Sustainable Entrepreneurship Education - SDGs as inspiration for entrepreneurship education

Bart van Grevenhof
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Ingrid Wakkee
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Entrepreneurship education has become widespread across Higher Education institutes (HEIs). Many HEI’s are encouraging their students to start their own business after graduation or even as part of the curriculum. As a consequence, the share of students exhibiting entrepreneurial intentions and or actual entrepreneurial behavior has increased significantly over the past decade (Wilson, Kickul, & Marlino, 2007; Nabi, Liñán, Fayolle, Krueger, & Walmsley, 2017). While this is in line with policy advice and economic development agendas of many countries that emphasis business startup (and growth) the question now becomes whether entrepreneurship education is actually producing the ‘right type of entrepreneurs’. Entrepreneurs who are able to cope with or rather even drive the major economic, soci(et)al and environmental (grant) challenges that we are facing and who are focusing on creating sustainable impact rather only profits.

In this workshop we will address how the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) can serve as the basis for the next generation of entrepreneurship education programs at HEIs. On the basis of examples and experiments we will engage the audience to think of ways in which these SDG's can serve as a basis for inspiration, ideation and impact creation for and by students. We will show how an emphasis on SDG's in entrepreneurship education enables us to prepare the next generation of entrepreneurs and build a more sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem. The questions that we address during this workshop include:
• How can we educate the next generation of entrepreneurs and ensure that they develop the mindsets and skills necessary to create a more inclusive and sustainable economy?
• What does this mean for current educators in terms of their own professional development?
• How does it affect the design of our curricula if emphasis is shifted from stimulating students to start a (any?) business to stimulating them to think about the best ways to create sustainable impact?
The workshop starts with a five minute introduction about the SDG’s, the link to entrepreneurship and its relation to the Entrecomp-competency ‘Ethical and Sustainable Thinking’ (Bacigalupo, Kampylis, Punie, & Van den Brande, 2016). During the workshop, attendants will be asked to think about an example of how they currently address these issues in their courses and or extra-curricular entrepreneurship activities. After that, we will divide the participants in small groups to discuss ideas for a transition agenda as well as practical approaches to make entrepreneurship education future proof. The groups will report back and we will draw up a list of the next steps.
The aim of the workshop is to provide the participants with a novel perspective on entrepreneurship education and to kick-start participants into supporting their students in making impact with creative solutions & sustainable innovations. We hope to produce:
• Inspiration in the form of examples from across Europe (and beyond)
• An overview of current tools and templates used in entrepreneurship education
• Depending on the outcomes of the session and enthusiasm expressed by participants we might set up a platform (basecamp?) where educators interested in this topic can exchange relevant teaching materials