Progress requires entrepreneurs – individuals who act on ideas and opportunities and transform them into value for others. The ability to do this is not an innate talent but a mindset and a range of skills that need to be assimilated.
At Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship
the students work hands on with real-life projects and innovative ideas. By integrating personal development with business development they become resourceful, action-oriented individuals – they become true entrepreneurs.
Involving entrepreneurs at an early stage in the innovation process is a powerful approach. They act as catalysts for change and extend the boundaries for what can be done. This enables more promising ideas and inventions to be implemented in industry and society. Graduates from Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship help organisations large and small to realise the potential of innovative ideas that create value, whether it be financial, cultural or social.
Starting small – ending big
What is the subject of your research?
– I am researching into how we can make people more entrepreneurial. In contrast to the common belief that entrepreneurs are born, we see every year at Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship that we can turn people into entrepreneurs. My job is to try to understand how and why this happens and to find the hidden ‘recipe’ so that we can apply it throughout society.
How can we make people more entrepreneurial?
– My research shows that it requires emotionally charged experiences. If we ask students to create innovative value for people outside the classroom, they embark on an emotional roller-coaster that makes them more motivated and more entrepreneurial. We call it ‘value creation pedagogy’. Considering how rare this is today,
I think this approach could revolutionise education by allowing for higher perceived relevancy and much deeper learning. Having more entrepreneurial individuals in the community is an added bonus.
Do you have entrepreneurial experience?
– I am an alumnus from the Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship class of 2001. As an assignment we set up a company called Vehco
to develop fleet management systems for commercial vehicles. After eight years as head of sales and CEO I wanted to do something else, and I returned to Chalmers to do research. By then Vehco had 50 employees and my time was no longer spent on the type of innovative work I enjoy. Today Vehco is one of the top European players in its sector.
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