Entrepreneurship Trainings

As one facette of our research, we focus on entrepreneurship trainings and the entrepreneurial mindset of students and employees. In particular, we are interested in the development of a student's entrepreneurial mindset by mini-interventions. Our objective is enabling students to think and act entrepreneurially. With this specific promotion of their employability, our mission is to prepare today's students for their future challenges when entering the job market. Within our team, it is Sophia whose research is focusing on how to make mini-interventions for entrepreneurial training purposes as impactful as possible.

Why teaching entrepreneurship skills is important

Entrepreneurial skills are one focal point in entrepreneurship education research. Following the assumption that "entrepreneurs are made, not born", research here focuses on teaching relevant skills and the effects of relevant training programs, especially in the university context as the last step before entering the workforce (e.g., Gielnik et al., 2015; Colombelli et al., 2022; Packham et al., 2010; Kepaliene et al., 2016; Ramos-Rodriguet et al., 2019).  Accordingly, university entrepreneurship programs have increased in number in recent years (e.g., Ramos-Rodríguez et al., 2019; Fayolle, 2013; Kuratko, 2005). In particular, recent entrepreneurship research addresses the entrepreneurial mindset, defined as an overarching cognitive perspective that enables individuals to create value by identifying and seizing opportunities, making decisions with limited information, and remaining adaptable under often uncertain and complex conditions (Daspit et al., 2021).

Workshop with students of the University of Rwanda

As part of the DAAD-funded project KeyComp4Practice@RU by University of Koblenz and University of Rwanda Sophia had – thanks to Prof. Dr. v. Korflesch (University of Koblenz) - the chance to gain practical experiences with her research and conducted an interdisciplinary three-day workshop with students from Rwanda. Entitled "E101: The Project Factory", she addressed the topic of entrepreneurial mindset in its various facettes and looked at both central findings from research as well as interactive elements.

Mini interventions as a possible solutions for universities and companies

Current training programs are often characterized by long durations (>12 weeks). However, university teaching is characterized by short contact times of the teachers with students. All the more so, for companies only limited resources (time and money) are available for the further qualification of their employees. Therefore based on time critical mini-interventions, Sophias project aims towards deriving a training program for the development of an entrepreneurial mindset for both students and employees.

Introductory Literature

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