“Fall in love with the problem you’re solving—not the solution,” says entrepreneur Sarah Prevette. The founder of Sprouter and BetaKit and co-star of Quit Your Day Job, a new reality show about entrepreneurship, Prevette teaches creativity, innovation, and design thinking to some of the country’s biggest business leaders. Her new project, Future Design School, is transforming education by fostering entrepreneurship in a classroom setting.
Sarah Prevette is the founder of Future Design School (FDS), which she launched with the mission to empower all individuals to be creators and help turn great ideas into meaningful innovation. FDS is currently running in four cities, with plans for major expansion this year.
After running product development and marketing for a large software company (which was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2008), Prevette founded Sprouter; the world’s first online community providing real-time advice to startups. The platform was acquired in 2011 and she went on to build BetaKit—a popular technology news site that was acquired in 2013. She joined forces with talented business leaders from some of the world’s top companies like LEGO, Virgin and Starbucks to co-found BrandProject—a firm actively investing in early-stage startups across a wide variety of industries.
Prevette was named one of the top entrepreneurs in North America by Inc Magazine and one of the “Top 20 Power Elite” by Canadian Business. She is frequently in the media and has been profiled by The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Wired, among many others. Her advice can be found in her monthly column “Founders Notes” and in a major new reality series about entrepreneurs, Quit Your Day Job, which debuted in March 2016.
She has delivered keynote speeches and sessions at prestigious events including South by Southwest, Big Omaha, Summit Series, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Sarah for an excellent keynote. We were absolutely honoured and delighted to welcome her to our WEC stage. It was a great pleasure to spend some time with her. Sarah was able to deliver her design thinking message fantastically and, as you know, this group of participants is comprised of corporate, association, and governmental planners and suppliers from across the industry, and they are an extremely demanding audience.”MPI
Design Thinking at Work How to Cultivate Creativity and Entrepreneurship
How do you distill a problem into a creative solution? Embrace design thinking? Empower your team? Pinpoint where your skill set and passion converge? Enter Sarah Prevette, serial entrepreneur, investor, and founder of Future Design School. In this talk, Prevette shares her ultimate credo and how it can change your business: Creativity as a skill set; entrepreneurship as a philosophy. Innovation can be taught, she says, as long as you embrace the mentality and deftness of the entrepreneur. Her keynotes and workshops are a hands-on exercise in identifying your organization’s problems and finding effective, out-of-the-box solutions that you can implement tomorrow. Prevette—a delightful, no-holds-barred speaker—draws on her years of experience and work with some of the most successful business leaders on the planet to share stories, lessons, and activities that will build your game plan. She’s a joy to both watch on stage and work with behind the scenes; the human version of an “aha!” moment.
Future Design School Teaching Creativity and Fostering Entrepreneurship in Youth
In this inspiring, future-forward talk, Prevette shares the tactics she and the team behind Future Design School use to teach kids ages 11-18 crucial skills like innovation, creativity, problem-solving, and product design. Why is it important to share “design thinking” and a entrepreneurial mindset with kids? How can you bring this message into your school or classroom? And what does this all say about the future of education—and the future of our planet? Prevette tackles these challenging questions with aplomb, leaving audiences with the energy and know-how to get out there and start making change.