Activity in Year 2
Train the Trainers
This second iteration of Train the Trainers took place in February of 2020, as a 2-day event in Azerbaijan. It was offered to all interested educators in Azerbaijan and a total of 17 educators attended. The workshop focussed the development of modules and programmes with a greater emphasis on the professional development of the educator, than previously.
Attendees included staff with diverse roles in teaching, management and incubator support. It wasn't just first-timers though, as some have attended the previous Train the Trainers programme in Year 1 of the project, delivered by Andrea Lane. This year they were invited to complete reflective work and develop action plans for continuing development
Just weeks following the completion of this workshop, the world went into lockdown. Despite this, we still received a number of action plans. Continuity of educator development was further enhanced by the development of digital newsletters (see below), that informed educators about relevant webinars and digital conferences that focussed on enterprise education.
During the second part of Year 2 the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has begun in Europe, so a lot of our activity had to be moved online. We came up with the idea to send a newsletter to our partner educators in Azerbaijan – to keep them up to date and provide some additional resources. We archived these newsletters, so you can access them below.
18 February 2020
Useful case studies for university level educators around the world called 30 Good Practise Case Studies In University-Business Cooperation.
We also sent out QAA (Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education) and EntreComp guidelines from the training last year (2019).
QAA safeguard standards and improve the quality of UK higher education wherever it is delivered around the world. It checks that students get the higher education they are entitled to expect.
The European Commission has developed EntreComp: the European Entrepreneurship Competence Framework as a reference framework to explain what is meant by an entrepreneurial mindset.
18 March 2020
Entrepreneurship education in agriculture: The EARTH University approach: This paper highlights the importance of entrepreneurship in agricultural development and describes in some detail the entrepreneurial capacity building program at EARTH University in Costa Rica. The paper concludes with a discussion of the challenges and possibilities for developing agribusiness entrepreneurial education programs in the African context.
Agri-Entrepreneurship Training Manual by the FAO. This training manual looks at developing group enterprises and strengthening existing group enterprises. It’s a bit old but still provides some interesting practical exercises, fact sheets and guidance to trainers that you can use to develop a training course.
The Royal Agricultural University in the UK has an extensive range of enterprise and entrepreneurship programs to help students develop, launch, and grow their ideas. Their websites provides some more detailed information.
‘Youth in Agriculture: A New Generation Leverages Technology': An interesting blogpost by Mercy Corps how young agripreneurs use technology, including fintech.
In addition, you might want to check out Mercy Corps accelerator program ‘AgriFin’, which works with a global network of over 100 partners to support the design, test and scale of high-impact digital solutions for smallholder farmers.
There is also a new online resource for teaching enterprise skills + STEM to women. Check out the website at: https://www.enterpriseandstem.online/
And don’t forget the bible of every entrepreneurial educator: the QAA Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education: Guidance for UK Higher Education Providers.
Alsos et al (2011) The Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurship in Agriculture and Rural Development. Free to read on Google Books here.
Research & Evidence
Heinert & Roberts (2018) A Profile of Exemplary Rural Agricultural Entrepreneurship Education Programs. Journal of Agricultural Education, 59(3), 291-308.
Kapranos (2014) Teaching Transferable Skills to Doctoral Level Engineers—The Challenge and the Solutions. Paper discussing the “Skills Diploma” at Sheffield University, a diploma build into the 4-year PhD to support and certify graduates in the areas of Transferable Skills.
The Tech Nation Digital Business Academy offers free online business courses to help your students start, grow or join a digital business. Courses include ideation, customer segmentation, and product innovation.
26 March 2020
For those of us having to deliver entrepreneurial education from home online, Enterprise Educators UK has started to compile this really helpful list of enterprise education modules/courses/offers that could be delivered completely online and at a distance. https://www.enterprise.ac.uk/ented-online/ More content will be added soon and you are also welcome to add your own content.
There is also useful content held within the ETC Toolkit.
16 April 2020
Short online course recommendations from the Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University:
- Be an Online Tutor in 24 Hours*
- Design an Online Course in 24 Hours*
*These courses are no longer available.
24 April 2020
This webinar hosted by the Global Business School Network might be of interest to some of you. It’s free of charge.
Building Online Learning Communities: Inspiring Innovation and Entrepreneurship
"How do we enhance peer-to-peer learning when suddenly our programs are 100% online? Collaborative learning is an integral part of management education and development, especially for essential leadership and interpersonal skills. While motivating and supporting this kind of learning in a digital environment can be more challenging, it also has many advantages.
Join this webinar, presented by GBSN, XOLAS, Grenoble Ecole de Management, and MIT Sloan School of Management to gain insights, share ideas, and experience a real example."
31 May 2020
Ivano-Frankivsk and Coventry University will be facilitating a webinar on “A playful approach to creative economy entrepreneurship development" on 4 June, at 1 pm - 2.3 pm (UK time). Please see the detailed information below. The webinar will be of use for teachers and trainers (not only!) who are directly involved in teaching entrepreneurship.
The webinar will be facilitated by Creative Spark partnership - Dr Oksana Malynka, Institute of Economics and Management, Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas (IFNTUOG), Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine and Dr Richard Tomlins, International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship (ICTE) Coventry University, UK.
This session will take you along our journey of adopting playful approaches to creative economy entrepreneurship development in Ivano-Frankivsk enabled by our British Council Creative Spark funding. We will cover:
- The reason for our focus on the creative economy.
- The reason for our adoption of playful methodology.
- The science behind “play” as educational pedagogy.
- An overview of our “playful” tools.
- Next steps…and even perhaps the chance to play! With this in mind it would be fantastic if you had some blank sheets of A3 and A4 and space to draw - and of course don’t worry if this isn’t possible
These sessions were held in english.
18 June 2020
Highly recommended! Colin Jones new book (2019) ‘How to Teach Entrepreneurship’. Can be read online on google books.
‘EEE Teaching Toolkit’ modules focus on entrepreneurship education and introduce different aspects of both theoretical and practical entrepreneurial knowledge to support innovative thinking and start-ups. The EEE Teaching Toolkit consists of 23 modules and has been selected as a good practice example of “EntreComp” framework in action. The Modules can be combined in different ways to create new and extend existing academic courses. Read further and download here.
- ‘Taking Business Support online: Working at a distance: The EEUK Way’. As you take your business support and guidance fully online and start to work with all your clients at a distance, here are some tips to help you plan your approach. Read further…
- Babson College’ ‘Four Approaches to Teaching Entrepreneurship as a Method’. In this article Prof Greene highlights a portfolio of four complementary techniques for teaching entrepreneurship as a method rather than a process. Read more here
- Linton & Klinton (2019) ‘University entrepreneurship education: a design thinking approach to learning’. In this paper, the authors conceptualize entrepreneurial learning through a method- and design-based approach and illustrate how a course can be developed and designed. (attached)
Research & Evidence
- Call for papers for a Special Issue on ‘Reframing Social Entrepreneurship Research: Embracing a Strategic Perspective’ in the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. Deadline: February 5, 2021. Details here.
- Call for papers: ‘Catalysing Change and Innovation in Women’s Entrepreneurship’ in the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. Deadline: Nov 15, 2020. Details here.
Upcoming Online Courses & Webinars
- Virtual Roundtable: Diana International Research Institute (DIRI) Researcher Round Table: ‘COVID-19 Impact on Women's Entrepreneurship Research - New Questions, Approaches and Methods’. June 24, 2020, 11:00am (ET) Register here
- Webinar: ‘Delivering enterprise education online and at a distance’. Hear mini case studies from Enterprise Educators UK Associates of the approaches they have taken and their tips for delivering online. June 23, 10am (GMT) Register here.
- Webinar: ‘Migrant and refugee entrepreneurship during Covid-19.’ June 25, 11am (BST) Register here.
10 July 2020
Here some new interesting opportunities for entrepreneurship educators. If you have any event, program, or other news you would like to share with our community, please email them to me for inclusion in the next newsletter.
- Blog post: ‘Pivoting Ourselves: How the Edinburgh Business School Incubator is Responding to Covid-19’. Read here.
- A new book launched for entrepreneurship educators: ‘Entrepreneurship Education’ includes theories and practices on how entrepreneurship can be embedded across four stages of the learner’s life. Preview here.
- Video: ‘Maryann Feldman - “Entrepreneurial Universities and Technology Transfer’. The paper and presentation offers a framework to illuminate the role of universities in systems of innovation by incorporating economic, social, and political influences that affect the ability of universities to both create new knowledge and deploy that knowledge in economically useful ways and thereby contribute to economic growth and prosperity. Watch here.
Research & Evidence
- Call for papers: Technological Forecasting and Social Change: ‘Sustainability in Family Business: Mechanisms, Technologies and Business Models for Achieving Economic Prosperity, Environmental Quality and Social Equity?’ Deadline: Nov 1, 2020. Details here.
- Call for papers: Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal: ‘Catalysing Change and Innovation in Women’s Entrepreneurship’. Deadline: Nov 15, 2020. Details here.
- Call for papers Journal of Business Venturing: ‘Rationality in the Entrepreneurship Process: Is Being Rational Actually Rational?’ Deadline: Dec 1, 2020. Details here.
- Call for papers: International Small Business Journal: ‘Small Business and Entrepreneurship in Times of Crisis: Latest Developments and Trends.’ Deadline: Dec 18. 2020. Details here.
- Call for papers: Technological Forecasting and Social Change: ‘Technological and social change in entrepreneurship: How big data can benefit society’. Deadline: Dec 20, 2021. Details here.
- Call for papers: Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal: ‘Reframing Social Entrepreneurship Research: Embracing a Strategic Perspective’. Deadline: Feb 5, 2021. Details here.
- Call for Chapters: ‘Theorising Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Education: Pedagogy, Digital Teaching and Scope’. A book chapter proposal (extended abstract) must be submitted before August 10, 2020. Details here.
- The International Journal of Instructional Cases is now welcoming concise teaching cases in the field of entrepreneurship. Details here.
Upcoming Online Courses & Webinars & Virtual conferences
- 5th EAP Conference Goes Online incl. methodological workshops and a Paper Development Workshop.
- There is an NSF-funded workshop on practices in accelerators related to diversity in high-tech entrepreneurship. The workshop is likely to occur sometime in the 2020-21 academic year, and there are travel funds to help early scholars and PhD students (as US institutions) attend.
- Webinar: ‘Can Entrepreneurship be Taught?’ July 14, 10am (BST)
- Webinar: ‘Developing students’ (sustainable) entrepreneurial mindset and some ideas for its assessment’ 10 Sept. 2020, 16:00 (CET)
- Registration opens for AOM's first virtual Annual Meeting. Aug 7-11, 2020.
- ‘Virtual 12th International Social Innovation Research Conference 2020’ Sept 1-3, 2020. Conference theme: 'Social innovation and enterprise for more prosperous, fair and sustainable societies'
Working with BIG Idea entrants
Working with BIG Idea entrants
Developing Resource Repository and Toolkit
Developing Resource Repository