July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
This paper reports the results of a mixed-methods study of the factors leading students at a large public Hispanic-serving university, with a student body comprising primarily commuters, to choose an entrepreneurially oriented engineering major and to choose to pursue a startup. The study interviewed 36 lower-division engineering students, of whom 11 were enrolled in an engineering major with a significant emphasis on entrepreneurship and 25 were enrolled in other engineering majors. Structured interviews of covered the participants’ family background, their motivations for enrolling in their major, their expectations with respect to career (including startups), their attitudes toward risk, and reflection on the interview. In the course of the interviews, participants were asked to rate their risk tolerance and their interest in pursuing a startup. Analysis of the interviews suggests that the principal indicator of entrepreneurial intent was interest in a startup, that most students’ perceptions of the desirability of startups are negative, that students see lack of knowledge and preparation and lack of resources as the biggest barriers to launching a startup, and that students are held back by lack of confidence, fear of failure, and the perception that startups require too much time and effort. These factors can be addressed through a suite of programs and policies.
Novick, D. G., & Ramirez, N. A., & Realyvasquez, M. A. (2021, July), Entrepreneurial Intent in Commuter-school Students Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37091
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