Through an innovative and non-traditional format, the 3E Conference establishes a new paradigm for entrepreneurship conferences. It offers an exclusive and engaging opportunity for researchers, educators and politicians to debate and exchange their experiences of the major challenges and advances in enterprise education with a special and unique focus on Europe. Unlike more traditional academic events, the conference will focus on problems and questions rather than on ready-made solutions and presentations of research findings. There are no keynote speakers to tell us the way but we will pave it ourselves in a joint effort!

Conference theme: Developing entrepreneurial mindsets through education

There is growing acknowledgement that educational systems and methods need to move from traditional to more creative, interactive and student-centered educational models in order to change students’ mindset so they may excel in highly dynamic and uncertain environments. Yet, the issue of the most effective pedagogical method to encourage the development of an entrepreneurial mindset is an area that raises regular discussion and debates, as well as calls for further exploration. As the role of entrepreneurship education is increasingly seen as broader than stimulating new business start-ups, conceptual development is needed to help understand the inputs, processes and various effects of entrepreneurship education. In particular, research is needed on how entrepreneurial mindsets can be developed through education, and the consequences of entrepreneurial mindsets for students’ future careers and contributions to society. Moreover, the implicit premise that entrepreneurship education can contribute to the development of students’ entrepreneurial skills and mindsets should be critically tested. Research is also needed to develop and test methods and tools to advance entrepreneurial mindsets through education.

Following up on the great tradition of sharing teaching practices as part of the PDW day and research problems during the paper discussions, we will introduce a third type of session called an Engaging Collaboration Workshop (ECW). These sessions are based on proposals for collaboration regarding a specific project with a set end goal. The project should be early stage, welcoming to the participants in the session and the collaboration should continue beyond the conference. Examples of such sessions could be a book project with a set theme that needs chapter authors, an idea of a learning activity that needs further development and testing at several universities, an early stage consortia for an EU application, or an idea for a train-the-trainer course that would benefit from additional input and instructors to become a successful initiative. We will also assign discussants to take the lead in the paper sessions in order to make the discussions even more engaging.

  • Entrepreneurship education – the impact of different pedagogical interventions
  • Entrepreneurship in various disciplines
  • Entrepreneurship education and student learning type
  • The foundations of an entrepreneurial mindset and implications for education
  • Antecedents of an entrepreneurial mindset and implications for education
  • Development of an entrepreneurial mindset in an educational context
  • Operationalization and measurement of entrepreneurial mindset
  • Entrepreneurship education for non-business students
  • Social and civic entrepreneurship education
  • Pedagogical theories in entrepreneurship education
  • Online and blended-learning approaches
  • Engagement, impact and evaluation
  • Innovations in assessment
  • Values, ethics and critiques of entrepreneurship education
  • Learning philosophies in entrepreneurship education
  • Gender perspectives in entrepreneurship education
  • Entrepreneurial universities
  • Student incubator initiatives
  • Entrepreneurship education policy