Evidence indicates that developing an entrepreneurial mindset in people is a key factor for economic growth employment creation and sustainable local development. Through the cascading effect of knowledge transfer across all levels of society, entrepreneurial universities play a crucial role in spreading that mindset.

entreTime deployed a comprehensive train-the-trainer package for further developing the skills of educators within higher education institutions outside business schools and economic faculties.

By incorporating entrepreneurship into their teaching, educators can:

  • Contribute to the university’s Third Mission
  • Increase students’ employability and entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Empower their teaching methods with new pedagogical competences and tools for experiential learning

Through 2021 the training programme will be validated at 10 selected HEIs in Europe and Canada. The 3-months pilot programme starts on March 31st 2021.

To apply and learn more about the training course, visit the pilot programme webpage.

Here you find the first EntreTime-Newsletter.

On 17-18 September 2020, the first entreTime Train-the-Trainers program for Entrepreneurship was held at the Athens Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ACEin), part of the Athens University of Economics and Business.

The vision behind the entreTime’s program is to train “all disciplines professors” and trainers, including those who do not have specific knowledge about entrepreneurship, to facilitate the adoption of new training methods/skills in their courses to develop Entrepreneurial Competences among the participants.

Starting from our philosophy which considers entrepreneurship as a unique pedagogical teaching method, the first Train-the-Trainers pilot comprised a series of lectures/workshops on new methods/tools for conceiving innovative ideas and developing an entrepreneurial mindset, delivered by acknowledged entrepreneurship experts.

Ms Dana Adriana Puia Morel, on behalf of the European Commission, highlighted the importance of developing entrepreneurial competences and mindset among students in Europe for creating economic and societal impact as well as achieving the goals of the Green Deal.

Over 37 participants (16 of them joined the conference remotely, due to COVID-19 restrictions) mostly from Universities throughout Greece both from technical departments and business ones (potential Train the Trainers), attended the two days training, including the Vice-Rectors of AUEB who declared the intention of the University to lead this new approach in the country for the development of Entrepreneurial Competences at the level of tertiary education.

Providing practical examples and exercises, the training grabbed the attention of participants “It gave me insights on how to infuse entrepreneurial thinking in courses not related to Entrepreneurship that I teach as well, for example, Operations and Quality Management” said Klas Eric Soderquist, Professor, Dept. of Management Science and Technology and Director, MBA International Program. The same positive reaction from predictionaries as Antonis Livieratos, Scientific Advisor at Archimedes (Center for Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship of NKUA), who has affirmed: “As startup mentor, I have realized that I am on the right track, this made me more confident while, on the other hand, I learned about new tools/methods that I can adopt when supporting companies or delivering training”. Besides, this has been also the opportunity for sharing methods/experiences with other ENT experts/professors across Greece.

A good start for fine-tuning the entreTime “stop and go” training programme curriculum based on EntreComp taxonomy and design our open faculty platform. The next pilots will be schedule in March-April.

Given that Entrepreneurial training is becoming increasingly important in academia and business, entrepreneurship is a de facto interdisciplinary area that has drawn significant attention over the years with consequent a lot of different frameworks/approaches.

entreTime consortium performed a benchmarking analysis on the most relevant programmes on entrepreneurship education in Europe and North America (54 entrepreneurship training packages) to identify success factors of the different approaches, new tools, and eventual gaps.

This analysis is further facilitated by the usage of the EntreComp (entrepreneurship competence) framework and European Training Foundation (ETF) good practices for interviews that enabled further data collection.

The results of this study show that Europe’s train- the-trainer programmes have the roots in similar methodologies but vary depending on their context. You can find a more exhaustive snapshot of this analysis and main outcomes within Hélice, quarterly Magazine of the Triple Helix Association, issue n.3, Volume 9 (2020) https://www.triplehelixassociation.org/helice/volume-9-2020/helice-volume-9-issue-3

A one-hour virtual workshop has been planned on June 15th 2020, early afternoon, as parallel session of the 18th International Triple Helix Conference “Future of innovation and innovation for future »

Please register for participating in the conference by May 24 to make use of the early-bird discount or at latest by 31 May 2020. https://events.tuni.fi/thc2020/registration/

The second HEInnovate webinar is taking a novel approach, combining dialogue, music and group discussions to engage participants. It will take place on Thursday, the 7th May at 5pm CEST. Register here…

We are happy presenting you our new homepage. For now it’s a first step and it will be continously filled and extended as our project is getting traction and visibility and when there’s more to inform you and the public about our progress as well as future activities and events.
We’re looking forward to meeting you in person in the future and hope to see you soon back here.