What Universities Can Learn From Start-Ups

  1. Rethink the academic calendar

Start-ups and Universities: A Relationship

There is no question that universities and start-ups are two very different entities. Universities are large, established institutions with a long history while start-ups are small, nimble companies that are often just getting started. But despite their differences, there is a lot that universities could learn from start-ups.

The Failures of Universities

We all know that the traditional university system is far from perfect. In fact, it’s become increasingly clear that universities could learn a lot from start-ups. Start-ups are known for their innovation, creativity, and risk-taking. They’re also known for their failures. And while universities may not be accustomed to failure, it’s something that they need to start embracing if they want to stay relevant in the 21st century.

How start-up culture could benefit universities

In recent years, the start-up culture has taken the business world by storm. Start-ups are known for their innovative thinking, creativity and outside-the-box approaches to problem solving — all traits that could be extremely beneficial to the university setting.


There are a lot of things that universities could learn from start-ups, including how to be more nimble and adaptable, how to encourage creativity and out-of-the-box thinking, and how to better meet the needs of their students. While it may not be possible for every university to completely transform itself into a start-up, there is certainly room for improvement in many areas. By taking some cues from the start-up world, universities could become even more innovative and successful in educating the next generation of leaders.



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