Improving the prevalence and success of student entrepreneurship

Jon Eckhardt, associate professor of management and human resources and Discovery Fellow, presented his research on student entrepreneurship entitled “University Degrees and Entrepreneurship – A US Perspective from a US University” at an international conference in December 2019.

The AlmaLaurea – Unioncamere Conference invited scholars to Rome, Italy to announce the availability of new research database on entrepreneurship in Italy. Scholars were invited to provide a global context on the new database. The conference brought together academics dedicated to improving the prevalence and success of student entrepreneurs as well as advancing the understanding of student entrepreneurship by contributing to academic research.

While most academic research involving universities and entrepreneurship focuses on the commercialization of university discovered intellectual property, the focus of this meeting was to examine scholarly findings on what characteristics and experiences make some students more inclined toward entrepreneurship.