Universities need more entrepreneurship in the arts

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Universities should increase the entrepreneurship taught in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, according to a recent report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The review looked at five higher education institutes selected by the Department of Education and the OECD …” (more)

[Shauna Bowers, Irish Times, 8 November]

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Students fear they lack skills to set up business

Posted in Research on March 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Many third-level students want to set up their own businesses after graduation, but college supports to do so might be lacking, a new study suggests. While one-in-six have the strongest ambitions to start their own ventures in the future, barely half said their college encouraged entrepreneurial activities …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 21 March]

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Sáez-Martínez, González-Moreno and Hogan, ‘The Role of the university in eco-entrepreneurship: evidence from the eurobarometer survey on attitudes of European entrepreneurs towards eco-innovation’

Posted in Research on January 30th, 2016 by steve

IrelandAbstract: There is an increasing social and political awareness of the importance of sustainable innovations. Strategic partnerships between policy makers, businesses, researchers and citizens are key to developing, implementing and applying eco-innovation, essential for the transition to a competitive green economy. Within this innovation ecosystem, universities can play a central role in creating viable alternative models that are driven by environmental sustainability. Based on evidence from the first survey on Eco-innovation in Europe ‘The Eurobarometer 315 Survey on Attitudes of European Entrepreneurs towards Eco-Innovation’, the present paper examines the impact of university collaboration on eco-innovating small firms. It also considers how technology push, demand side factors and the regulatory framework, drive eco-innovation in European SMEs. This paper has several implications for managers, as well as for policy makers. For managers, it should be stressed that collaboration with universities is essential to drive all types of eco-innovations. Our findings also suggest that national government should foster cooperation with universities following EU example (eg. European Innovation Partnership in EcoAP), as national policies based on subsidies and fiscal incentives appear to be ineffective.

[DORAS, 28 January]

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New Dean of Trinity Business School Delivers Inaugural Address

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Professor Andrew Burke, the new Dean of Trinity Business School, delivered a lecture this evening on the evolution of the research and practice of entrepreneurship. He criticised the tendency of governments and businesses to mimic outdated forms of innovative behaviour, and argued instead for what he calls ‘new entrepreneurship’ …” (more)

[Daniel O’Brien, University Times, 12 October]

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UCC president Dr Michael Murphy explains why dropping out of college might be a good idea

Posted in Research on October 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“In fostering an entrepreneurial spirit among students and graduates at University College Cork (UCC), university president Dr Michael Murphy explains why the university is actually encouraging students to drop out and form start-ups …” (more, video)

[Connor McKenna, Silicon Republic, 10 October]

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‘University Ecosystems and the Entrepreneurial University’

Posted in Research on September 26th, 2015 by steve

Abstract: The role of universities is changing. In the last century, the primary focus areas of universities were education and research with key goals of creating and diffusing information and knowledge. Now, a third and equally important role, expectation and responsibility is emerging – that of value creation. Value in this context refers to both business value and societal value. With increasing scrutiny of funding into the third-level sector, governments and the public alike are expecting more accountability and proof of added value from universities. The use of a University Ecosystem approach can unleash much of the potential energy in universities and transform it into kinetic energy, with graduates not just emerging in a state of readiness to be an employee, but often as highly motivated entrepreneurs with business or social innovation initiatives in flight. An ecosystem can be defined as a network of interdependent organisations or people in a specific environment with partly shared perspectives, resources, aspirations and directions. The ecosystems with the biggest critical mass and the greatest velocity will have the most linear momentum and will ultimately win. This form of new posture equates to what Etzkowitz (2004) and Andersson, Curley and Formica (2010) term the entrepreneurial university.

Curley, Martin and Formica, Piero (2012) University Ecosystems and the Entrepreneurial University. White Paper, August 2012.

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Entrepreneurial education

Posted in Teaching on August 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I was not surprised to see a negative response to Ibec’s suggestion that teachers should receive entrepreneurial training. If there is one thing (and there really is only one thing) that unites the left in this country it is its persistent demonisation of entrepreneurs and businesses …” (more)

[David McGinn, Irish Times, 26 August]

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Entrepreneurial training

Posted in Teaching on August 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Ibec has called for teachers to get entrepreneurial training (‘Ibec calls on teachers to be trained in entrepreneurial thinking’, August 20th). Anyone not reading past the headline might baulk at the suggestion …” (more)

[Letters from Peter Lydon and JD Mangan, Irish Times, 25 August]

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Time to promote entrepreneurial thinking in education

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The need for entrepreneurship has never been more widely acknowledged than it is now. In September 2014 the Government launched a national policy statement on Entrepreneurship in Ireland which singled out the education system as having a critical influence in shaping entrepreneurial attributes from an early age. Ibec has developed a set of recommendations to turn this aspiration into a reality …” (more)

[Ibec, 20 August]

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Higher Education Courses Provision – Entrepreneurship

Posted in Teaching on April 23rd, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she will instruct third level colleges to implement procedures to include entrepreneurship as part of the third level curriculum for students, in both business and non-business courses; and if she will ensure that such initiatives are mainstreamed and embedded in every higher and further education institution here …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 21 April]

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Taking small business owners for a ride to get them and universities to interact

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Entrepreneur seeks to bridge gap between universities and SMEs. Ron Immink is quite possibly one of Dublin’s busiest entrepreneurs, running smallbusinesscan.com, bookbuzz.biz and also working with the event management company Platinum Events …” (more)

[Caroline Madden, Irish Times, 13 April]

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The micro-institutional dynamics of entrepreneurship in the university

Posted in Research on November 27th, 2014 by steve

IrelandAbstract: This study explores how micro-institutional dynamics shape the entrepreneurial propensity of academics in the university context. The study was motivated by the need for greater understanding of the micro-foundations of the entrepreneurial university, and the potentially significant role of micro-level dynamics in the emergence and proliferation of entrepreneurial behaviour in academia … (more)

[NUI Galway Theses (Phd Theses), October 2014]

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Teaching Entrepeneurship Revisited (Guest Post)

Posted in Teaching on September 23rd, 2014 by steve

Entrepreneurs are made, not born; but not all can be made entrepreneurs. The ever open-minded, and non-ideological, Greg Foley has accepted my offer of a blog commenting on his recent post on entrepreneurship, in which I would like to add to some of his contentions …” (more)

[Joe McDonagh, educationandstuff, 23 September]


We need to teach entrepeneurship

Posted in Teaching on September 13th, 2014 by steve

IrelandYou can’t teach entrepreneurship! is the common response to this suggestion. It’s as if you were suggesting that everyone be taught to run as fast as Usain Bolt or play football like Lionel Messi. Entrepreneurs are born not made it’s claimed. Being an entrepreneur is in your blood! …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 12 September]


University College Dublin ranked fifth university in Europe for producing VC-backed entrepreneurs

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2014 by steve

“University College Dublin (UCD) has been ranked fifth in a list of European universities that have produced VC-backed undergraduates, according to a new report just published by PitchBook …” (more)

[Karina Corbett, Business and Leadership, 4 September]

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Why the rush to replace Universities with Innoversities …?

Posted in Research on July 12th, 2014 by steve

“Ireland, or at least the government, is in the grip of a frenzy around entrepreneurship. From local government, through the higher education system, to the highest in the land, hardly a day goes by without some new band jumping on the wagon …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 12 July]

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Lessons from capitalism: the Provost’s new plan

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2014 by steve

“Trinity’s Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast, told the Irish Independent that he wanted to build a €70m business school and have students from all disciplines take classes in entrepreneurship. His plan is out of touch on many levels …” (more)

[Naoise Dolan, Trinity News, 20 June]

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LIT launches Ryan Entrepreneurship Fund for start-ups on Tipperary campus

Posted in Research on June 13th, 2014 by steve

“A new seed investment fund for start-up companies on LIT’s Tipperary campuses has been established in honour of the late Dr Tony Ryan …” (more)

[Grainne Rothery, Business and Leadership, 12 June]

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Dragons to lure more third-level students into the den

Posted in Research on December 4th, 2013 by steve

“… When it returns to television screens in the New Year, the hugely successful Dragons’ Den plans to devote a show to the endless array of creative ideas emerging from higher education …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 December]


CIT start-ups credited with generating 2,500 jobs over 15 years

Posted in Teaching on November 27th, 2013 by steve

“More than 250 companies have graduated from entrepreneurship programmes at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) since 1998 and between them they have generated 2,500 jobs, it was claimed today …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 27 November]

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