personal finance, and retirement. She is a frequent TV and radio commentator and is a sought-after keynote speaker at conferences.

Generation Experience – Elizabeth Isele’s (Advisor to Pass It On Network) message is spreading. The “experienced economy” has shifted from concept to reality and there are today endless examples of countries and companies showcasing and championing “experieneurship.”  That word describes experienced workers initiating new ventures as entrepreneurs.  One of the leaders fostering learning in this field is Hunter Leonard of Melbourne, Australia.  His new book is titled Generation Experience.  Watch this video interview with Hunter Leonard and Moira Allan.