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Students developing entrepreneurial skills in startup competition

In their efforts of developing entrepreneurial skills, 33 teams of students at Purdue University is competing in the startup competition. The prize is totally $115 000 that will be awarded by a panel of alumni with entrepreneurial backgrounds. The prime goal is for the students to develop entrepreneurial competence. At the same time, several successful startups have grown out of the competition during the years it has been arranged. This includes three winners from the… Continue reading

Best approach to Entrepreneurship Education at Universities

New research on Entrepreneurship Education at Universities from Örebro University in Sweden shows that best practice for this field requires a design thinking approach. The authors Gabriel Linton and Markus Klinton write as a background: “Entrepreneurship has traditionally been taught from a business administration perspective, where predicting the future is central and where the world is seen as linear with known inputs and outputs. The world of entrepreneurs is quite different, usually highly uncertain environment,… Continue reading

The Return of the Higher Education Republic

During the Renaissance scholars and students were wandering between the growing amount of universities searching for the knowledge and engaging environments of their own choice. As the centuries went by this goal was abandoned in favour of the nations’ demands. Especially from the 19th Century and onwards the main goal was to build a powerful nation-state. In this spirit, the equation of education during the past two centuries has been that the nation has acknowledged… Continue reading

The essence of successful entrepreneurship according to Eric Schmidt

On 27th November 2018, Eric Schmidt, former Google CEO and Alphabet executive chairman delivered the Centre for Entrepreneurs Annual Lecture. An event that developed into a guide to successful entrepreneurship. In defining an entrepreneur he said if somebody asked him: “I’m doing this what do you think?” This is according to Eric Schmidt a sign of a bad entrepreneur, but if the entrepreneur instead said: “I’m doing this. If you have time I will explain to… Continue reading

Taking workplace engagement and effectiveness to the next level

How can you make the work environment more effective with interactivity, more human-centric and last but not least … fun? Ok, let’s see, imagine the scene where the staff of a project entering the conference room, the project leader says: “Watson, bring me the last working session.” The computer recognizes and greets the project staff, then retrieves the materials used in the last meeting and displays them on three large screens, and the work can… Continue reading

Originality as the most valuable asset

In an age where originality is hard-currency or rather soft currency. Everything that starts with “mass” is seen as a gust from the past. Designers are what often stands between market success and failure. It is an environment where intuition and preferences should be fed with a pleasant experience. Not like before when everybody was offered more of the same thing as everybody else. This means that the image of the starving artist of 20th… Continue reading

Five skills that make innovative leaders

In Harvard Business Review, Katherine Graham-Leviss, the founder and president of XBInsight, present the result and analysis of the competency data on nearly 5000 business leaders that the company has collected. The outcome shows that innovative leaders have five skills in common: Manage risk Demonstrate curiosity Lead courageously Seize opportunities Maintain strategic business perspective However, to boost these skills the workplace should work as a creative space with no bureaucratic or other forms of obstacles… Continue reading

Collaborative learning in the working life

Developing problem-solving competence is to a large extent the foundation of learning in the working life. This also means the ability to explore new possibilities and improve the performance. Both when it comes to action as well as interaction. The aim of pedagogy would be to train the student’s entrepreneurial skills in real life situations. The method that often is termed collaborative learning works great for both self-studies as well as for project-based learning in… Continue reading

The Lab – A symbol of the Digital Society and its Learning Part 3

“In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there is.” Albert Einstein is often connected to this quote. However, these words are included in written sources from 1882. At that time Einstein was three years old. So it is unclear who really was the source of this timeless wisdom that is getting a new dimension in the digital society. Driving-forces of the new dimension Human organisational forms are going from… Continue reading

Entrepreneurship on all levels to adapt to the Digital Age

The term “Industrie 4.0” originates from the high-tech strategy of the German government, which promotes the digitization of manufacturing. The term after the introduction in 2011 rapidly became generally acknowledged and used all over the world. In Germany Industrie 4.0 has been followed by SME 4.0 and Teaching 4.0. Terms that have gained ground and flourished from a more general active entrepreneurial spirit. A favourable mood that calls for an active (and successful) integration of new citizens, a research… Continue reading