Mentoring functions and entrepreneur development in the early years of university

Ghulam Nabi, Andreas Walmsley, Imran Akhtar

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    At a time of growing interest in graduate entrepreneurship, this studyfocuses on the role of mentoring in developing students’entrepreneurial careers in the Early Years of University (EYU). Anintegrated conceptual framework is presented that combines mentoringfunctions and entrepreneurial development (entrepreneurial intentionsand nascent behaviour). Data from 18 student mentees who expressedan interest in starting their own businesses, and who were mentored byalumni entrepreneurs of a British University were analysed. Findingssupport the applicability of our framework in addressing the multi-faceted nature of the mentoring functions, which include a range ofknowledge development and socio-emotional functions such asentrepreneurial career development, specialist business knowledge, role-model presence and emotional support. The results contribute tounderstanding mentoring functions and entrepreneurial development inthe EYU. Implications for the design of entrepreneurial mentoringprogrammes and avenues for future research are discussed
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1159-1174
    Number of pages16
    JournalStudies in Higher Education
    Issue number6
    Early online date27 Sept 2019
    Publication statusPublished - 2021

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    • Early Years of University
    • Mentoring
    • entrepreneurial intentions
    • entrepreneurship education
    • nascent entrepreneurial behaviour

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education


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