5 trending changes shaping innovation and entrepreneurship education

India is the third-largest startup ecosystem in the world with more than 50,000 startups operating currently. It is growing at an accelerated pace at 30% and holds a promising future. Due to the soaring popularity of the startup system, many young students are exploring entrepreneurship as a career right after completing their graduation or post-graduation instead of seeking employment as salaried professionals.They expect educational institutes and universities to offer entrepreneurship courses that could help them build necessary skills and competencies, introduce them to the nitty-gritty of startup business and provide them with a launchpad for their business ideas, products or processes.There are several institutes that offer dedicated entrepreneurship development programmes or subjects in their curriculum and encourage student-led innovations/entrepreneurial activities on campus.The coming years will witness a higher number of institutes assisting budding and even second/third generation entrepreneurs to pursue their business careers right from the college campus.Let’s take a look at the top trends that will shape up innovation and entrepreneurship education ecosystem:1. Experiential learning to develop an entrepreneurial mindsetEducational institutes will design their curriculum in a way that it will push students out of the classrooms and embrace learning by doing it.Students will have to work on projects that will encourage them to build business models, conduct business feasibility analysis, face competition and get exposed to real-world market scenarios.Early-stage innovation and experimentation will be the key for students to identify hands-on entrepreneurial opportunities and spend their time on building and executing a business idea. 2. Setting up of e-cells and incubation centresCurrently, only a handful of educational institutes have e-cells and incubation centres where students can tinker and play with innovation, can build prototypes and validate their ideas.The next big wave of change in innovation and entrepreneurship education will see more institutes setting up e-cells and incubation centres to hand-hold students to boost their innovation potential and support them from pre-ideation stage to launching a startup and then move them out as established businesses.Students will be able to access entrepreneurial resources in terms of infrastructure, mentors, funding, networking, technology, tools, materials and every kind of professional support that is required to set up and scale a successful new business.3. Participation in student entrepreneurship boot campsEducational institutes, especially those who have monetary or space constraints to offer dedicated entrepreneurial education on campus will consider sending their students to startup boot camps.These boot camps groom young students on the nuances of entrepreneurship, right from developing a business mindset and idea generation to writing business plans, pitch ideas in front of investors and meet mentors.These boot camps are intensive programs that last over a week or even a month and gives rewarding opportunities to students to create, innovate, collaborate or compete on a national or global platform. 4. More inclusion of female studentsAccording to the Sixth Economic Census, women constitute around only 14% of the total entrepreneurship and there are only 10% female founders in the startup ecosystem in India.The Indian government and entrepreneurial ecosystem have often acknowledged that women entrepreneurs can be powerful leaders to bring progressive social, economic and political changes in the country.Educational institutes will make conscious efforts to encourage female entrepreneurship by introducing women-centred programmes/courses and provide them with equal opportunities to give wings to their ideas.5. More integral role of policymakersLast year, the Delhi government launched the Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum Framework curriculum for students of classes 9 to 12 in its government schools.The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship is working on a scheme that will foster a world-class entrepreneurship curriculum through mainstream educational institutions, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and entrepreneur hubs across all states.These initiatives highlight that policymakers will play a more active role in promoting innovation and entrepreneurial education in the country.—These trends will go a long way in cementing India’s top position in entrepreneurship. It is necessary that academia, businesses and policymakers work in tandem and act immediately to achieve this.- Article by Ritesh Goyal, Managing Director and CEO, GIBS Business School, BangaloreRead: Planning to join startup: Here are a few things to keep in mindRead: 13 reasons you should work in a start-upRead: Entrepreneurship vs Employment: What are students choosing now?Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from

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