Criteria list

 

This criteria list for good practice in entrepreneurship support in universities is directed to those who are designing strategies and infrastructure for academic entrepreneurship support; and to those who are active in entrepreneurship education and start-up support at universities and their partner organisations. It can be read as a tool to self-assess and re-orient the following six dimensions of academic entrepreneurship support:

  Strategy
  Financial and human resources
  Support infrastructure
  Entrepreneurship education
  Start-up support
  Evaluation approach

 

 

 

Strategy

Principles

1. A broad understanding of entrepreneurship is a strategic objective of the university, and there is top-down support for it.

2. Objectives of entrepreneurship education and start-up support include generating entrepreneurial attitudes, behaviour and skills, as well as enhancing growth entrepreneurship (both high-tech and low-tech).

3. There are clear incentives and rewards for entrepreneurship educators, professors and researchers, who actively support graduate entrepreneurship (mentoring, sharing of research results, etc.).

4. Recruitment and career development of academic staff takes into account entrepreneurial attitudes, behaviour and experience as well as entrepreneurship support activities.

 

 

Resources

Principles

1. A minimum long-term financing of staff costs and overheads for graduate entrepreneurship is agreed as part of the university’s budget.

2. Self-sufficiency of university internal entrepreneurship support is a goal.

3. Human resource development for entrepreneurship educators and staff involved in entrepreneurship start-up support is in place.

 

 

Support infrastructure

Principles

1. An entrepreneurship dedicated structure within the university (chair, department, support centre) is in place, which closely collaborates, co-ordinates and integrates faculty-internal entrepreneurship support and ensures viable cross-faculty collaboration.

2. Facilities for business incubation either exist on the campus or assistance is offered to gain access to external facilities.

3. There is close co-operation and referral between university-internal and external business start-up and entrepreneurship support organisations; roles are clearly defined.

 

 

Entrepreneurship education

Principles

1. Entrepreneurship education is progressively integrated into curricula and the use of entrepreneurial pedagogies is advocated across faculties.

2. The entrepreneurship education offer is widely communicated, and measures are undertaken to increase the rate and capacity of take-up.

3. A suite of courses exists, which uses creative teaching methods and is tailored to the needs of undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students.

4. The suite of courses has a differentiated offer that covers the pre-start-up phase, the start-up phase and the growth phase. For certain courses active recruitment is practiced.

5. Out-reach to Alumni, business support organisations and firms are a key component of entrepreneurship education.

6. Results of entrepreneurship research are integrated into entrepreneurship education messages.

 

 

Start-up support

Principles

1. Entrepreneurship education activities and start-up support are closely integrated.

2. Team building is actively facilitated by university staff.

3. Access to private financing is facilitated through networking and dedicated events.

4. Mentoring by professors and entrepreneurs is offered.

5. University-internal entrepreneurship support is closely integrated into external business support partnerships and networks and maintains close relationships with firms and alumni.

 

 

Evaluation

Principles

 

1. Regular stock-taking and performance checking of entrepreneurship activities is undertaken.

2. Evaluation of entrepreneurship activities is formalised and includes immediate (post-course), mid-term (graduation), and long-term (alumni and post-start-up) monitoring of the impact.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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