Joshua Pastore Reflects on Entrepreneurship Education in Today’s Market

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Although startup ventures have steadily gained credit as a growing movement in today’s economy, many wonder if entrepreneurship is a skill that can be taught. Young entrepreneur Joshua Pastore comments.

Joshua Pastore is a young entrepreneur who has found success through the creation of his own company—Hawk Vision Applications, LLC. While Pastore was able to navigate his startup venture—and gain recognition in a Business Plan Competition—while attending High Point University as an undergraduate student, some business professionals wonder if this kind of skill is something that can be taught. For Pastore, there are certainly elements of entrepreneurship that can be taught; however, he explains that the passion to succeed must already exist within the professional.

A recent article from CNBC addresses this very matter and explains, “Entrepreneurs have always been a different breed. They see things differently—from risk and markets to work (which is constant) and conventional wisdom (which is best ignored). But the question is: can the ability to be an entrepreneur or an economic disrupter be taught?” The question is one that has inspired Ronald Perelman CEO and chairman of MacAndrews & Forbes, who recently announced to CNBC that he is planning to give $100M to Colombia Business School “to create a new facility aimed at creating the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders.”

If the facility is designed successfully, Joshua Pastore explains that the possibilities could be immense. He responds, “A new and innovative educational approach to entrepreneurship is one that could truly redefine the way young business professionals see their futures. Many of today’s entrepreneurs are one out of many business students who happened to have a ‘crazy idea’ and pursue that venture. While these individuals can succeed, a structured academic setting could help reduce the risk these enterprising individuals face.”

Joshua Pastore explains that he faced some risks and challenges while he made strides to launch Hawk Vision Applications, LLC during his university education. The business—one that designed mobile apps geared toward productivity—was a result of Pastore’s formal education, inspiration from other professionals and ability to learn programming and app development on his own.

Although some believe entrepreneurship is a natural talent, Glenn Hubbard, dean of the Columbia Business School explains in the CNBC article that it is one that can be taught. While it will take some time for the program to develop and track its success, entrepreneurs—including Joshua Pastore—look forward to its results.

“It will be interesting to see if this emerging approach could help individuals discover their ability to launch a business and succeed. Without guidance and mentorship, many entrepreneurs may have never realized their potential. That is why I think this kind of education is essential to develop,” Joshua Pastore concludes.


Joshua Pastore, an entrepreneur and recent graduate of High Point University. Focusing on strategic communications, software development and start-up ventures, Pastore has reached many achievements, including recognition as a semi-finalist in the Charlotte Venture Challenge and a finalist in the High Point University Business Plan Competition for founding Hawk Vision Applications, LLC—a mobile app company. In addition to his focus on business development and marketing, Joshua Pastore is a noted snowboarding and golf enthusiast who enjoys charitable involvement.

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