What is it about?

This research followed an extracurricular university-wide competition, which provided consultant and faculty mentoring and resources in order to win start-up capital to potential student entrepreneurs, and followed the students through their personal development and the development of their enterprise ideas. The analysis of the development and impact is provided through qualitative analysis.

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Why is it important?

The research found that participants developed both entrepreneurial and enterprising skills and the process had the impact of demystifying the entrepreneurial process. The participants also built belief in their skills and abilities from working with consultant mentors, who supported and respected their ideas.


Providing access to experts and mentors provided the affirmation that students could realistically develop an enterprise, and helps them understand how their ideas can be turned into a business. After graduation, it often takes time for graduates to develop networks and the business self-efficacy to believe they can undertake the enterprise process. Real-world, experiential approaches can shorten the timeline between graduation and enterprise start-up for entrepreneurial students.

Professor Robin Bell
University of Worcester

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This page is a summary of: An enterprise opportunity for entrepreneurial students, Education + Training, August 2016, Emerald,
DOI: 10.1108/et-12-2014-0150.
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