Part of the SITE mission is to be a "catalyst by utilizing unique perspectives, critical thinking, and analytical exploration to iterate and push forward proposals for implementation." One such perspective is that of the entrepreneurial campus. As Wendy Torrance puts it, "In classrooms and through co-curricular programs and competitions, students on diverse campuses, at universities large and small, representing disciplines across the spectrum, have the opportunity to understand the role of entrepreneurship in the economy, explore innovation, test their own ideas, and learn what they need to know to be entrepreneurs."
Becoming an entrepreneurial campus is not easy; according to Dileep Rao, "The goal is to make not just the students entrepreneurial, but also faculty, staff, and administrators." And being an entrepreneur is far from simple—taking some courses does not guarantee success.
Links for Entrepreneurs
ESU supports many entrepreneurial projects and initiatives. However, we also believe in supporting intrapreneurial ideas. According to Meredith Somers of MIT's Sloan School of Management, "Intrapreneurship is acting like an entrepreneur within an established company. It’s creating a new business or venture within an organization. Sometimes that business becomes a new section, or department, or even a subsidiary spinoff."
Antoncic and Hisrich (2001) describe Intrapreneurship as possessing four core dimensions: (1) new-business-venturing, (2) innovativeness, (3) self-renewal, and (4) proactiveness (e.g., risk taking, competitive aggressiveness, boldness). This process, they argue, takes place "inside an existing firm" and leads "not only to new business ventures but also to other innovative activities and orientations" like new technologies, strategies, and postures.
Not everyone is meant to start their own business. Entrepreneurialism is one way employees with "outside-the-box" ideas and a willingness to try, fail, and try again can become invaluable within the organizational structure.