GO FOR IT. ANALYZING THE IMPACT OF ENTREPRENEURIAL AWARENESS PROGRAMMES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DEUSTO (SPAIN). THE CASE OF INGENIO AND EKIN-IT

A. Arruti Gómez, G. Azanza

University of Deusto (SPAIN)
Nowadays, universities are increasing their efforts to foster entrepreneurship awareness programmes in order to promote the entrepreneurial intention and entrepreneurial activity of their students. However, research on the consequences of those programmes in the real entrepreneurial activity is still scarce. Thus, the purpose of this study is to do a follow-up of the participants of two Entrepreneurship Programmes for undergraduates from the University of Deusto by analyzing their entrepreneurial activity up to 5 years after the completion of the programme. 90 former participants (75% of the participants) of the Ingenio and Ekin-IT programmes participated in the study. Results show that 20% of the working participants have created a company and 54% are working in entrepreneurship-related areas (e.g., intrapreneurship, innovation departments, entrepreneurship research and education). Moreover, proactiveness was found to predict the entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial activity and the entrepreneurial intention of the participants. Our results provide an initial promising perspective of the consequences of entrepreneurship programmes at the university level.