Round table discussion at DEA: Education in innovative entrepreneurship – What is the role of universities?

Entrepreneurs play a significant role in the Danish economy. They sow the seeds of future jobs and solutions for the grand societal challenges of our time. However, creating more entrepreneurs is no guarantee of strengthening the national economy, according to a new review of the research literature.Most entrepreneurs do not employ personnel, are home-based, and earn low incomes (1).

Most new jobs and economic growth are generated by a small number of innovative, high-growth ventures. According to research, innovative entrepreneurship is different from other forms of entrepreneurship and requires different skills. But which skills are needed to succeed as an entrepreneur in an innovative start-up?

Politically, the Danish government has focused on entrepreneurship initiatives since 2002, increasingly stressing the need for exposing more students to entrepreneurship through the university education (2). But how and to what extent can universities be effective in building these skills?

DEA and the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Chair in Entrepreneurship will host a roundtable discussion on the skills needed to succeed as an innovative entrepreneur, and the role of Danish universities in educating future generations of innovative entrepreneurs. In other words, the roundtable will focus on innovative entrepreneurs with a university degree.

The aim of the roundtable discussion is to provide DEA (3) with input to further qualify the public debate on strengthening the skills of the innovative entrepreneur. The roundtable discussion is prompted by the recent literature review on innovative entrepreneurs by J. Block, C. Fisch, and C. Mirjam van Praag. The discussion will be opened by a short introduction on what we know about university education in innovative entrepreneurship by Professor Mirjam van Praag, Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller Professor of Entrepreneurship at Copenhagen Business School.

The roundtable discussion will be held in English and take place on March 9 from 14.00-17.00, at Fiolstræde 44, room 4C, 1171 København K.

Participants in the roundtable discussion
1. Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Professor of Entrepreneurship at Copenhagen Business School, Mirjam van Praag
2. Søren Nedergaard, Head of Division, Danish Agency for Higher Education
3. Pernille Berg, Head of Research, Analysis & Higher Education, The Danish  Foundation for Entrepreneurship

Innovative entrepreneurs
4. Matias Møl Dalsgaard, PhD, CEO/Co-Founder of GoMore
5. Jon Friis, Founder & Innovation Manager of Miiskin
6. Rune Schostag Nielsen, COO and Co-founder at Volt ApS
7. Jonas Nilsen, Founder and CEO at Vaccination Europe ApS

University representatives engaged in entrepreneurship for students
8. Alan Irwin, Professor, Vice-president of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Copenhagen Business School
9. Anne Sofie Dahlmann Breindahl, Project manager, AU Research Support and External Relations, Aarhus University
10. Carsten Nico Portefée Hjortsø, Associate Professor, project manager for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UCPH, University of Copenhagen
11. Morten Dahlgaard, Senior Consultant, AAU Innovation & Research Support, SEA

(1) Joern H. Block, Christian O. Fisch, and Mirjam van Praag, “The Schumpeterian Entrepreneur: A Review of the Empirical Evidence on the Antecedents, Behaviour and Consequences of Innovative Entrepreneurship,” Industry and Innovation, August 9, 2016, 1–35, doi:10.1080/13662716.2016.1216397.
(2) DEA, “Entreprenørskab På Universiteterne – Fra Vision Til Hverdag,” 2014, http://dea.nu/sites/dea.nu/files/dea_-_entreprenoerskab_paa_universiteterne_-_fra_vision_til_hverdag_2014.pdf.
(3) Learn more about the Think Tank DEA: http://dea.nu/taenketanken-dea/the-think-tank-dea

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