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Entrepreneurship education network summit

11-12 March 2024

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In today's dynamic economy, entrpreneurship skills are essential for success.

These resources aim to equip participants with the tools and knowledge to effectively embed entrepreneurship into their curriculum. Participants will explore innovative teaching methods, real-world case studies, and practical strategies to foster an entrepreneurial mindset among students.On the majority of slides there are pop up windows or tooltips, if this icon appears at the top of the top right hand side of the screen click to see which interactions are available.

Session 1: Designing Hands-on Projects for Entrepreneurship


  • Introduction to the principles of experiential learning in entrepreneurship education
  • Overview of hands-on project design methodologies, such as design thinking and lean startup principles
  • Identifying suitable hands-on projects to enhance entrepreneurial skills in vocational students
  • Case Studies: Examples of hands-on projects and their impact on student learning outcomes

experiential learning


Experiential learning in entrepreneurship education provides students with a transformative learning experience that goes beyond the acquisition of knowledge to develop the skills, mindset, and capabilities needed to thrive as innovative and resilient entrepreneurs. By immersing students in authentic entrepreneurial experiences and guiding them through reflection, analysis, and action, experiential learning prepares them to navigate the challenges and seize the opportunities of the entrepreneurial journey with confidence and competence.

experiential learning

in entrepreneurship education

By combining the principles of Design Thinking and Lean Startup, teams can create a powerful framework for innovation and entrepreneurship that emphasizes empathy, experimentation, and iteration.

Lean Startup is a methodology for building and launching new products and ventures rapidly, with a focus on minimizing waste, validating assumptions, and learning from customer feedback.

Design Thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that emphasizes understanding users' needs, generating creative solutions, and iteratively refining prototypes through feedback and testing.

Lean Start-Up
Design Thinking

Hands-on Project Design Methodologies

Activity 01

Service Innovation Project

Activity 02

Market Stall or Pop-up Shop

Activity 03

Community Outreach Project

Activity 04

E-commerce Business Setup

Hands-on Project Ideas

Session 2: Implementing Strategies to Enhance Entrepreneurial Skills


  • Introduction to entrepreneurship simulation tools and platforms
  • Importance of industry partnerships in providing real-world experiences for vocational students
  • Strategies for establishing and nurturing partnerships with local businesses, startups, and industry organisations
  • Importance of mentorship and networking in student entrepreneurship development

There are several entrepreneurship simulation tools and platforms available to help aspiring entrepreneurs learn, practice, and refine their skills in a risk-free environment. These tools often simulate various aspects of starting and running a business, including business planning, financial management, marketing, and decision-making. Here are some popular ones:



Marketplace Live


Entrepreneurship Simulation Tools & Platforms Examples

Relevance to Industry Needs

Access to Resources & Equipment

Work-based Learning Opportunities

Expertise and Mentorship

Job Placement & Career Advancement

Promotion of Innovation & Research

Industry partnerships are essential for providing vocational students with authentic learning experiences that bridge the gap between education and employment. By aligning curriculum with industry needs, providing access to resources and expertise, offering work-based learning opportunities, and facilitating job placement and career advancement, these partnerships contribute to the success and competitiveness of vocational education programs.

importance of industry partnerships

Sustain Long-Term Relationships
Offer Value Proposition
Engage in Collabrative Projects
Foster Open Communication
Research Potential Partners
Networking & Relationship Building
Tailor Partnership Proposals
Evaluate and Celebrate Success
Provide Opportunities for Engagement
Identify Common Goals & Objectives

Strategies for Establishing and Nurturing Partnerships with Local Businesses, Startups, and Industry Organisations

Establishing and nurturing partnerships with local businesses, startups, and industry organizations requires a strategic approach aimed at building mutually beneficial relationships. Here are some strategies to consider:

Validation & Feedback
Opportunities for Exposure & Visibility
Opening Doors to Collaboration & Partnerships
Access to Resources & Opportunities
Expanding Networks & Connections
Building Confidence & Resilience
Guidance & Advice
Access to Knowledge & Experience
Mentorship & Networking
Session 3: Types of Assessment Methods for Evaluating Entrepreneurial Skills


  • Explanation of the key entrepreneurial competencies to be assessed, such as creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, and resilience
  • Steps for creating clear and actionable rubrics for assessing entrepreneurial skills
  • Introduction to various assessment methods suitable for evaluating entrepreneurial competencies
  • Strategies for delivering feedback effectively, including the sandwich approach and growth-orientated feedback techniques
  • Introduction to online assessment tools, e-portfolios, and digital feedback systems

Leadership & Team Management

Communication & Interpsonal Skills




Critical Thinking


By assessing these key entrepreneurial competencies, educators, mentors, and evaluators can identify strengths and areas for growth in aspiring entrepreneurs, providing targeted support and development opportunities to enhance their entrepreneurial capabilities.

Assessing Key Entrepreneurial Competencies

Steps for Creating Rubrics for Assessing Entrepreneurial Skills

Identify Skills

Define Performance Levels

Break Down Each Skill

Develop Rubric Categories

Define Criteria & Descriptors

Use Actionable Language

Ensure Clarity & Consistency

Pilot, Test & Refine

Provide Training & Guidance

Review & Iterate

Tests & Quizzes
Interview & Presentations
Performance Tasks
Case Studies
Written Assessments
Peer Assessment

Assessment Methods

By utilizing a combination of these assessment methods, educators, mentors, and evaluators can gain a comprehensive understanding of individuals' entrepreneurial competencies, strengths, and areas for improvement, providing targeted support and guidance for their entrepreneurial development.

Be Specific & Timely

Use the Sandwich Approach

Offer Growth-Oriented Feedback

Focus on Behabiour, not Personality

delivering feedback effectively

Be Supportive & Empathetic

Encourage Self-Reflection

Promote a Growth Mindset

Seek Feedback on Your Feedback

Follow Up & Provide Resources

Set SMART-Goals

Growth Oriented Feedback
Sandwich Method

delivering feedback effectively





Online assessment tools are software applications or platforms designed to facilitate the creation, administration, and grading of assessments in a digital format. These tools offer various features such as multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions, essay questions, and interactive quizzes. Some key benefits of online assessment tools include:

Online Assessment Tools

Collaboration & Feedback

Long-Term Learning Record

Showcase of Achievements

Reflection & Self- Assessment



E-portfolios, or electronic portfolios, are digital collections of artifacts, documents, and reflections that showcase individuals' learning, achievements, and experiences over time. E-portfolios can include a variety of multimedia elements such as text, images, videos, presentations, and web links. Some key features and benefits of e-portfolios include:


Digital feedback systems

Digital feedback systems are software tools or platforms designed to streamline the process of providing feedback to individuals, teams, or organizations in a digital format. These systems offer features such as commenting, annotation, tracking changes, and version control to facilitate effective communication and collaboration. Some key advantages of digital feedback systems include:



Version Control


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Online assessment tools automate the process of test administration, grading, and data analysis, reducing administrative burden and saving time for instructors and evaluators. They can generate instant feedback, score reports, and analytics to inform instructional decisions and assessment strategies.


SimVenture offers a range of simulation tools for entrepreneurship education. It allows users to simulate starting, managing, and growing a virtual business. Users can make decisions related to product development, marketing, finance, and more, and see the impact of those decisions in real-time.

E-portfolios encourage individuals to reflect on their learning experiences, document their progress, and assess their own growth and development over time. They provide a platform for individuals to articulate their goals, strengths, challenges, and areas for improvement.

Vocational education aims to prepare students for careers in specific industries. Partnering with industry allows vocational programs to stay updated on current trends, technologies, and needs within those industries. This ensures that students are learning skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to the demands of the job market.

Relevance to Industry Needs

Opportunities for Exposure and Visibility: Through mentorship and networking, student entrepreneurs can increase their visibility and exposure within the entrepreneurial community. Attending events, speaking engagements, and networking functions allows students to showcase their ideas, pitch their businesses, and attract attention from potential investors, partners, and customers.

E-commerce Business Setup

  • Task students with creating an e-commerce business selling products or services related to their vocational skills.
  • Guide students through the process of setting up an online store, sourcing products or creating digital products, optimizing product listings, and marketing their business.
  • Have students track their online sales, analyze website traffic, and implement strategies to improve their online presence and conversion rates.

Design Thinking

Typically involves the following stages:
  • Empathize: Understand the needs, motivations, and behaviors of users through observation, interviews, and immersion in their experiences.
  • Define: Define the problem or opportunity based on insights gathered from the empathy phase, and frame it as a clear and actionable challenge.
  • Ideate: Generate a wide range of creative ideas and potential solutions to address the defined problem or opportunity. Encourage brainstorming, ideation sessions, and lateral thinking techniques.
  • Prototype: Develop low-fidelity prototypes or mock-ups of potential solutions to quickly visualize and communicate ideas. Prototypes should be simple, inexpensive, and easy to iterate.
  • Test: Gather feedback from users by testing prototypes in real-world contexts. Use feedback to refine and iterate on prototypes, leading to continuous improvement and innovation.
Design Thinking encourages collaboration, experimentation, and a bias toward action, allowing teams to rapidly iterate on ideas and develop innovative solutions that meet users' needs effectively.

Peer Assessment: Peer assessment involves individuals providing feedback and evaluating the entrepreneurial competencies of their peers. This method promotes collaboration, communication, and teamwork skills, as well as providing diverse perspectives on individuals' strengths and areas for growth. Peer assessment can be conducted through peer review activities, group discussions, or structured feedback sessions.

Online assessment tools automate the process of test administration, grading, and data analysis, reducing administrative burden and saving time for instructors and evaluators. They can generate instant feedback, score reports, and analytics to inform instructional decisions and assessment strategies.

Access to Knowledge and Experience:Mentors bring valuable knowledge, expertise, and real-world experience to student entrepreneurs. They can offer insights into industry trends, market dynamics, and best practices, helping students navigate challenges and make informed decisions.

Written Assessments: Written assessments, such as essays, reports, or reflective journals, allow individuals to demonstrate their understanding of entrepreneurship concepts, theories, and principles. Assessors can evaluate individuals' critical thinking, analytical skills, and written communication abilities through written assignments that require them to analyze case studies, propose solutions, or reflect on their entrepreneurial experiences.

Online assessment tools can accommodate large numbers of participants simultaneously, making them suitable for both formative and summative assessments in diverse settings, including classrooms, training programs, and certification exams.

Online assessment tools provide greater accessibility for participants by allowing them to complete assessments remotely, at their own pace, and on various devices such as computers, tablets, and smartphones. This flexibility enhances access to education and training opportunities for diverse learners.

Portfolios: Portfolios are collections of artifacts, documents, or evidence that showcase individuals' entrepreneurial experiences, achievements, and competencies over time. Portfolios may include samples of business plans, marketing materials, project reports, reflections, and testimonials that demonstrate individuals' creativity, initiative, and problem-solving abilities.

Many vocational fields require access to specialized equipment, tools, and facilities. Industry partnerships can provide vocational schools with access to these resources, allowing students to gain hands-on experience using the same equipment they will encounter in their future careers. This familiarity gives students a competitive edge when entering the workforce.

Access to Resources & Equipment

Guidance and Advice: Mentors provide personalized guidance and advice tailored to the specific needs and goals of student entrepreneurs. They offer constructive feedback, share lessons learned from their own experiences, and help students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Case Studies: Case studies present realistic scenarios or business situations that require individuals to analyze problems, identify opportunities, and develop strategic solutions. Participants are assessed on their ability to apply entrepreneurial competencies, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making, to address the challenges presented in the case.

Building Confidence and Resilience: Through mentorship, student entrepreneurs gain confidence in their abilities and learn to overcome obstacles with resilience. Mentors serve as role models, encouragers, and sounding boards, empowering students to take risks, learn from failures, and persevere in the face of adversity.

Opening Doors to Collaboration and Partnerships: Networking facilitates collaboration and partnerships between student entrepreneurs and other stakeholders in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. By connecting with like-minded individuals and organizations, students can find co-founders, team members, advisors, and mentors who share their vision and complement their skills.

Industry partners often contribute their expertise by serving as guest lecturers, mentors, or advisors to vocational programs. This direct interaction with professionals in the field helps students understand industry standards, practices, and expectations. Mentors can also provide valuable insights into career pathways and opportunities for advancement

Expertise & Mentorship

Observation: Observational assessment involves directly observing individuals as they engage in entrepreneurial activities or tasks. This method allows assessors to witness firsthand how individuals apply their entrepreneurial competencies in real-world situations, such as problem-solving challenges, team projects, or business simulations.

Tests and Quizzes:Tests and quizzes assess individuals' knowledge of entrepreneurship concepts, terminology, and frameworks. These assessments may include multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions, or problem-solving exercises that measure individuals' comprehension and retention of key entrepreneurial concepts.

Market Stall of Pop-Up Shop

  • Have students plan, set up, and operate a market stall or pop-up shop selling products or services related to their vocational skills.
  • Guide students through the process of market research, pricing, branding, promotion, and sales.
  • Encourage students to track their sales, analyze customer feedback, and reflect on their experiences to identify opportunities for improvement.

Simulations: Simulations simulate real-world entrepreneurial environments or scenarios, allowing individuals to experience the challenges and dynamics of entrepreneurship in a controlled setting. Examples include business simulation games, virtual reality experiences, or role-playing exercises where participants take on the role of entrepreneurs facing various business decisions and dilemmas.

Self-Assessment: Self-assessment involves individuals reflecting on their own entrepreneurial skills, strengths, and areas for improvement. This method encourages self-awareness, self-reflection, and self-directed learning, allowing individuals to take ownership of their entrepreneurial development. Self-assessment tools, such as surveys, questionnaires, or self-reflection prompts, can facilitate this process.

Establishing strong partnerships with industry can lead to increased job placement rates for vocational graduates. Industry partners may offer job placement assistance, recruit directly from vocational programs, or provide referrals to job opportunities. Additionally, ongoing collaboration with industry partners can facilitate career advancement opportunities for alumni through continued education, training, and professional development initiatives.

Job Placement & Career Advancement

Expanding Networks and Connections: Networking exposes student entrepreneurs to a diverse range of perspectives, ideas, and opportunities. By connecting with mentors, fellow entrepreneurs, industry professionals, investors, and potential customers, students can build valuable relationships, partnerships, and support networks that can fuel their entrepreneurial journey.

Industry partnerships can foster collaboration on research projects, innovation initiatives, and technology development. This collaboration benefits both vocational programs and industry partners by driving advancements in the field, solving industry challenges, and introducing students to cutting-edge practices and technologies.

Promotion of Innovation & Research

Community Outreach

  • Challenge students to identify a social or environmental problem in their community and develop an entrepreneurial solution to address it.
  • Guide students through the process of designing, implementing, and evaluating their community outreach projects.
  • Encourage students to collaborate with local organizations, businesses, or government agencies to maximize the impact of their projects.


Capsim offers simulation-based learning experiences for entrepreneurship, business strategy, and leadership development. Their simulations allow users to run virtual companies, make strategic decisions, and compete against other teams or individuals. Capsim's simulations cover a wide range of business disciplines, including marketing, finance, operations, and human resources.

Industry partnerships create opportunities for work-based learning experiences such as internships, apprenticeships, and co-op programs. These experiences allow students to apply their classroom learning in real-world settings, gaining practical skills and making valuable industry connections. Work-based learning also helps students clarify their career goals and develop professional networks.

Work-based Learning Opportunities

E-portfolios facilitate collaboration and feedback among individuals, mentors, peers, and evaluators. They enable interactive discussions, peer review, and mentorship, fostering a supportive learning community where individuals can receive constructive feedback and guidance on their work.

Interviews and Presentations: Interviews and presentations allow individuals to verbally communicate their entrepreneurial experiences, ideas, and strategies to assessors. Assessors can ask probing questions to assess individuals' depth of understanding, creativity, and ability to articulate their thoughts effectively. Presentations also provide opportunities for individuals to showcase their communication, persuasion, and presentation skills.

Validation and Feedback: Mentors and networking connections can offer valuable validation and feedback on student entrepreneurs' ideas, products, and strategies. By soliciting input from trusted advisors and industry peers, students can refine their concepts, test their assumptions, and improve their value proposition to better meet market needs.

E-portfolios provide a longitudinal record of individuals' learning journeys, documenting their educational and professional experiences across multiple contexts and settings. They support lifelong learning and professional development by capturing both formal and informal learning experiences.

Access to Resources and Opportunities: Mentors and networking connections can provide access to valuable resources, including funding, mentorship programs, incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, and startup competitions. These resources can help student entrepreneurs develop their ideas, build prototypes, launch products, and scale their businesses more effectively.

Lean Startup

Involves the following principles:
  • Start Small: Begin with a minimum viable product (MVP) - a simplified version of the product that allows for quick testing of key assumptions and features.
  • Measure: Use metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) to track the performance of the MVP and gather data on user behavior, engagement, and satisfaction.
  • Learn: Continuously collect feedback from users through experiments, surveys, interviews, and analytics. Use this feedback to validate assumptions, identify pain points, and iterate on the product.
  • Iterate: Based on the insights gained from user feedback, make data-driven decisions to pivot (change direction) or persevere (continue refining the product). Iterate rapidly to adapt to changing market conditions and user needs.
  • Accelerate: Once product-market fit is achieved, scale the product rapidly and efficiently to capture market share and generate sustainable growth.
Lean Startup principles emphasize agility, experimentation, and customer-centricity, enabling startups and entrepreneurial ventures to validate their ideas quickly, mitigate risks, and optimize resources for maximum impact.

Service Innovation Project

  • Task students with developing a new service concept or improving an existing service within their vocational field.
  • Encourage students to identify pain points or unmet needs among customers and design service innovations to address them.
  • Have students create service blueprints, develop service delivery processes, and design customer experience strategies.

E-portfolios serve as a dynamic showcase of individuals' achievements, skills, and competencies, allowing them to demonstrate their knowledge, creativity, and expertise to potential employers, educators, or peers. E-portfolios can be customized and tailored to different audiences and purposes.

Online assessment tools offer flexibility in terms of delivery methods, question types, and assessment formats. They can support different learning styles and accommodate a wide range of content areas and subject matter.


CESIM offers simulation games for entrepreneurship and business management education. Their simulations cover topics such as startup management, strategic management, international business, and marketing. Users can learn by making decisions and seeing the consequences in a realistic virtual environment.

Online assessment tools can accommodate large numbers of participants simultaneously, making them suitable for both formative and summative assessments in diverse settings, including classrooms, training programs, and certification exams.

Marketplace Live

Marketplace Live provides simulation games that focus on various aspects of business management, including marketing, operations, finance, and strategy. Users can compete against classmates or colleagues in a virtual marketplace, making decisions to grow their business and outperform competitors.

Performance Tasks: Performance tasks are hands-on activities or projects that require individuals to demonstrate specific entrepreneurial skills and competencies. Examples include developing a business plan, pitching a product or idea to investors, conducting market research, or launching a startup venture. Assessors evaluate the quality of individuals' performance based on predefined criteria and standards.