June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
26.973.1 - 26.973.13
Instilling the Entrepreneurial Mindset by International Development Project WorkAbstractThe entrepreneurial mindset has a number of attributes including curiosity about the worldaround you, discovery of opportunities, prototyping and vetting technology/business solutionsand then executing on the venture. International development projects offer many possibilities tolearn about an environment that students are not used to seeing and through observation, seeopportunities for technology-based solutions to developing world problems. We have used thismethodology for several senior design projects in the past and more recently have developedcourses specifically to develop these attributes in electrical and computer engineering students.A two course sequence has been piloted for the first time this year. In the first course, taken bystudents in their junior year, the students are given the cultural context in a developing country(in particular, the present course’s focus has been on Nicaragua). This topic is followed by aSpring break trip to Nicaragua and the students live out in rural communities to discoverpotential projects that have technical merit and offer potential business opportunities. The projectproposals are then developed by students from a US university and a Nicaraguan university.In the second course, in parallel with the actual project design, the students take a business modeldevelopment course to understand business models and how to produce them. They then use thisknowledge to develop a business model for their particular projects.In the paper, details of the two courses will be presented along with student outcomes beingmeasured in terms of how well the entrepreneurial mindset is being instilled.
Singh, P., & Moncada, M. V. (2015, June), Instilling the Entrepreneurial Mindset by International Development Project Work Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24310
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