My partner Dan and I recently had our first phone calls with the inaugural batch of applicants to E[nstitute] and I have to say, there are some very impressive young minds in the program.

These are future founders who want to ‘learn by doing’. Some have been to school, some are looking to drop out, but all are mentally preparing to jump into risk-taking, to get off their 'track’, and to balance failure with success.

How will they do this? By pairing with entrepreneurs to learn directly from the people building the next great businesses here in NYC. Essentially, “E[nstitute] is redefining higher education by turning startups and small businesses into classrooms.”

So to help support the first class of 15 students starting this fall, E[nstitute] recently launched a crowd funding campaign to help get them started.

If you believe in changing education, in creating great companies, and most importantly, in investing in bright young people who want to change the world, please consider a contribution. Here is a link to the fundraising page http://indiegogo.com/enstitute.