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Bringing an Entrepreneurial Mindset to Curriculum

Bringing an Entrepreneurial Mindset to Curriculum

A look at why it is important to understand that the entrepreneurial mindset does not just belong in business curriculum; a review of the three main components of entrepreneurial thinking; and the Big Think Activity developed by Andrew Foti.


Jeremy McQuigge

April 27, 2016



  2. But why do we care about… Entrepreneurship?

  3. THE REALITY – Changing Labour By 2020, up to 50%

    of the workforce will be contingent
  4. THE REALITY – Innovative Canada remains near the bottom of

    its peer group on innovation, ranking 13th among the 16 peer countries.
  5. THE REALITY – Student Anticipation 46% of Canadian PSE students

    said they see themselves starting a business after graduation.
  6. THE REALITY – Job Creation 60 – 80% of all

    new jobs COME FROM SMALL BUSINESS (100,000 annually)
  7. THE REALITY – Signature Experience Practical, real-world learning outcomes and

    skill development is essential in today’s rapidly changing economy.
  8. THE REALITY – Resources Everyone everywhere is being asked to

    do more with less.
  9. The Approach for this Session 1. Identify three main components

    of entrepreneurial thinking 2. Engaging in the Big Think activity 3. Our ask of you is to help Build Capacity for this style of thinking across the educational community
  10. But what is … Entrepreneurship?

  11. Traditional entrepreneur en·tre·pre·neur (äntrəprəˈno͝or,-ˈnər/) noun A person who sets up

    a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit: many entrepreneurs see potential in this market
  12. Non-Traditional entrepreneurship entrepreneurship may be defined as the pursuit of

    opportunity without regard to resources
  13. 3 defining points of Entrepreneurial Thinking

  14. Entrepreneurial Thinking #1 Affordable loss

  15. Entrepreneurial Thinking #2 Lemonade Principle

  16. Entrepreneurial Thinking #3 A Mindset

  17. But what does Entrepreneurial Thinking look like?

  18. Managerial Thinking – Casual Reasoning 1. Where are we now?

    2. Where do we want to 3. How are we going to get there?
  19. Entrepreneurial Thinking – Effective Reasoning “The best way to predict

    the future is to invent it.” -Alan Curtis Kay
  20. THE BIG THINK 5 pressing challenges of our sector

  21. Closing the Gaps – Enabling Innovation • Gap of awareness

    • Gap of courage • Gap of execution
  22. It’s Easier than Ever to Solve Big Problems… • Connectivity

    • Inexpensive telecommunications infrastructure • Ubiquitous networking platforms • Free Open Source Resources • Increased problem complexity • Reduced capital intensity • Moore’s Law • Affordable high-powered tool sets • Cloud-based computing and applications
  23. Envision the Future • What if … were possible?

  24. Group Exercise What are the biggest problems to be solved

    or opportunities in cooperative education? • Form groups (embrace diversity, i.e. people you don’t know well) (2 minutes) • Brainstorming (30 minutes) • Choose best idea, prepare and nominate presenter (2 minutes) • Group presentations (60 seconds each, max.)