The training programme “Unleashing the Entrepreneurial Spirit” is different from
other entrepreneurship programmes.
The author of this web site believes that the individual person /study group
must be actively involved in entrepreneurial activity if proper
entrepreneurial learning can take place. This means that the students must try to
start a business or act as if they want to start a business.
This view of entrepreneurship education is built from years of experience and
from solid theoretical studies.
Olsen and Bosserman (1984, 53) says that “individuals will exhibit
entrepreneurial behaviour when they possess a combination of three attributes”,
- Role orientation - emphasising effectiveness
- Abilities - to think both intuitively and rationally
- Motivation - the driving force behind action
According to Alain Fayolle (2002) to achieve these, it seems necessary to
adopt an approach to learning that:
- Gives participants ownership of their learning, including negotiating with
their tutor, their own learning objectives, the resources, etc.
- Involves participants in problem-solving in real-world situations,
possibly in teams
- Encourages participants to formulate decisions on data which are immediate,
incomplete, “dubious” and, as appropriate, personally generated
- Provides participants with role models who are involved in both the
learning and assessment processes
This approach to learning is deeply founded in the Scandinavian educational
tradition and is the basis for our approach to entrepreneurship education.
Goal of training programme
The goal of the training programme “Unleashing the Entrepreneurial Spirit” is:
- To provide the participants the understanding that they themselves
can create a business and give them the tools to carry out this
It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.
– Grace Hopper, American computer scientist