Enstitute and Plum Alley
By Deborah Jackson
January 28, 2013
I have been a long-time supporter of entrepreneurs, especially women with a drive, passion, and a mission to succeed. So many bright young women have a strong and compelling vision. But how do these women get a head start and how do they get the training, coaching and hands on experience to catapult to the top especially when they are bored and restless in college?
One of these programs that I support is Enstitute, a unique and cutting edge approach to education that is a “college education disruptor” of sorts for the budding entrepreneur. Finding and nurturing young talent, the program allows its “fellows” a way to expand their skills and education by working in some of the best early stage companies in New York City. The fellows work full time in the company with pay (albeit modest) and participate in a meaningful way and often shadow the CEO.
The program is highly competitive and looks for young adults who know that they want an experience different from the typical classroom setting. All the fellows are self-motivated and ambitious. The fellows live together in housing and don’t have to miss out on the “dorm” like experience of a traditional college.
I recommended Enstitute to my company’s most promising intern, Jasmine Gao because I am sure will start her own tech company in the future and she would just soak up every minute of the experience. Her career will rocket ahead with her training.
I can appreciate that Enstitite is not for everyone and I’m sure some parents of an older generation will not understand how beneficial and, in some ways, superior this education will be. Not only will the fellow get experience but they will be plugged into a network of future employers, investors and mentors. This is a win-win for all involved.
Click here and apply soon if you are looking for an apprentice type of education. (Plum Alley would be honored to receive an Enstitute fellow!)