SOTA Review

Measuring the Impact of Entrepreneurship Education within Higher Education. SOTA Review No 33

ERC SOTA Review No 33

Associated Themes
  • Entrepreneurship

A direct link between entrepreneurship education within Higher Education and business start-up and other economic growth measures is often assumed. The supporting literature on this is limited, however, with few studies looking at impact measures relating to actual venture creation. Where studies do exist, there is evidence of a generally positive relationship between engagement with entrepreneurship education programmes and outcomes such as entrepreneurial intent, acquisition of business-related skills and knowledge, actual business start-up, and company growth. Further research with an increased level of methodological rigour and which follows participants over a longer time period is needed, however, to confirm and better understand the situations in which the impacts important for economic growth can be created.