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Can We Teach Entrepreneurship?

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As an entrepreneurship educator I'm often faced with the question "Can we teach entrepreneurship?". I prepared this presentation to share my thoughts on it at Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016 in Qatar.

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  • Great presentation Emad. The most important thing is HOW as in your slide #44. Anybody have this HOW? and a bigger question is to whom? teach it for university students or kids in K12? or teach it to the public for working people in real life? I agree entrepreneurship can be taught but not as a systematic set of approaches ... it only can be taught in different sense that involves opening window to people (including K12 students) about their life choices and how to handle the waves of life ocean. Next teaching the approaches is just a matter of reading books. Even Babson at University level is too late this must start at school.
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  • Entrepreneurship is not something that can be taught, proper training and education can help improve the entrepreneurial skills.
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Can We Teach Entrepreneurship?

  1. 1. Emad Saif Center for Entrepreneurship Qatar University CAN WE ENTREPRENEURSHIP? TEACH #GEWQATAR @QUCFE
  2. 2. ENTREPRENEURSHIP
  3. 3. ENTREPRENEURSHIP Is important
  4. 4. ENTREPRENEURSHIP Create jobs Economic growth Source of innovation Personal development
  5. 5. ENTREPRENEURSHIP TREND
  6. 6. ENTREPRENEURSHIP TREND 23 Million Businesses in USA 40 Million Jobs in the past 30 years 49% Increase since 1982 www.topcollegeonline.org
  7. 7. ENTREPRENEURSHIP COURSES In the past 40 years … 104 600 5,000+ Universities that have entrepreneur courses in 1975 Schools that have entrepreneur courses in 1986 Courses in entrepreneurship offered at 2,600 schools by 2013 www.topcollegeonline.org
  8. 8. ENTREPRENEURSHIP TREND 0 50 100 150 200 250 Fall 2012 Spring 2013 Fall 2013 Spring 2014 Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Fall 2015 Spring 2016 Fall 2016 Minor in Entrepreneurship Total Students
  9. 9. identifying meaningful problems and executing on novel solutions ENTREPRENEURSHIP NOT solely on the creation of new businesses
  10. 10. Can we teach a person to become an entrepreneur? ENTREPRENEUR EDUCATION person Entrepreneur
  11. 11. NEED MORE ENTREPRENEURS!
  12. 12. CAN WE ENTREPRENEURSHIP? TEACH
  13. 13. YOU CAN’T OH YES, WE CAN
  14. 14. Entrepreneurs are born not made
  15. 15. Entrepreneurship can’t be taught in classrooms like other subjects
  16. 16. Academics are not fit to teach Entrepreneurship
  17. 17. Entrepreneurs don’t need education … look at Zuckerberg, Jobs and Gates!
  18. 18. Where are the success stories?WHERE ARE THE SUCCESS STORIES?
  19. 19. VALID ARGUMENTS
  20. 20. QUALITY OF ENTREP-EDUCATION WHO is teaching WHAT is being taught HOW it is being taught WHO is learning it ENTREPRENEURSHIP ECOSYSTEM
  21. 21. WHO is teaching • Do entrepreneurship educators have entrepreneurial experience? • Can they teach and inspire? • Are they relatable to local aspiring entrepreneurs? • Are they actively involved in the entrepreneurship ecosystem?
  22. 22. Management Professor Industry Expert Guest Entrepreneur ? Entrepreneurial Experience Work Experience Teaching Experience Charisma & influence Active Network WHO CAN TEACH ENTREPRENUERSHIP? + + + + ENTREPRENUERSHIP EDUCATOR
  23. 23. WHAT is being taught • What information are we teaching our students? (i.e. business concepts & theory) • What skills are we teaching our students? (i.e. writing a business plan, negotiate, pitch ideas) • What can’t we teach our students? (i.e. be creative, take risk, have a vison)
  24. 24. TEACHABLE Negotiation Business Planning Pitching Market Research Write a business plan NOT TEACHABLE Passion Creativity Taking Risk Perseverance Vision Not implementable by everyone
  25. 25. Divergent Thinking (Using Imagination) Convergent Thinking (Using logic) Lateral Thinking (Using both) IDEA IDEA IDEA IDEA IDEA IDEA ANSWERQUESTION FACT FACT FACT FACT FACT FACT DEVELOP LATERAL THINKING INSTEAD OF TRADITIONAL THINKING
  26. 26. SHIFT FOCUS TO SOFT SKILLS INSTEAD OF JUST TECHNICAL BUSINESS SKILLS
  27. 27. HOW it is being taught • Are we applying best practices & using latest entrepreneurship tools? • Are we emphasizing practice or theory? • Are we localizing our teaching approach or just copying others? • Are we evaluating our performance and improving our approach?
  28. 28. “ What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing ” - Aristotle
  29. 29. BABSON COLLEGE ranked 1st in Entrepreneurship Began offering its Entrepreneurship program in 1967
  30. 30. Play Empathy CreationExperimentation Reflection ENTREPRENEURSHIP PRACTICE
  31. 31. TEACHING USING QUILTS & PUZZLES
  32. 32. SUCCESS STORIES UNIQUE ECOSYSTEMS • Berkeley offers incubator support to startups • MIT allows independent activity periods for hands-on experience across campus • Cornell combines courses across disciplines containing entrepreneurship content to create degree • Harvard offers MBAs
  33. 33. SHIFT FOCUS TO MORE INTERACTIVITY & LESS THEORY
  34. 34. WHO is learning it • Who are interested in learning entrepreneurship? (students, entrepreneurs, employees, educators …etc. • What are their demographics? • What are their skills? Any previous startup experience? • What are their motivations & goals?
  35. 35. “ It’s not whether we can teach entrepreneurship, of course we can do that. It’s who you can teach it to ” Steve Blank Silicon Valley serial-entrepreneur
  36. 36. 11.5 million Entrepreneurs in USA Average Age: 40 95% Bachelor's degree 47% Advanced degree THE ENTREPRENEURIAL DEMOGRAPHICS www.topcollegeonline.org
  37. 37. THE WAY FORWARD
  38. 38. NOT strictly to produce entrepreneurs OUR GOAL as entrepreneurship educators Inspire people to learn about entrepreneurship & their role in it
  39. 39. Can we teach a person to become an entrepreneur? ENTREPRENEUR EDUCATION person Entrepreneur think entrepreneurially? Entrepreneurial person
  40. 40. ENTREPRENEUR EDUCATION Entrepreneurial person Entrepreneur Intrepreneur Social Entrepreneur Supporter
  41. 41. THE WAY FORWARD 1. DEVELOP OUR ENTREPRENEURIAL EDUCATION • Who is teaching it? • What is being taught? • How it’s being taught? • Who is learning it? • How to build the ecosystem? 2. MEASURE SUCCESS DIFFERENTLY • Entrepreneurial Mindset not just number of startups 3. HIGHLIGHT & SUPPORT LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS 4. SET REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS ABOUT ENTREPRENEURSHIP • Building a successful entrepreneurial ecosystem takes time
  42. 42. CAN WE ENTREPRENEURSHIP? TEACH YES, WE CAN!
  43. 43. STILL LEARNING  HOW WE ENTREPRENEURSHIP? TEACH
  44. 44. Emad Saif Center for Entrepreneurship Qatar University @esaif | www.emadsaif.com THANK YOU! #GEWQATAR @QUCFE

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