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Becoming an Entrepreneur: An Examination of the Needs of Young Entrepreneurs
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Industrial Engineering & Management.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study’s main purpose is to explore what young individuals need/require when becoming entrepreneurs. To do that, the views and perspectives of students, senior entrepreneurs and incubators were analyzed. This study’s main contribution is to the knowledge and understanding of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial education. Furthermore, this study has a practical application in the form of a suggestion on how to improve this study’s empirical case: a new project designed by the pre-incubator office Drivhuset Uppsala. Methodologically, a qualitative research study with interviews as its main technique indicates this study’s main findings and conclusions. What young individuals need/require in order to become entrepreneurs is; putting the theories they are learning or have learned into action, learning through entrepreneurship in the form of learning-by-doing and feeling the support in creating values from the entrepreneurial environment; called ‘the entrepreneurial ecosystem’ by one of this study’s actors. Theories indicate the importance of incubators participating in entrepreneurial education in different forms. UU incubators are, by the actors of this study, not perceived to do that. These conclusions proved to be complicated and are recommended as important topics for further research. This study focuses on Uppsala and incubators connected to UU. The empirical material was analyzed with the Venture Creation in learning-by- doing and Effectuation theories, and the findings indicate that Drivhuset Uppsala should focus on venture creation programs in designing their new project. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 70 p.
TVE, 15 020 maj
Keyword [en]
incubators, entrepreneurial education, venture creation, effectuation, entrepreneurial environment, entrepreneurial ecosystem
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-255656OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-255656DiVA: diva2:823044
Educational program
Master Programme in Industrial Management and Innovation
2015-06-17, 15:22 (English)
Available from: 2015-06-23 Created: 2015-06-17 Last updated: 2015-06-23Bibliographically approved

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