The art of structured improvisation

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Vassilij Kandinsky, Improvisation no.8, 1923

Already in 2014, Wired highlighted the importance of the years spent at university as a leverage to entrepreneurial success. Still today, and even more today, we can strongly maintain this stance.

Success stories, sometimes stories of great success, of those who have achieved astounding peaks of innovation, although they did not graduate at university (such remarkable cases are, above all, the ones of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs) seemed to have diverted the attention from the importance of the years spent at university. Of course, the attitude to innovation is partly innate, but this “talent” should be nurtured with study and dedication.

While in LUISS we are getting ready to welcome the freshmen next week, we feel more and more crucial the need for a university experience, particularly if students will be able to live it with the curiosity and awareness they need to be good entrepreneurs.

The two most important factors for the success of a startup are, in fact, the team and the idea. A good entrepreneurial idea, so that it can effectively stay in the market and grow with the right means and investments, is clearly at the basis of the success of a company. But a close and dynamic team will really make the difference. The idea alone will stand for a short while. Without a good team of people who strongly believe in the project, the very same idea will crumble beneath disagreement and individual interests.

Learning how to identify and create a good entrepreneurial idea, and being able to find the best team to pursue and make it flourish: this is one of the biggest achievements university takes to.

Of course, these principles are not just valid in a corporate culture, but first and foremost for the creation and development of one’s sense of self-entrepreneurship, that is, the capacity of finding the right path in life and the best way to achieve the fixed targets.

There is no room for improvisation, when this is the scope we are pursuing. There is only hard work, dedication and commitment. And this is anything but innate.

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