Experiencing Business Start-Up through an Enterprise Placement Year

Kelly Smith, Philip Clegg

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Abstract

Self-employment placements can provide an opportunity to experience the real-life world of the entrepreneur within an educational context but their implementation is rare. Here we describe a full sandwich year placement scheme at the University of Huddersfield – the Enterprise Placement Year (EPY). Details of the EPY are provided including academic requirements, application procedures and the learning opportunities provided. There are a growing number of EPY alumni continuing the development of their business idea or starting up a new business in their final year or after graduation and three examples are provided. In addition to increasing numbers of sustaining businesses, there is evidence of improved academic success with a greater than average percentage of ‘good degrees’ obtained. Regular changes to the delivery of the programme have been made as a result of ongoing evaluation. These are reported here with recommendations for other universities considering offering such a programme and suggestions for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEntrepreneurship Education
Subtitle of host publicationNew Perspectives on Entrepreneurship Education
EditorsPaul Jones, Gideon Maas, Luke Pittaway
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
Pages307-333
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78714-280-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-78714-281-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameContemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research
PublisherEmerald
Volume7
ISSN (Print)2040-7246

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Keywords

  • entrepreneurship education
  • Higher Education
  • self-employment
  • placement year
  • evaluation

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Smith, K., & Clegg, P. (2017). Experiencing Business Start-Up through an Enterprise Placement Year. In P. Jones, G. Maas, & L. Pittaway (Eds.), Entrepreneurship Education: New Perspectives on Entrepreneurship Education (pp. 307-333). (Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research; Vol. 7). Emerald Group Publishing Limited. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2040-724620170000007018

Experiencing Business Start-Up through an Enterprise Placement Year. / Smith, Kelly; Clegg, Philip.

Entrepreneurship Education: New Perspectives on Entrepreneurship Education. ed. / Paul Jones; Gideon Maas; Luke Pittaway. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2017. p. 307-333 (Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research; Vol. 7).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Smith, K & Clegg, P 2017, Experiencing Business Start-Up through an Enterprise Placement Year. in P Jones, G Maas & L Pittaway (eds), Entrepreneurship Education: New Perspectives on Entrepreneurship Education. Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research, vol. 7, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 307-333. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2040-724620170000007018
Smith K, Clegg P. Experiencing Business Start-Up through an Enterprise Placement Year. In Jones P, Maas G, Pittaway L, editors, Entrepreneurship Education: New Perspectives on Entrepreneurship Education. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. 2017. p. 307-333. (Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research). https://doi.org/10.1108/S2040-724620170000007018
Smith, Kelly ; Clegg, Philip. / Experiencing Business Start-Up through an Enterprise Placement Year. Entrepreneurship Education: New Perspectives on Entrepreneurship Education. editor / Paul Jones ; Gideon Maas ; Luke Pittaway. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2017. pp. 307-333 (Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research).
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