International Day of Education

Today is the International Day of Education. On the UNESCO website you can read:

Education is a human right, a public good and a public responsibility.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 24 January as International Day of Education(link is external), in celebration of the role of education for peace and development.

What does education mean for high-tech innovations and entrepreneurship? Following a few thoughts:

  • I think high-tech concepts are difficult to grasp without some formal higher-level education.
  • entrepreneurship requires the ability to adjust and apply new things fast, so learning is key. no high-level degree is needed to succeed though as many university drop-outs have shown (Bill Gates, Steve Jobs,…). But while these people did not complete their formal studies they still could profit a lot from university facilities (Bill Gates used university computers, Steve Jobs went to calligraphy classes).
  • are university spin-offs more successful?  depends how you measure success. In terms of large-scale success creating unicorns I cannot see that yet.
  • Switzerland: many successful spin-offs yes. just no or hardly any big ones. Sensirion is one from ETH and a few life science companies. Nexthink seems the only in ICT from EPFL.

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