We live in an era of significant and substantial social, economic, and technological change with the rate of change continually accelerating. If you can remember the Canada – Russia Summit Series or the fall of the Berlin Wall you grew up in a time before the Internet or social media. When you grew up the discussion upon graduation from high school, college or university was likely around building your career and finding a job at a good company rather than considering any sort of entrepreneurial endeavour. The people who grew up before the Internet are colloquially referred to as Digital Immigrants and tended to work as employees within larger organizations rather than pursue entrepreneurship or a startup as a career choice.

For Digital Immigrants and people that launched their careers as employees the transition from “employee to entrepreneur” is a very difficult one. Employees in large organizations tend to develop very narrow, deep, and specific knowledge and skills which are at odds with the broad based knowledge you need to start up your own business.  Starting the transition to entrepreneur is a daunting task; continuing the journey through to success is a significant undertaking.

TheCodeFactory is proud to announce that we will be launching our incubation program “Employee to Entrepreneur” this fall. I know what you are thinking, “not another entrepreneurship program”. I hear you but, “Employee to Entrepreneur” is different than most of those other programs:

  • Our program is entrepreneur led (active practicing entrepreneurs),
  • Based on practice and our unMBA in entrepreneurship “we eat our own cooking”,
  • Highly focused and results oriented,
  • Fun, interactive and hands-on.

I have heard it said many times that we are living in a golden age for entrepreneurship. For young people graduating from college or university there is a plethora of programs, funding sources, incubators, and accelerators that are actively recruiting cohorts of Digital Natives as these young people embark on their entrepreneurial journeys. The level of support, funding, and programming for students and recent graduates looking to launch a startup has never been better and continues to improve.

If you are a Digital Immigrant and planning on making the leap from employee to entrepreneurit is an entirely different world. Having personally been through the transition we look forward to sharing more about our program and experiences in the transition the Employee to Entrepreneur blog post series.

Ian Graham