Henley MSC Entrepreneurship students share a great learning experience with entrepreneurs in Poland

3 July 2015

Henley MSC Entrepreneurship students share a great learning experience with entrepreneurs in Poland

Henley MSC Entrepreneurship students share in a great learning experience with entrepreneurs in Poland

In June 2015, Henley MSC Entrepreneurship students conducted a study visit to Poland. It was located in the historic city of Wroclaw, which has been the religious, university and commercial centre of Lower Silesia, but which is now one of the entrepreneurial start-up and software hubs in Poland.

The programme was embedded within their final Entrepreneurship Consultancy Project. It was designed in collaboration with the Climate-Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC) from EIT+ research centre in Wroclaw, and the International Center for Entrepreneurship, in Budapest.

The intended outcome was to provide Henley students with an accelerated experience to enhance their consultancy capabilities, and to assist Polish start-up entrepreneurs in their own challenges of finding their first, or new customers.

The Climate-KIC programme is part of an EU-wide initiative under EIT Budapest (http://eit.europa.eu/) which seeks to educate Masters and Doctoral students in the challenges of climate change and stimulate the development of climate change innovations and business start-ups. Henley students were engaged with several climate related projects in this programme as well as a separate Climathon event in the nearby mining town of Walbryzch.

In the 3 day programme, students were introduced to the socio-economic factors supporting business start-up in Poland. Case studies from 6 Polish start-ups were provided for analysis on Day 1, leading to more intensive face to face interaction with entrepreneurs in a full one day workshop, followed by student reflection and communication of creative proposals on Day 3.

There was also time for some networking and socialising after the entrepreneur workshop, but the main focus of the programme was to build student confidence and competence in coaching consultancy, leading to enhanced outcomes for their own consultancy reports and for the UK entrepreneurs who are hosting the different consultancy teams. Coaching consultancy is better known as Process Consultation, by Edgar Schein of MIT.

Prof. Andrew Godley and Keith Heron led the party of 31 students and the 2016 programme is already planned, again in Wroclaw in early June 2016.

Thanks for support goes to: Cezary Lejkowki, Sebastian Puculek and Kasia Klein of Wroclawskie Centrum Badan EIT+SP. o.o., and Dr. Agnieszka Klucznik-Toro of ICfE, Budapest and Dermot Corr, CEO of Tech Sorted, Wroclaw.

The entrepreneurs who kindly supported our programme were: TimeCamp, Inteko, igenerate, Energia Polska, ArsNumerica and Cosimple. Thank you all.

For more information please contact Keith Heron: keith.heron@henley.reading.ac.uk

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