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The GrowFL American Academy of Entrepreneurs (AAE) is a unique mentoring program that pairs seasoned second-stage entrepreneurs with business owners who have entered second-stage more recently. The goal is to share lessons learned, expand networks and accelerate growth. A partnership with the Edward Lowe Foundation, it brings growth opportunities for both mentors and mentees.
Ed Lowe believed that entrepreneurs are the backbone of the American economy, and he often talked about the need to break through “brick walls,” referring to the challenges that entrepreneurs face as they try to scale their businesses. Ed also believed that great things happen when entrepreneurs come together. “Many were the times I wished for a mentor,” Ed wrote in his later years when sketching out ideas for his foundation and its programs. “A mentor to help me through those scary and challenging times. Someone who’d been there. Someone whose experience I could tap, to reassure me that I wasn’t alone in my obsession. ”These guiding principles shape the AAE program.
An important part of the program is the caliber of participants, says Colleen Killen-Roberts, the foundation’s vice president of entrepreneurship: “AAE mentors are incredibly talented and successful second-stage entrepreneurs who are paying it forward by donating their time to help others on their entrepreneurial journey.”
I will be ever mindful of the future.
I will have an active mind whether awake or asleep.
I will be a helping hand to myself and to others.
I will omit the word “impossible” from my vocabulary.
I will do my best to improve, not to improvise.
I will exert my energy toward growth and progress.
I will communicate with others in thought, word and deed.
I will maintain a healthy body and mind.
I will recognize the power of love.
I will follow the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
— Edward Lowe