"EQ-THINKING" MODEL: Where business meets new generation. Re-designing curriculum using “Smart Practice” concept at Vytautas Magnus university Centre for Enterprise Practice.

An example how to develop entrepreneurial mindset and design experiences of students, complementing it with business know-how.

Osvaldas Stripeikis
Vytautas Magnus university Centre for Enterprise Practice

Liudas Svipas
Vytautas Magnus university Centre for Enterprise Practice

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Background and Objectives
The Centre for Enterprise Practice (CEP) as public Institution was established in 2014 by Vytautas Magnus university. It is an open and goal-seeking organisation, that is constantly searching for new adventures, and in the meantime, it uses brave interactive and world-renowned creativity techniques and looks for new business and social ideas.

After only 4 years Centre for Enterprise Practice is considered to be one of the leading organisations in Lithuania – fostering entrepreneurial mindset; implementing creative and experience-based methods into curriculum and creating innovative academia – business – city community ecosystem.

Core approach of all activities, programmes, curriculum and projects are based on “EQ-Thinking” Model. It consist of three steps, which could be described as “Experience” – “Create” – “Initiate”. Each phase is supported with certain methodologies and equipped with toolboxes.

Model is based on these pedagogical approaches:
• Experiential learning
• Experience design.
• Human-centred.
• Learning by doing.
• Personal development.
• Inter-disciplinarity.

“EQ-Thinking Model is supported by two ecosystems: “Smart Practice” and “Multicultural field”. “Smart Practice” is supporting system of the Model, for developing value-creating partnerships between students and business communities, which combines “real-life” challenges and cases together with learning processes and individual / group experiences of the students.

The Model is implemented in various projects and activities on national and international levels:
 “Entrepreneurship Academy”. 1,5 year experience-based programme with an innovative curriculum structure, which is based on community of students, teachers, practitioners, trainers, mentors, alumni. There we provide our students with tools and spaces, where their projects and ideas become real. The academy includes such study modules as – “Experience design”; “Idea design”, “Impact design” and “Smart Practice”.
 “Creativity LAB”. Junior concept of “Entrepreneurship academy”, providing schoolchildren (15-18 years old) with tools, where they can generate and experiment with social ideas.
 “SMART PRACTICE”. A new internship approach and system for developing value-creating partnerships between students – communities - business or social organisation.
 "International summer internship programm".1 - month experiential journey for students from all over the world, during which they develop creative thinking competencies and together with best Lithuanian companies, solve real-life challenges and cases.
 “Idea HUB”. Business and social ideas acceleration platform.

Centre creates a community, who lives and breathes the ideas of entrepreneurship and is wholeheartedly interested in them. CEP unites over 1000 alumni of our Entrepreneurship Academy, 160 of our current students and a network of over 90 companies well known in Lithuania and abroad, 100+ solved challenges of companies and organisations, and over 40 academics and professionals that help students solving the problems along the way. In 2018, CEP’s project “Entrepreneurship Academy” won in the category of Investments in Entrepreneurship Skills in the European Enterprise Promotion Awards, recognized as one of the best experiences in the continent.

Our target group are students from any field and level of studies, who desire for adventure has strong motivation, willingness to re-design own experience and be active team-member. Profile of our alumni can be described as change-makers, leaders, social entrepreneurs, open-minded adventurers and young researchers who like to learn from experience, and real challenging situations. The key to this are main values: partnership, initiative, curiosity, self-expression.