Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education
Enterprise education helps students and professionals to develop a conﬁdent mindset so that they can empathise, collaborate and make ideas happen. Entrepreneurship education focuses more on the key elements of developing a successful business or project. All of our products support and encourage students and teachers to start their entrepreneurial journey and flourish.
The Venture Entrepreneurship Programme (VEP) is a series of twenty competencies to develop entrepreneurial abilities. The programme aligns with the United Nations EMPRETEC programme, Entrecomp (EU), QAA Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education (UK), National Content Standards for Entrepreneurship Education (USA) and the National Curriculum Criteria (China) and is suitable for students from primary school to postgraduate, teachers, education policy makers, corporate entities and anyone who wants to make an idea happen.
The full programme includes 20 ninety minute workshops, divided into 4 categories:
In a world of social media and automation we remind ourselves that every solution an entrepreneur can solve is about humans. Understanding human needs and impact is essential to meaningful entrepreneurship.
The mind is a flexible, constantly-changing organ and understanding the science behind a “growth mindset” is essential to optimistic entrepreneurs. We look at the different ways people can navigate through the obstacles entrepreneurs face in day-to-day life.
The relationship we have with failure can be increasingly positive and constructive. We focus on how resilience is a key characteristic in those who successfully respond to and grow from failure.
One’s successful contribution to society begins with an honest, critical understanding of one’s current strengths and weaknesses. We use a variety of exercises to analyse and assess which personal abilities can be developed and which personal strengths that already exist can be applied in order to be a successful entrepreneur.
Forming a link between “personal growth” and “other people,” empathy is also vital moving from personal value creation to creating value for others. Strong entrepreneurs use empathy to best understand how they can provide valuable contributions to society.
Being able to communicate clearly and effectively is essential to every aspect of entrepreneurship from managing a team to negotiating with external stakeholders. We look at and analyse the specific components that make up effective communication.
Understanding the different relationships that we have in our lives, including family, friends, mentors, teachers and professional connections, and how they can make us more effective entrepreneurs.
Continuous learning is an important part of any project, so we look at design thinking and how it can beneﬁt thinking. We also focus on the greatest source of learning, other people, with ways to observe and listen most effectively.
Identifying resources and using them effectively is at the core of entrepreneurship. The three core resources that every entrepreneur must use well are who they are, what they know and who they know.
Deﬁning creativity in entrepreneurship helps to move the boundaries beyond art, design or words to new processes and networks. We consider why originality is essential and what makes something “innovative”.
Sustainable, ethical entrepreneurship revolves around creating value for other people through quality. We look at examples of different kinds of quality and how this fuels good ideas that impact the world.
One of the most constant, and most challenging aspects of operating an entrepreneurial project is change. Adaptability is essential for personal growth but it can also turn otherwise unsuccessful projects into a success.
It is common for people to focus on the value they create for themselves throughout their lives, but consciously creating value for others, for the environment, or for cultural or ﬁnancial purposes is what drives entrepreneurship.
Learners use the skills and knowledge absorbed in previous workshops to ﬁnd opportunities for entrepreneurial endeavours in their own lives, in alignment with the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
What does it mean to take initiative? And how do we take responsibility and accountability whilst collaborating with others? The ability, and conﬁdence, to fully take initiative is what separates entrepreneurs from others.
Thinking through every aspect of a project, dividing roles and empathising with every part of the user experience gives ideas the ability to grow. We work on different models, structures and goals for all kinds of entrepreneurial undertakings.
The other side of the coin, once everything is in place, is about making sure every aspect of a project is done as well as possible. How do entrepreneurs create effective systems that allow projects to run smoothly?
Managing and accepting risk, and failure, can be scary but being aware of your willingness to face risk and failure, as an individual and an organisation, allows entrepreneurs and their ventures to do what no one else dares.
One off events and special productions are great but building something that will have ongoing impact is difﬁcult. Sustainability looks at long-term organisational growth in the context of a healthy, peaceful planet.
A growth mindset allows you to learn or do anything you set your mind to; bending the universe means you can move the world around you to achieve anything. This is the key to changing the world.
A Design Thinking Hackathon is a focused design-sprint through which small teams develop new concepts, ideas and prototypes, employ intense creativity, critical thinking and collaboration under time pressure to change the world for the better. This bespoke experience is suitable for a variety of organisations from primary schools and after-school clubs, to high schools, universities and beyond. Through this exciting, inclusive and memorable process, participants gain real understanding of the problem-solving techniques applied by many of the world’s most successful innovators.