1. Start a business by solving a problem
The world has a lot of problems that need to be solved. This pillar is a series of case studies that bring to light certain societal problems that require solutions. There are many types of businesses that can be set up, however we are trying put together interesting problems that need solving – that really matter. We were inspired by University College London’s ‘Grand Challenges’ which is an initiative that focuses on solving problems around creating and supporting Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing. We hope that you find this pillar interesting and inspiring and please do not hesitate in contacting us for more information or sources on our case studies.
2. Build a business around your interests
Examine what you love, what you know and what you’re good at. This pillar is centered on understanding your skill set as an entrepreneur and also discovering where your natural sense of curiosity deviates towards when it is unleashed. Through this pillar, we hope you will find intriguing articles and links that will spark your interests and help you to develop some certainty around the things you love in life. This pillar will include articles about psychology, self-awareness, introspection but also on how to connect those things to business in a way that helps you and society at large. We hope that you find this pillar interesting and inspiring and please do not hesitate in contacting us for more information or sources on our case studies.
3. Guidance and support are always available
Mentors, books, videos, articles, partners, customers, and friends. This pillar is focused on people, connections and advice. The Student Economy aims to develop a strong network of people who are trying to develop their business around the world and need help or have support they can offer. In essence, we believe there is space for us all to have trade agreements with each other on the micro-level as well as the macro-level. Currently, major economies have the power to dictate who can trade with each other and under what terms. They can also dictate that which countries should have trade sanctions placed on them. This pillar is designed to help us discover the freedom to not only trade with one another in mutually beneficial ways but to help each other thrive and create employment opportunities with others. We hope that you find this pillar interesting and inspiring and please do not hesitate in contacting us for more information or sources on our case studies.
4. Changing the face of business in society
Business can help society more. This pillar is an exploration into the current world of business, who benefits, who loses and why. Furthermore, we aim to present solutions and hope to inspire people to design socially beneficial business models. The world changed a great deal throughout the financial crisis of 2008 and we wish to explore how the world of business has improved itself and what its drivers to change actually are. If there are business models that benefit the few, then we must create business models that benefit the many. We believe that business has an important role to play in improving society and economics should serve us. We intend that this pillar explores how it can be improved. We hope that you find this pillar interesting and inspiring and please do not hesitate in contacting us for more information or sources on our case studies.