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Welcome to the European Entrepreneurship Case Study Resource Centre

The European Entrepreneurship Case Study Resource Centre (EECSRC) was established as part of a European Commission Call for Proposals entitled ‘Entrepreneurial Culture of Young People, and Entrepreneurship Education’ (ENT/CIP/09/E/N02S001). A number of reports produced by the European Commission had identified entrepreneurship education as a critical element for achieving economic growth and creating employment. The European Commission’s commitment to entrepreneurship education is reflected throughout this website, and it is the objective of this Resource Centre to support and encourage entrepreneurship education by:

  1. Facilitating a more practical-orientated approach to the teaching of entrepreneurship across European universities, that will:
    1. Support university entrepreneurship courses aiming to equip students with the requisite analytical skills for practical entrepreneurial action;
    2. Provide students with the opportunity to simulate entrepreneurial actions  and entrepreneurial decision making;
    3. Connect students with the real world of business and entrepreneurial activity by showing them ‘how to learn’ as opposed to telling students what ‘what to learn’.
  2. Contributing to the creation of a common European platform for university entrepreneurship education.
  3. Highlighting to third level students the relevance of entrepreneurship to contemporary European society and economy, and encouraging them to consider the role that entrepreneurial activity, and an entrepreneurial mindset, will play in their own contribution to European society and economy.

Entrepreneurship is, to a large extent, a ‘learning by doing’ subject, meaning that the practical aspects of learning from others, and what they have done before, is crucial. The use of European case studies is critically important in entrepreneurial education, as they enable students to identify with local role models and with local challenges. Cases studies are an important teaching tool in entrepreneurial education, as they provide a greater emphasis on experiential and action learning.

Using active learning methods, such as case studies, is often more complex than traditional teaching methods. As a result, this European Entrepreneurial Case Study Resource Centre was developed to encourage and foster this approach to teaching by providing entrepreneurial case studies and resources to third level education facilitators throughout Europe, and by promoting the European Student Enterprise Competition.

The content was developed as part of an EU Funded CIP program.

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Entrepreneurial Quotes:

“If I had asked the public what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse” - Henry Ford

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower” - Steve Jobs

"Experience taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you're generally better off sticking with what you know. And the third is that sometimes your best investments are the ones you don't make." - Donald Trump

“The real source of wealth and capital in this new era is not material is the human mind, the human spirit, the human imagination, and our faith in the future.” - Steve Forbes

"The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.” - Debbi Fields

“Since we live in an age of innovation, a practical education must prepare a man for work that does not yet exist and cannot yet be clearly defined” - Peter Drucker

“People mix up entrepreneurship with risk-taking ...An entrepreneur is a risk-minimizer, an opportunity seeker.” - Peter Farrell

"An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he'll quickly learn how to chew it.” - Roy Ash

“Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity - not a threat” - Peter Drucker

“Nobody talks of entrepreneurship as survival, but that's exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking.” - Anita Roddick

“Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.” - William Pollard

“Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time.” - Bill Gates

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on” - Albert Einstein

"I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others... I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent." - Thomas Edison

“If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative.” - Woody Allen

"Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations." - Steve Jobs

"Business opportunities are like buses, there's always another one coming." - Richard Branson

"You win by trying, and failing. Test, try, fail, measure, evolve, repeat, persist, …" - Seth Godin

The most successful people are those who are good at Plan B.” - James Yorke

“I wanted to be an editor or a journalist, I wasn't really interested in being an entrepreneur, but I soon found I had to become an entrepreneur in order to keep my magazine going.” - Richard Branson

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