ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION. AN INNOVATIVE TEACHING APPROACH

F. Galan

ETEA, Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences (SPAIN)
"Unless students go to bed at night and feel their spines sweat, they [will] never know what it feels like to be an entrepreneur" (Kuratoko, 2003). While it may not be possible or necessary to have our students feel their spines sweat, the authors have experienced the challenges of trying to convey the entrepreneurial experience in the classroom, which is teaching someone to swim without a pool.
From the authors’ perspective Entrepreneurship education differ from teaching other Business Administrations courses. Through classical lecturers it is not possible to teach skills for Entrepreneurs, we think. Bearing it in mind we have developed a set of activities in order to help students to improve their entrepreneurial potential.
This paper shows the innovative methodology that has been applied at ETEA (Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences, Córdoba, Spain) in order to try adding experiential based training on entrepreneurship to 5th year students.
Those students are Business Administration students, which means the most of them will get, and are willing to get, a job in a Corporation. This makes the challenge more interesting and the theme of this paper is to show how ETEA is facing this challenge.