An interdisciplinary approach to teaching tehcnology entrepreneurship. A case study of the SDU Health Tech Innovator program

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Resumé

INTRODUCTION: The paper summarizes the results from a recent evaluation of the Health Tech Innovator Program – an extra-curriculum program that was offered at the University of Southern Denmark by targeting engineering and health science students on their 3rd and 4th year of studies. The results focus on the challenges of dealing with the interdisciplinary composition of the entrepreneurial themes and their value propositions, as well as with the high degree of uncertainties associated with the early stage of the innovation and entrepreneurship process. In this sense, the focus on interdisciplinarity is not so much on integrating the insights generated by different academic disciplines that are relevant to the success of new entrepreneurial endeavors, but rather on integrating the complementary skills of engineering and health science students to enable the employment of engineering resources in shaping new technological products for the benefit of the health care sector.

METHODS:

The methodology is based on a constructive approach to the development and implementation of the Health Tech Innovator program, together with a parallel critical analytical process focusing on generating valuable insights through questionnaires and interviews with participants. These could help the refinement and the adjustment of the initial design of the program. The methodology has also adopted an effectuation-based ecosystem perspective focusing on engaging all relevant stakeholders, tools and resources that could help the implementation of the entrepreneurial program.


RESULTS:

The final results were formulated on the basis of exploring the experience of the organizers and the stories of the various teams involved in the program. The focus of the analysis was on the reasons for the emergence of specific challenges and the potential ways of dealing with them in future implementations of the program.

It is noteworthy to point out that one project is already in dialogue with investors; two projects are still in the development phase (one of them aiming at incorporating a new start-up, the second one aiming at establishing cooperation with an established company).

Two of the specific challenges could be summarized as follows. First, both engineering and health care students were generalists with respect to technology. This was found as a reason for the teams to focus on external cooperation seeking some key complementary technological resources. Second, a key challenge for the team was the sustainability of the entrepreneurial intentions of the team members.

CONCLUSIONS:
Successful technology entrepreneurship training of engineering and health students requires a well-developed ecosystem that is able to offer complementary technological resources that could be drawn in the process from problem identification through idea development to business venturing. In addition, team should be carefully selected to include well-motivated members.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdatoaug. 2017
StatusUdgivet - aug. 2017
Begivenhed10th International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development - Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Grækenland
Varighed: 31. aug. 20171. sep. 2017
Konferencens nummer: 10

Konference

Konference10th International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development
Nummer10
LokationThessaloniki
LandGrækenland
ByThessaloniki
Periode31/08/201701/09/2017

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Jensen, S., Danbjørg, D. B., & Tanev, S. (2017). An interdisciplinary approach to teaching tehcnology entrepreneurship. A case study of the SDU Health Tech Innovator program. Abstract fra 10th International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development, Thessaloniki, Grækenland.
Jensen, Søren ; Danbjørg, Dorthe Boe ; Tanev, Stoyan. / An interdisciplinary approach to teaching tehcnology entrepreneurship. A case study of the SDU Health Tech Innovator program. Abstract fra 10th International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development, Thessaloniki, Grækenland.
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An interdisciplinary approach to teaching tehcnology entrepreneurship. A case study of the SDU Health Tech Innovator program. / Jensen, Søren; Danbjørg, Dorthe Boe ; Tanev, Stoyan.

2017. Abstract fra 10th International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development, Thessaloniki, Grækenland.

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Jensen S, Danbjørg DB, Tanev S. An interdisciplinary approach to teaching tehcnology entrepreneurship. A case study of the SDU Health Tech Innovator program. 2017. Abstract fra 10th International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development, Thessaloniki, Grækenland.