12x Tools for Entrepreneurial Learning

Last month, an online meet-up among educators of entrepreneurial education resulted in an overview of 150+ shared tools, methods and frameworks for Entrepreneurial Learning. In this article, the Centre for Entrepreneurship highlights twelve tools any higher education lecturer can use to make their course more entrepreneurial.

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150+ 'ingredients' for entrepreneurial education

12x Tools for Entrepreneurial Learning

Click on the tool, method or framework to find out more.

  1. Effectuation Theory
    A logic of thinking that serves entrepreneurs in taking action. Provides a way to control a future that is inherently unpredictable.
  2. Business Model Canvas
    The Business Model Canvas is a framework to help you understand a business model in a straightforward, structured way. 
  3. Value Proposition Canvas
    Understand your customers, including their pains & gains and what you can offer them.  
  4. The Mom Test
    Short video explaining how to get more learning and more sales out of your customer conversations. 
  5. The Lean Startup
    Provides a scientific approach to creating and managing startups and get a desired product to customers' hands faster. 
  6. Prototyping (at home)
    The TU/e Innovation Space comes to the rescue of teachers looking for a way to integrate prototyping into their online education.
  7. The EntreComp Framework
    Which skills and competences are entrepreneurial? Competence framework developed by the European Commision.
  8. Pitch Canvas
    An entrepreneurial brainstorming tool that helps you structure and visualise your pitch on one page. Or let your students pitch to investors.
  9. MoSCoW Prioritization
    Technique to help investigate the requirements of a project or release. Differentiate between must-haves, should-haves, could-haves and wishes.
  10. Negotiation Games
    Take a look at the Harvard Law School 'Teaching Negation Resource Center', with lots of material for students to play negotiation games.
  11. Causal Loop Diagrams
    Visualization tool to make clear unspoken mechanisms in content or processes in teams.
  12. The Complete Toolbox
    Extensive online toolbox with educational methods, sorted by purpose: team dynamic, field work, problem definition, idea generation, idea selection, concept development, test & prototyping or realisation.

Entrepreneurial Education Network

Interested to meet other entrepreneurship educators in higher education? Join the Entrepreneurial Education Network (EEN), one of the Strategic Alliance's initiatives. Several times a year we host free (online) meet-ups around entrepreneurial education so like-minded educators can learn from each other. Our meet-ups are highly interactive and aimed at networking.

The next EEN meet-up takes place on February 10th, online. Use the button below to sign up for the network's email updates.

For UU and UMCU teachers, the Utrecht University Centre for Entrepreneurship maintains a Special Interest Group about Entrepreneurial Learning. 

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