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Designing an Ecosystem for Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset Across Disciplines, Across Campus, and Across External Communities

Kevin O'Mara
23 Jun 2019
9:30 am - 10:15 am

Designing an Ecosystem for Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset Across Disciplines, Across Campus, and Across External Communities

The economy benefits greatly from start-ups. Too often, entrepreneurship is dismissed as a stand-alone discipline and not a crucial skill for all business students. Firms desperately want innovation which stems from an entrepreneurial mindset involving creativity, multidiscipline collaboration, ingenuity, and persuasion. Business schools should stop thinking of entrepreneurship as a silo, stop being a campus silo, and stop being a silo with respect to our communities. We need an integrated ecosystem supporting entrepreneurial mindsets. This presentation addresses what this entrepreneurial ecosystem might entail for a business school. It promotes a common entrepreneurial experience, utilizing a common methodology (e.g., Design Thinking), encouraging cross-campus collaboration, engaging students with external entrepreneurial organizations/events, and involvement with co-working spaces and K-12 school systems. Examples will illustrate these concepts in practice.

Presented by: Kevin O’Mara & Scott A. Kelly, Campbell University