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Experiential entrepreneurship education -state of the art (Coneeect Sofia)

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www.coneeect.eu - new EU-backed program to train new entrepreneurship educators in cutting-edge experiential learning. …

www.coneeect.eu - new EU-backed program to train new entrepreneurship educators in cutting-edge experiential learning.

Guest speakers this time included Allan Gibb, Gary Schoeniger [Ice House] and me.

Next event will be in Aberdeen, Scotland - check it out!

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  • 1. Educating Entrepreneurship Educators Coneeect is an international network of universities that offers training courses for academic entrepreneurship teachers to improve the Entrepreneurship Education across Europe. www.coneeect.eu http://bit.ly/13R0aYz
  • 2. The Experiential Essence of Entrepreneurial Cognition: How Understanding Entrepreneurial Thinking Enhances Teaching & Practice Norris Krueger, PhD – Entrepreneurship Northwest July 23, 2013 We’re Not Teaching Entrepreneurship (or Shouldn’t Be!) We Are Growing… Entrepreneurial Brains
  • 3. Sturgeon’s Law? • Do you want to be: • Above-average? • Top 10%? • Top 1%? • Are you sure? 
  • 4. Copernicus Redux? • Who invented kindergarten? • A Copernican revolution
  • 5. Three Revolutions? • Converging today…. How do humans actually learn important stuff? Practitioners leading the way Online/blended tools …and a 4th: moving from Novice to Expert (don’t you want to create experts? Don’t you want to BE an expert?)
  • 6. Experts’ Obsessions • Obsess over developing a truly entrepreneurial mindset – Not “stuff” – Not “skills” – Business models NOT plans • Obsess over deep co-immersion with the entrepreneurial community (a/k/a “Ecosystem”)
  • 7. What drives great things in… • Startup Weekend, Lean Launchpad, TechStars? •  exactly this • Best technology commercialization programs?  exactly this • The most successful entrepreneurial ecosystems? (e.g. Boulder or SV) •  exactly this • The A++ Entrepreneurship Programs  exactly this
  • 8. What the best programs do… • 1. Focus on mindset.. but not as buzzword • 2. Connecting students to ecosystem • 3. Connecting ourselves even more deeply • 4. And make connections two-way • “Engagement” –> Immersion • Immersion -> CO-immersion! • ACTION!
  • 9. Consider “lean startup” • Validate biz model… sure, but also.. • Change mindset at a deep level • Startup Weekend, TechStars – Full immersion • Peer support • Personal reflection – Co-Immersion with ecosystem • Expert mentors • Ecosystem feedback – Who & what is guiding all this? – And how do we do this… online?
  • 10. Sorry… there’s homework  • For now… • When you think about the entrepreneurial mindset – not skills, not info… Think DEEPER. How would you know someone had a more expert mindset? • What is different specifically? What are YOU facilitating in your class or activity? (pick one)
  • 11. WB Yeats “Learning is not about filling a pail; it’s about lighting a fire.” (but where does the spark come from?)
  • 12. Two Ways to Learn • Behavioristic • - fill the bucket • -define the buckets • • Constructivistic • - light the fire (or fan it!) • - assume knowledge structures evolve • (often discontinuously)
  • 13. Learners create their own buckets… – through… • personal reflection, • peer mentoring, • expert mentoring • ….based on authentic questions • “Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens.” -Epictetus
  • 14. Novice Expert Entrepreneurial Mindset Critical Developmental Experiences Change in WHAT we know (content) Change in HOW we know it (knowledge structures) Change in Deep Beliefs
  • 15. again…the best programs… • 1. Focus on mindset.. but not as buzzword • 2. Connecting students to ecosystem • 3. Connecting ourselves even more deeply • 4. And make connections two-way • “Engagement” –> Immersion • Immersion -> CO-immersion!
  • 16. More ed psych! Neergaard, Tanggaard, Krueger & Robinson (2013) Pedagogical Interventions in Entrepreneurship: from behaviourism to existential learning?
  • 17. What we are should be doing • Skills • Knowledge • Improving Intent • Mindset • Changing Deep Beliefs • Novice  Expert • Improving ACTION
  • 18. the “new” role of instructors
  • 19. Accelerating Learning • Problem-Based Learning (“authentic” questions) • Two overlapping themes: • IMMERSION – Action before thinking • MENTORING – Learn the right lessons – Expert mentors [and I do mean expert] – Peer mentors – Or THREE? Supportive ecosystem? – Social infrastructure; cognitive infrastructure – http://bit/ly/EcoSys
  • 20. MORE homework  • Remember that one change that contributes to a more entrepreneurial mindset – what’s different? • What CDE would YOU give learners the opportunity to make that change? • (You will never guess what I want to do this afternoon and EVERY afternoon…. )
  • 21. …. If you do it right, you will be called…. • A trouble-maker • A bomb-thrower • A boat-rocker • A…. Well, what do they say in your country? • But NO, you are not. You are a…. •Bildung Brandstifter!!
  • 22. If you want to get involved • in projects – research or applied? • Norris Krueger: – norris.krueger@gmail.com – @entrep_thinking – Facebook – LinkedIn
  • 23. Immersion/Mentoring • Chalmers/Gothenburg • NU Singapore • The Foundry (Utah) • TechStars (www.techstars.org) • Startup Weekend – www.startupweekend.org • Lean Startup – http://www.slideshare.net/sblank/successful- entrepreneurship-1
  • 24. So what IS this “entrepreneurial mindset” anyway?? • Crowdsourced list • Thoughts? Which are the hardest to change? – (More important for here... what can we measure?) Seeing opportunities, yes, but… • Seeing self as entrepreneur (role identity) • Strategic thinking • Dot-connecting / pattern recognition • Effectual thinking (bricolage, improv) • Optimist (attributional) • Metacognition • Counterfactual thinking • Bias for action (vs. FoF!) • Value creation as sine qua non (Market-pull?)

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