Our entrepreneurship education service aimed at upskilling both entrepreneurship and non-entrepreneurship educators within higher education institutions, upgrading their pedagogical tools, competences and entrepreneurial mindset with a comprehensive training package, won the first place as the good practice with the most creative approach to teaching innovation & Entrepreneurship at the 8th Innovation & Entrepreneurship Teaching Excellence Awards, hosted within the ECIE conference on September 15th. Additional confirmation of the value of the entreTime Train the Trainer programme inspired by the EntreComp framework and already validated with over 100 educators across the globe.

Congratulation to the whole entreTime Team!

An international audience joined the final entreTime dialogue to start thinking about how to apply the entreTime toolkit to their teaching practice in their world.

The workshop opened with a short introduction from Dana Adriana Puia morel, a representative from the European Commission, DG Growth.

The need for further investing in creating a favourable entrepreneurship culture, stimulating the proper mindset among young students, and potential future leaders, has been strongly remarked.

Following the testimonial stories of two participants of entreTime cohorts, breakout room conversations engaged participants in discussion about the challenges they are addressing and reflections around embedding the entreTime approach into their daily activity focusing on the following questions:

  • what are the key dilemmas that you are addressing in the future?
  • what is your call to action in your work, your institution, and your ecosystem?
  • what is your ‘call to action’ regarding the application of the entreTime toolkit from several points of view?
  • what support are you going to ask for from whom?’

Besides the individual call to action, the need for dedicated initiatives, and incentive schemes to encourage the adoption of the “teaching through entrepreneurship” approach has been pointed.

This final event, which closed the entreTime dialogue series started in May, was also the opportunity to launch a new edition o to be conducted in either fall of 2022 or early 2023.

We are now collecting interest for this. if you would like to participate or be informed about a new edition of entreTime, please pre-register here

An international audience of 68 joined this webinar to explore how to grow ecosystems for entrepreneurship and learn about the entreTime toolkit for educators. The webinar opened with a short scene-setting presentation from Klaus Sailer, the CEO of Strascheg Centre for Entrepreneurship and the coordinator of the entreTime initiative.

Klaus highlighted, that old-fashioned attitudes in teaching entrepreneurship sometimes still persist, focusing predominantly on theoretical skills such as how to write a business plan. A more constructive approach lies in active and practical teaching equipping students with the skills, competences and experience they need to be able to address today’s challenges and the requirements of complex work environments. Entrepreneurship can be key to meeting these needs, but educators themselves must be trained in entrepreneurial competences in order to teach their students effectively.

Read more and watch the recording of the webinar.

entreTime continues its roadshow among entrepreneurship stakeholders.

After having presented the lessons learned as Role of Universities in Quintuple Helix context (Professor Slavica Singer and Sunčica Oberman Peterkaat from Strossmayer University) at the last XI RED Conference, the entreTime team managed a parallel session within the XX THA conference, held in Florence on June 27-29 th.
Our pool of experts (Prof. Slavica Singer, Milena Stoycheva – CEO of Junior Achievement Bulgaria- , prof. Klaus Sailer and dr. Audrey Stolze – Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship) provided a nutshell insights about the role of universities in society and in an open entrepreneurship ecosystem model as a driver of local economic development and on how to exploit the entretime offering for this purpose.

It’s all about #shared vision, commitment and trust. An outstanding fishbowl conversation about the role of Higher Education Institutions in fostering resilient learning communities and the importance of properly valuing education geared the participants to share ideas and practices.

Moderated by Andrew Harrison with 43 registered participants across Europe, the first entreTime dialogue was an opportunity to go more in-depth on how to engage people in networks and how to revise the HEI’s governance to grasp this challenge. 

Many thanks to Klaus Sailer, Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship, Slavica Singer, J.J. Strossmayer University of Osijek, Solène Moutier, EIT Raw Materials, Dana Redford, PEEP, Elin McCallum, Bantani Education for their contribution and have shared their experience and to the EntreComp Synergies for having co-organised the event.

Interesting hints for future discussion have been raised:

“We must rethink entrepreneurship education to not transmit only knowledge, but make it experiential, and change habits. We need to foster the development of competences (entreComp).”

Integration and mapping of enterprise skills into existing curricula – supporting colleagues’ understanding of enterprise and entrepreneurship

Post pandemic landscape – What will EE look like in 5 years? Will we as a community of practice be reactive or proactive?

entreTime organised a workshop within the parallel session “Overarching policies and underlying theories” to further discuss how to exploit a Teaching through Entrepreneurship approach to becoming more Entrepreneurial Universities

The 19 participants, educators from European HEIs shared the barriers they daily face in enhancing their students’ entrepreneurial spirit. Lack of understanding of entrepreneurship and practice is still acknowledged as the main hurdle to be embedded as strategic leverage in teaching.

Mats Westerberg and Louisa Huxtable-Thomas presented the latest entreTime experiences on how this can be achieved.

5 working groups started to design countermeasures, identifying a wide portfolio of practices that can be used for launching new initiatives for fostering the entrepreneurial competences of educators.   

entreTime is launching a series of dialogue events “Time to foster your entrepreneurial mindset”.

These online workshops will contribute to the dialogue on how to move towards more resilient communities and supportive ecosystems for entrepreneurial culture.

Participation in the workshops is free of charge

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Mats Westerberg (Luleå University) and Louisa Huxtable-Thomas (Swansea University School of Management) will represent entreTime introducing our learning& experience in fostering an entrepreneurial mindset.

The workshop, scheduled on May 11th, aims to share practices on how to embed the Teaching Through the entrepreneurship approach to advance the institutions’ third mission and equip non-entrepreneurship educators with the needed competences.

More details https://blog3e2022.files.wordpress.com/2022/04/3e-2022-programme-250422.pdf

Considering Entrepreneurship as the capacity to act upon opportunities and ideas to create value (social, cultural, financial), in the EntreComp framework resilience is a core component of “motivation and perseverance”, one of the 15 entrepreneurial competences.

It is acknowledged that to be determined to go further with achieving long term aims, it is crucial also to “be resilient under pressure, adversity, and temporary failure”.

Resilience is becoming even much more relevant in the post-covid world characterized by pervasive technology and fast-changing scenario/societal issues.

A recent multiple case study carried out among a sample of university students analysed entrepreneurial resilience, as a multidimensional construct that involves social, cultural and psychological processes.

Moving towards a border construction of entrepreneurial resilience, not limited to the business dimension, but as the capacity to face, overcome and project oneself in the future, the study has demonstrated that it is built through intrapersonal and exopersonal processes and outlined a comprehensive model in emerging adulthood to face adversity and build life projects.

Here the full paper: https://www.mdpi.com/1513656.

Entrepreneurship education is recognised as the main driver for building up a more resilient society.

To develop a comprehensive strategy for further promoting it, within the COSME Programme, the European Commission funded the Peer-Learning Activities in Entrepreneurship Education and in Women’s Entrepreneurship project (2018-2021).

A key output of this action is the “Guide for fostering entrepreneurial education” that outlines 5 main intervention areas where decision-makers and stakeholders could intervene:

  • Develop EE competence of leaders and teachers in education institutions
  • Encourage cooperation of EE stakeholders about policies and curricula
  • Communicate what EE is and what benefits it brings
  • Measure and compare EE practice and impact in pan-European research
  • Share EE knowledge and experience to enhance teaching and learning

Here the full guide https://op.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/734447fa-58a7-11ec-91ac-01aa75ed71a1/language-en/format-PDF/source-246062167