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Experiencing Business Start-Up Through an Enterprise Placement Year

Smith, Kelly and Clegg, Philip (2017) Experiencing Business Start-Up Through an Enterprise Placement Year. In: Entrepreneurship Education: New Perspectives on Entrepreneurship Education. Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research (7). Emerald, London, UK, pp. 307-334. ISBN 978-1787142817

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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.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Schools: Research and Enterprise Directorate
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2017 13:49
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 16:22


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