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Replicating the Networking, Mentoring and Venture Creation Benefits of Entrepreneurship Centres on a Shoestring: A Student-centred Approach to Entrepreneurship Education and Venture Creation

Bell, Robin and Bell, H. (2016) Replicating the Networking, Mentoring and Venture Creation Benefits of Entrepreneurship Centres on a Shoestring: A Student-centred Approach to Entrepreneurship Education and Venture Creation. Industry and Higher Education, 30 (5). pp. 334-343. ISSN Print: 0950-4222 Online:2043-6858

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Abstract

As support for both university-level entrepreneurial education and the use of experiential learning methods to foster student entrepreneurs increases, so too have the number of university-established or affiliated entrepreneurship centers. The activity at the center of this study aimed to combine experiential learning methods with assets associated with entrepreneurship centers, including venture creation, networking, and mentoring. Students were invited to participate in a competition wherein they were guided through the business creation process and pitched their ideas to investor judges who chose the winner and provided capital start-up funding and consulting. This research puts forth that university faculty at institutions without entrepreneurship centers can organize experiences to provide the benefits of entrepreneurship centers. The study used interviews to find that many of the benefits of entrepreneurship centers were able to be replicated using this method. The project is outlined, outcomes are analyzed, and the results and lessons learned are discussed.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: entrepreneurial mentoring, entrepreneurial education, entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurial support, entrepreneurship support
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Academic Departments > Worcester Business School
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Depositing User: Robin Bell
Date Deposited: 05 May 2016 10:40
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2017 13:46
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/4384

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