When science meets the market: a multidisciplinary approach of entrepreneurship education

Elda Barron, José Ernesto Amorós

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Entrepreneurship education for the scientific community has become more common. Recently, many entrepreneurship programs have been designed for scientists with the purpose of turning research into marketable products. However, despite the raising investments in and the popularity of entrepreneurship education programs, their effects and scope remain largely unknown.This article analyzes the effect of an entrepreneurial program called NoBI designed to develop entrepreneurial skills for the scientific community in Mexico. For nine weeks, participants of Binational Innovation Nodes (NoBI) received training from experts in business, science, and technology to validate their ideas in the market. We evaluated the effect of this education program on the participants' entrepreneurial self-efficacy (ESE), business model learning and entrepreneurial intention.We performed a two-stage longitudinal study applying a survey to 179 individuals. We used a Wilcoxon Matched-Pairs Signed-Rank non-parametric test to analyze the data. Preliminary results suggest that after the NoBI program, researchers increased their ESE and business model learning. Also, this entrepreneurial program has positively impacted the participants' entrepreneurial intention. This study provides valuable insights into how entrepreneurial programs can develop skills and raise the intention to start a business in the scientific community.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 9th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference, ISEC 2019
Place of PublicationPrinceton, NJ, USA
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728115023
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

Name2019 9th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference, ISEC 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
In 2016 the National Science Foundation and the Mexican Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) signed an agreement to transfer the I-Corps program to Mexico, under the name of Binational Innovation Nodes or NoBI. The NoBIs are consortiums of scientific and higher education institutions, with the purpose to develop tools that favor science and technology-based entrepreneurship in Mexico.

Funding Information:
The authors would like to acknowledge the financial and the technical support of Writing Lab, TecLabs, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico, and CONACYT research grant 296891 “Evaluación de Impacto y Seguimiento de los Nodos Binacionales de Innovación (NoBIs)” in the development of this research.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 IEEE.

Copyright 2020 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Mathematics (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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