TITLE

Patterns in Student Business Ideas: Experience at the University of Thessaly

AUTHOR(S)
Skayannis, Pantoleon; Stamboulis, Yeoryios; Rodakinias, Petros; Kaparos, Yeoryios; Zygoura, Anna
PUB. DATE
January 2010
SOURCE
Proceedings of the European Conference on Entrepreneurship & Inn;2010, p547
SOURCE TYPE
Conference Proceeding
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Since 2003, drawing funds from the Operational Programme on Education and Initial Vocational Training, education in entrepreneurship and innovation was (uniformly) introduced into non-economic Schools and Departments in Greek Higher Education Institutions. Entrepreneurship education was introduced in the form of a Programme, which involved entrepreneurship courses, as well as related support activities (e.g. mentoring, production site visits etc.). One such (interdepartmental) Programme commenced in 2003 in the University of Thessaly and is currently at its 7th year of operation. Business ideas proposals were an integral part of the Programme and, over the course of time, more than 350 business ideas were submitted (in either idea proposal form or business plan form) by University of Thessaly students participating in the Programme. The purpose of this paper is to examine those business ideas, using descriptive statistics methods, in order to determine and identify patterns regarding the subject and the quality of the proposed business ideas. At the same time, an attempt is made to correlate any emerging patterns to a variety of factors, such as (but not limited to) field of studies, student team number of participants and synthesis, main instructors background, maturity of the Programme etc. The identified patterns and correlated factors can be extremely helpful in determining successful practices or failures in the implementation of entrepreneurship education endeavours and allow for improvements in the approach of students coming from different fields of study. Additionally, differences between the students' perception of entrepreneurship and actual entrepreneurial practices may be revealed.
ACCESSION #
53491856

 

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