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Society/business UGCE Entrepreneurship college Erasmus+/ LISTO

Teaching Entrepreneurship in International Context

The objective of this work package is to develop the entrepreneurial skill sets of teachers, staff and students.

Thus we will:

  • Discuss current methods in teaching entrepreneurship to students and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses
  • Work together in developing modules for an interdisciplinary entrepreneurship course which will be applied and tested in an international classroom setting
  • Participate in the pilot course and evaluate the experience together with teachers and students from all 10 LISTO partners
  • Inject the international and interdisciplinary modules into existing entrepreneurship programs which lack these components so far
  • Sustain the international classroom collaboration beyond the project life-time

Practice exchange conference

To start with, in June 2018 we organized a conference on exchanging good-practice methods in teaching entrepreneurship combined with a critical evaluation of the existing courses. You can find the contributions and posters here: link. See some of the impressions of this meeting here: Flickr.

First pilots

Our first pilot of the Erasmus+ LISTO IVC launched in 2019 with three 5-week-long classes, taking place March/April 2019. In these courses, professors and students from Argentina, Brazil, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Uruguay wotked together in 6-7 site simultaneous virtual classes. The lectures were combined with a collaborative project shared with a smaller international team.

Course 1: Understanding global challenges and local opportunities through design thinking

During this course students were introduced to the Design Thinking Methodology, both from a theoretical perspective and a practical use case. International teams of students faced a particular design challenge using the methodology as a guideline to reach solutions on a global scale, yet with local impact. Initially, the student had the opportunity to choose among the general topics proposed by the teachers. Then, once the course has started and each topic has been assigned to teams according to their preference, the design challenge for each topic was communicated to their specific teams. Given that Design Thinking is a human-centered approach, all these challenges placed the person at the center of the stage, seeking solutions from three different perspectives: Ensuring basic needs are met for all people Sustaining and improving the quality of life Mitigating future risks The general topics selected for the 2019 Course are the following:

2019 Projects focused on three large challenges (students can narrow the focus within these challenges): 1. Sustainability 2. Communication 3. Migration

Topics:

W1: Introduction
W2: Empathy and Problem Redefinition
W3: Ideation and Prototyping
W4: Concept Validation
W5: Final project presentations

Course 2: Recognizing global entrepreneurial opportunities

The course aims to prepare students to work in international multidisciplinary teams and to identify new technological global business opportunities using forecasts of market and technology tendencies and to propose a business model to address the identified opportunities. The course will be developed in an international context, demanding self knowledge, self motivation and reflections on the team composition. The course consists of 5 sessions. The central theme of the course is recognition of opportunities around the globe, starting from perceiving the signals of change and translating them into viable business models of today allowing this change to happen tomorrow.

2019 Projects will focus on four large challenges (students can narrow the focus within these challenges): (1) healthcare, (2) smart cities, (3) agriculture, and (4) education.

Topics:
W1: Challenge selection & refinement (each team)
W2: Scenarios of future tech development
W3: Roadmap development and validation
W4: Market potential assessment
W5: Final project presentations

Course 3: Navigating the international networks and ecosystems

The central theme of the Course is learning to analyze international entrepreneurial Networks and Ecosystems from an entrepreneurial perspective. In three classes we will discuss the main concepts and approaches related to Networks and Ecosystems, exploring through different kinds of activities. Each class will be based on a pre-class reading and homework: a discussion in class on the main topic of the lecture and a group work assignment to apply the knowledge and see how it can be used in different international contexts. For each lecture the students will in groups will work in 2 different challenges concerned with a chosen theme: first one about a local case related to networks and ecosystems; the second one related to strategies and approaches used in entrepreneurial ecosystems. At the end of the course the students will take an individual test, based on the materials offered for reading and discussed in class.

Topics:

W1: Main definitions and relevance of Net & Eco in international and multicultural contexts.
W2: Learning how to map Net & Eco.
W3: Managing entrepreneurial pathways in Net & Eco 1
(Identifying barriers and how to deal with risks and uncertainties present in the ecosystem)
W4: Managing entrepreneurial pathways in Net & Eco 2
(Development of innovative solutions based on international comparison)
W5: Final project presentations

Handbook

The consortium is planning to release a handbook for the IVC development in 2020.

Into the future

See on the next page how the IVC is going into the 2020 and beyond!

Last modified:16 December 2019 11.27 a.m.