The Technology Entrepreneurship Collaborative is based on an industrial research and teaching model that seamlessly integrates high-quality research, successful client service and exceptional education.
- Our faculty and research partners will engage in fundamental theoretical research that pushes the boundaries in entrepreneurship teaching and practice.
- We will test this research with collaborators in the entrepreneurship community, using our industrial model to channel feedback back into our research activities, advancing knowledge and best practices.
- We will involve students at various stages in this research, testing and feedback loop, providing a practical education that prepares them to be valued participants in the entrepreneurship community through a solid understanding of both theory and practice.
The Consortium Champions Entrepreneurship Education and Provides Advocacy, Leadership, Networking, Technical Assistance, and Resources nationally across all levels and disciplines of education, promoting Quality Practices and Programs
- Promoting the incorporation of entrepreneurship education across all levels of career technical and academic education, through infusion within existing courses and by the support of separate courses developed in entrepreneurship.
- Encouraging participation of partnerships with business, industry, agency and trade associations, and bringing together diverse groups within the consortium whose interests foster economic development through entrepreneurship education.
- Sharing with consortium members the educational activities, programs and strategies being implemented to incorporate entrepreneurial concepts into the instructional and guidance service activities.
Methods to Motivation
For a business owner, motivating the people who work for him is critical to the company’s success. The business environment is competitive, and success requires that each member of an organization gives his best effort. Motivating employees requires taking the time to understand what each member of the organization needs to ensure high job satisfaction. Individuals seek different types of rewards from their jobs – not just financial ones.
Models of Engineering Entrepreneurship Education
A mixture of approaches to entrepreneurship education is necessary to deliver the experiences and knowledge that lead to innovative and entrepreneurial graduates. Fortunately, with high interest in entrepreneurship among students, there is an opportunity to catalyze student awareness and interest through short, engaging experiences. To that end, Epicenter is building on the success of Invention to Venture workshops by training and deploying “student ambassadors” at a number of institutions, where they hold events, run competitions, and exemplify the path toward becoming an innovator.
Also key will be thinking in new ways about how to approach entrepreneurship education. Some engineering schools have formal certificate and minors programs in entrepreneurship for their undergraduates, and 50 percent of faculty respondents to the ASEE survey reported that extracurricular programs are a prevalent means for engineering students to gain experience in entrepreneurship (Peterfreund 2013). The proportion of students participating in these experiences is still small, but their impact on the participating students and in inspiring their peers is important. Successful student innovators become powerful role models for their classmates. expanding concepts of teaching entrepreneurship from a process-based approach with known inputs and outputs to a methods-based approach that supports iteration and creativity. Others are thinking about the incorporation of entrepreneurship modules in which engineering problem solving takes place in the context of a business opportunity.
The emergence of online learning resources has been particularly useful for delivering digital content both in and out of the classroom. For instance, the Stanford Technology Ventures Program’s Entrepreneurship Corner (E-Corner) offers number of video clips that are easily incorporated in classroom discussions, student research, and presentations. Epicenter is building on the success of E-Corner and creating small learning modules with entrepreneurship-related content. Online courses on entrepreneurship also allow faculty and students far removed from vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems to access a wide range of instructors and content, and enable faculty to spend more time nurturing innovation.
It is also important to explore commonalities between entrepreneurial skills and ABET guidelines to see how entrepreneurship can fulfill key ABET requirements. Alignment with these requirements can influence university leaders who are motivated to maintain their ABET accreditation.