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CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

CIT has a mandatory module in first semester for all students called Creativity, Innovation and Teamwork. The Faculty through collaboration with Student Enterprise Interns ensures the interns meet with first year students and give them an insight into idea generation. This exposure to the innovation ecosystem for the students early on in their time in CIT is having a very favourable result in terms of campus entrepreneurship, 1 in 3 enquiries to the Rubicon Centre are from CIT students (annually approx. 400 enquiries are received by the Rubicon).


The Faculty also provide a number of interdisciplinary modules in entrepreneurship e.g. interdisciplinary new product development which is shared with students from mechanical engineering, biomedical science, and business. This has resulted in a number of projects being submitted for the Enterprise Ireland national student entrepreneurship awards.


The Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence has also developed specific modules in Entrepreneurship and Innovation for CIT’s MA in Teaching and Learning and also ED4Life programme. The Innovation & Entrepreneurship module is now delivered to a cohort of staff, masters and doctoral candidates. Details of this module is available at the following link: http://courses.cit.ie/index.cfm/page/module/moduleId/10073

 

Entrepreneurship Educators Seminar Series

In 2013, The Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence committed to developing and delivering a series of seminars for entrepreneurship educators for staff in CIT, and staff in all higher education institutions and further education institutions. The aim of the seminar series was to provide a forum for sharing best practice in entrepreneurship education and to provide a mechanism to develop and share teaching resources.

The following are the seminars that have taken place to date:

  • 2013- 4 workshops on Implementation of the HETAC Guidelines on Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Education held in conjunction with the Accelerating Campus Entrepreneurship (ACE Initiative in IADT (4th March), CIT (6th March), NUIG (7th March) and IT Sligo (8th March))
  • 2013- Standardise D School Stanford’s “d.school”: Creating Innovators through Design Thinking Justin Farrell, Director of Fellowships, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University (11th Dec, The Architecture Factory, CIT)
  • 2014- Entrepreneurship Education Seminar: Facilitating Entrepreneurial Capability in Higher Education. Wednesday 12th March, NIMBUS, CIT. Funded by Teaching and Learning Forum.
  • 2014- Engaging Students through Enterprise Societies. Hosted by Hincks Centre of Entrepreneurship Excellence, CIT and CEEN in Dublin Institute of technology on 27th November 2014. Funded by Teaching and Learning Forum.
  • 2015- Design Thinking for Entrepreneurship: (11th March NIMBUS, CIT)
  • 2016- Assessing Entrepreneurial Learning Outcomes (Wednesday, 9 March 2016, CIT)

 

Intensive Programmes and Bootcamps

The Hincks Centre has delivered entrepreneurship lectures across a number of entrepreneurship and innovation programmes internationally. The European Creative Futures programme is an Intensive Programme bringing together students from five European countries with the aim of promoting business acumen and entrepreneurial know-how among students intending to pursue careers in the creative industries.  CIT has been working on a Vietnam Ireland Bilateral Exchange (VIBE) programme: an Entrepreneurship project, with Danang University funded by Irish Aid through the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ireland and supported by the Irish Embassy in Vietnam

 

Series of Business Planning workshops developed and delivered to students

The Hincks centre has conducted workshops providing an overview of what needs to be considered when writing a business plan, addressing key questions about the target audience and style and content of the plan. The workshops provide insight from experienced trainers with practical advice on USP, marketing, promotion, budgets and financial management.

 

Feedback and Judging sessions on entrepreneurial ideas

Judging and feedback sessions are a critical part of the development of an innovative idea.  These sessions allow the participants to ‘learn by doing’, refining their methods of communicating their ideas, framing their ideas and evaluating their ideas.  Representatives from the Hincks centre regularly attend classes and competitions to judge and offer feedback on entrepreneurial ideas at various phases of the enterprise creation process.

 

International Entrepreneurship Education conference for CIT in 2018

Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) has been successful in its bid to host the 3E Conference - ECSB Entrepreneurship Education Conference - in May 2017.  Organised by the Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence at CIT the conference will attract researchers and educators from around the world. The event will offer an exclusive, and engaging, opportunity for participants to debate and exchange their experiences of the major challenges and advances in enterprise education. Pursuing the conference theme of ‘Building for the Future - Entrepreneurship Education, Training and Policy’, the conference will focus on problems and questions rather than on ready-made solutions through a unique and innovative format, with an award for the best question posed

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