Teaching Entrepreneurship in Practice
Edited by Heidi M. Neck and Yipeng Liu
Chapter 16: Student peers as facilitators and mentors in practice-based entrepreneurship education
Blast-Off Week is a single week of intensive project work during which students collaborate in international teams to devise innovative solutions to real problems presented by local organizations. It is part of a compulsory course called Innovation and Change Processes during the first semester of a master’s program in business science, where student-active-learning methods are integrated with the aim of developing student entrepreneurial skills. The week is intense, and it challenges students to handle uncertainties at many levels. Faculty members at the business school and students who have previously participated in this program are engaged to facilitate and mentor the teams. This chapter focuses on the student peers as facilitators and mentors, providing examples of and reflections on their role and influence on the students’ work process during this week.
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