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The Startup Scratch Book : Opening the Black Box of Startup Education (2021)

Abrahamsson, P., Suoranta, M., Lahti, S., & Kemell, K.-K. (2021). The Startup Scratch Book : Opening the Black Box of Startup Education. In E. Klotins, & K. Wnuk (Eds.), ICSOB 2020 : 11th International Conference of Software Business (pp. 193-200). Springer. Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, 407. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-67292-8_15

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All authors or editors: Abrahamsson, Pekka; Suoranta, Mari; Lahti, Sonja; Kemell, Kai-Kristian

Parent publication: ICSOB 2020 : 11th International Conference of Software Business

Parent publication editors: Klotins, Eriks; Wnuk, Krzysztof

Place and date of conference: Karlskrona, Sweden, 16.-18.2020

ISBN: 978-3-030-67291-1

eISBN: 978-3-030-67292-8

Journal or series: Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing

ISSN: 1865-1348

eISSN: 1865-1356

Publication year: 2021

Number in series: 407

Pages range: 193-200

Number of pages in the book: 229

Publisher: Springer

Place of Publication: Cham

Publication country: Switzerland

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-67292-8_15

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/78625


Teaching entrepreneurship and startups is a challenging task. Approaches using real or simulated entrepreneurship as a teaching method are also common in startup education. However, as educators and researchers, we typically only observe the outcomes of the startup journey between weekly lectures and other meetings, whereas the actions taken by the student teams can seldom be observed. This makes the process a black box. All valuable learnings, realizations, and big ideas happen in the students’ minds, and little evidence exists to say what happened during the course. As a result, we are entirely missing out on the most critical elements of the learning process. To remedy this issue, we propose a new tool for startup education: The Startup Scratch Book. Based on extant literature and our experiences in the area, we have devised this novel approach to learning diaries in startup education. We discuss the specifics of this proposed approach in this paper.

Keywords: startup companies; entrepreneurship education; higher education (teaching); educational methods; learning diaries

Free keywords: startup; software startup; entrepreneurship education; learning diary; methodology

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Reporting Year: 2021

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