Global Edupreneurship Movement Is Picking Up In the Right Places

There are six core areas where this is more clear than in education.


During the industrial era and even at the beginning of the knowledge economy, there were severe barriers of entry for entrepreneurs, innovators and even bigger limitations for radical transformation coming from developing countries and socially, economically or culturally disadvantaged communities.

Students, parents, women, teachers gaining voice

For regular people in these countries–students, parents, women, teachers–the mere possibility in the past of gaining a voice, gaining access to capital, and ultimately making big things happen was such a remote possibility in the past as to seem almost utopian.

Suddenly the XXI century came along and the pace of technological change increased.  The introduction of revolutionary new forms of media and the advancement of English as a global language have helped tear down barriers and start necessary discussions on essential topics like the value of education, the urgent need to better care for our planet, inequality and the problems that it spawns, and the power of diversity, just to name a few.

Witnessing a new era

Today, we are definitively witnessing the beginning of a new era, one in which we can all be founders, with the opportunity to raise capital from our ideas and contribute to solving the crucial problems which continue to impact those who live in the world around us.

There are few areas where this is more clear than in education.

It is only through education that this vision can truly become a reality for all.

But it is also because the way we think about education is changing in almost every dimension:

1.  The role of teachers

2.  What is expected of new generations,

3.  The redesign of physical spaces

4.  The integration of games, big data, analytics, adaptive learning, project based methodologies, informal learning options, MOOCS, virtual reality and many other new ideas into the educational experience

5.  How to prepare students for the economy of the future

6.  The importance of education as an issue on the global agenda

For me, it was about five years ago that I began to realize just how exciting this world could become.

I had 25 years of experience in technology, marketing, telecommunications and consulting, both as an employee and as an entrepreneur. I had lived in four countries and was able to speak three languages. I had been a teacher for 18 years.

Five years ago, all of this experience finally began to make sense. Education  was my field of interest, but I also wanted to be able to cross over into technology and entertainment, focus on Latin America, and continue to have spaces for experimentation, networking, learning and innovating well into my future.

After five years I can assure you, it has paid off. I have met with hundreds of interesting people, been exposed to the world’s most cutting-edge ideas, brought relevant brands from entertainment to education, worked with hundreds of institutions, thousands of students and teachers, and had direct influence in thousands of learning solutions that are impacting millions of students in over 20 countries.

But probably the most transformational experience of them all has been my role in linking with Edupreneurs around the World.

I was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time.

Next- Edupreneurs from around the World

Fernando Valenzuela
Fernando Valenzuela
Fernando is currently head of Aspen Institute education program in Mexico and Partner at Global Impact Edtech Alliance. He was formerly President McGraw-Hill Education, Latin America. He is a recognized senior executive, entrepreneur, speaker and board level leader with international background. He has founded and led successful enterprises in Latin America for over 25 years. He holds a Degree in Computer Science from the Universidad Iberoamericana, and an MBA in International Business by the University of Miami. Active member of Wharton Fellows, ENOVA Network of Latin America CEOs, Center for Hemispheric Policy and Council of the Americas, board member at Inroads. He was most recently President at Cengage Learning / National Geographic Learning Latin America and founder of LINNEA, the First Laboratory for Innovation in Learning Experiences in Latin America. There Fernando lead the transformation of the educational models and creating high value learning experiences by engaging students with technology. Website LinkedIn

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