Global Entrepreneur Week Event at Staffordshire University
On 19. November 2015, Lesley Drumm—a mentor on the IDEATE team—presented details of the IDEATE project to students and staff at the Staffordshire University. The focus of the presentation was convincing staff, from disciplines other than Business, that they could teach entrepreneurship within courses, even though they did not class themselves as entrepreneurs. For students, it was about realising that entrepreneurism is wider than the setting up and running of a successful business. Being entrepreneurial is important when working for an employer, it’s about:
- Identifying business opportunities
- Evaluating business opportunities
- Decision making
- Identifying and solving problems
- Oral communication abilities
- Innovative thinking
(Izquierdo, E., Deschoolmeester, D., Valcke, M. and Salazar, D., 2005)
The presentation gave details of how 16 students from Finland, Lithuania, Slovenia and the UK, from diverse disciplines, came together to develop entrepreneurial skills, knowledge, behaviour and attitude, as described above, by refining a business idea, evaluating it and then pitching it to entrepreneurs.
The event promoted rich discussions regarding the use of student reflections to assess the learning outcomes of the module.
By Lesley Drumm
Image diagram by: Seemeaning.ca (2015)