Edited by Adam Novotny, Einar Rasmussen, Tommy H. Clausen and Johan Wiklund
Chapter 18: Toward a model for universities as incubation ecosystems: Facilitating students for an entrepreneurial career
Universities are supposed to prepare students for an entrepreneurial career. This chapter investigates how entrepreneurship education influences students’ entrepreneurial intentions. It does so by exploring 799 students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes in South Africa and Norway and their likelihood of establishing a new firm. The hierarchical regressions show that exposure to entrepreneurship educational elements influences their intention to start their own firm. The study revealed that also the influence from important others and the students’ own previous entrepreneurial experience are positively associated with the students’ intention to start their own firm. This study then informs on how universities as an incubation ecosystem nurture students’ entrepreneurial dream. These insights are valuable for universities and policy makers interested in shaping or fulfilling universities’ goal of preparing students for an entrepreneurial career.
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