Promoting student enterprise: Reflections on a university start-up programme

Mason, C. , Anderson, M., Kessl, T. and Hruskova, M. (2020) Promoting student enterprise: Reflections on a university start-up programme. Local Economy, 35(1), pp. 68-79. (doi: 10.1177/0269094219894907)

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Universities now see the promotion of student and graduate start-ups as a key part of their role. This has two strands: (i) incorporating entrepreneurship education into the curriculum, and (ii) activities and infrastructure to support and accelerate the start-up process. There is now a substantial literature on the design, content, delivery and impact of entrepreneurship education. In contrast, little attention has been given to these issues in the context of student business start-up programmes. This paper describes and reflects on the outcomes of an ongoing small-scale start-up programme – the Santander Summer Company Programme at the University of Glasgow and offers a number of observations on the objectives, design and evaluation of such programmes. A key conclusion is that such programmes require to be part of a broader university entrepreneurial ecosystem and embedded within the wider local, regional and national entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mason, Professor Colin
Authors: Mason, C., Anderson, M., Kessl, T., and Hruskova, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Local Economy
ISSN (Online):1470-9325
Published Online:18 December 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in Local Economy 35(1):68-79
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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