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Exploring Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship Education: new challenges and approaches
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Unfortunately, as we currently do not know how the coronavirus will progress globally in the coming months, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the University of Groningen Summer Schools 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience this exceptional situation may cause. Hopefully we will see you next year instead. Stay safe and healthy!

Entrepreneurship can contribute to solving the big challenges of our time, therefore more and more universities include entrepreneurship education to equip future graduates with entrepreneurship skills.

In this intensive 8-day summer school, we will study entrepreneurship from a wide variety of perspectives. By bringing together students from several countries and cultural backgrounds, different study programs and educational levels (B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D.) to work together in interdisciplinary multilevel groups to explore research on entrepreneurship.

This summer school is research oriented. This means, you will study contemporary entrepre-neurship research, theories, methods and results of research but also reflect on how these results can be translated into applied settings. Some of the aspects we will focus on, are:

  • How do individual differences contribute to explain entrepreneurial activity?
  • How does entrepreneurship work among different regions and nations?
  • How do new ventures decide to internationalize?
  • How do organizations foster entrepreneurship?
  • How do specific contexts (e.g., high-tech, social entrepreneurship, energy, medicine) influence the entrepreneurial process?
  • Which methods of research are used in entrepreneurship research?
  • What are the challenges in teaching entrepreneurship?
  • How to teach entrepreneurship?
  • Are there some differences in teaching entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship?
  • What are the directions for future research on entrepreneurship education?

Before the summer school, we will invite you to prepare a poster presentation in which you will share with the other participants the entrepreneurial ecosystem of your city and/or country – this will allow you to learn more about your own city and to present it to your school peers.
During the school, you will be working in project groups to design, conduct and report research on a topic of your choice.
Additionally, you will engage in highly interactive sessions in which we will explore entrepreneurship research and applying them to practical cases and your own group research project. You will have ample opportunity to share and draw on each other’s culturally specific experience and knowledge.
Finally, you will have the opportunity to enjoy some great cultural activities that the vibrant city of Turin has to offer!

Practical information

Unfortunately, as we currently do not know how the coronavirus will progress globally in the coming months, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the University of Groningen Summer Schools 2020. Hopefully we will see you next year instead. Stay safe and healthy!

Dates & location July-August 2021 (tbc), Turin, Italy
Level BA/MA/PhD

Fees 2020
Includes: lectures, course materials, selected lunches, reception and celebration dinners*

€ 250 (participants from partner universities)
€ 500 (participants from not-partner universities)

Academic coordinators
  • University of Groningen and third-party students: Olga Belousova - o.belousova
  • National Research University - Higher School of Economics: Margarita Zobnina - mzobnina
  • Politecnico di Torino: Giuliano Sansone - giulianosansone
  • The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration: Stepan Zemtsov - Zemtsov

Programme and general questions: Olga Belousova o.belousova
Logistics, accommodation and visas: Evelien Ouwehand entrepreneurship

NB There is no housing offered by the organizers, participants are responsible of finding an accommodation of their own, however, they can refer to the organizers for an advice.

*Fee does not cover travel to Turin, accommodation and other meals. The application fee must be paid once the applicant has been accepted into the programme.


The course is designed for students interested in entrepreneurship research aiming at a future career in research and informing their practice with deeper understanding of the process of entrepreneurship. Students of all educational programmes and levels are welcome to joint his summer school .
It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.


We recommend participants to arrive on Saturday July 25, to find your way around, settle at the accommodation, and be on time to meet other summer school participants for a pre-summer school welcoming party. The school starts on Sunday July 26 with a welcome presentation, poster discussions city tour and welcoming drinks.

Monday to Thursday will be split between lectures, keynotes, workshops, and visits.

On Friday, we will hold the final presentations by the groups and we will end with a gala dinner.

Saturday can be used for a cultural programme or as departure day.
Learning outcomes

After this course you will be able to:

  1. Critically assess core theories in entrepreneurship
  2. Select methodologies that fit your research question.
  3. Understand the importance of context in entrepreneurship
  4. Formulate and defend your own views on important issues in entrepreneurship based on research and practice

Preparatory (poster presentation): about 10 hours
Pre-school reading: about 10 hours
During summer school: about 40 hours

Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 60 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance

The core of the teaching team are its founding fathers:

Prof. dr. A.J. Chepurenko, National Research University - Higher School of Economics
Prof. dr. A.J. Groen, University of Groningen

..and host team:

Prof. dr. Emilio Paolucci – Politecnico di Torino

Apart from them, the programme will feature guest lecturers on the core themes of the summer school, entrepreneurs and policy makers.


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