The Entrepreneurial School® offers the following services in the field of Entrepreneurship & Start-up:
As the Entrepreneurial School®, the MCI is the first point of contact for numerous entrepreneurs and company founders for all questions concerning entrepreneurship. The university offers ideal conditions for promoting entrepreneurial spirit, supporting experienced entrepreneurs with advice and assistance, and accompanying company founders on their way to becoming entrepreneurs.
As The Entrepreneurial School®, the MCI supports students, graduates and partner organizations in their entrepreneurial activities and promotes the development of the skills required by successful entrepreneurs.
MCI aims to provide comprehensive teaching of entrepreneurial skills. Accordingly, curricula are supplemented with practical projects, international study trips, company excursions, symposia, workshops and boot camps. In addition, the MCI offers a range of cross-study services, such as numerous lecture and discussion events that facilitates entrepreneurship topics and sensitize students to specific issues, business plan competitions, individual consulting & coaching in the field of start-up and spin-off, continuing education programs, networking in the regional entrepreneurship ecosystem, and, last but not least, research projects in the field of entrepreneurship and start-ups.
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MCI offers a range of cross-study services:
In order to provide the best support in the field of entrepreneurship, the MCI works together with various partners from the regional entrepreneurship ecosystem. The MCI is a member of Startup.Tirol, the regional umbrella organization founded to promote entrepreneurial activities in Tirol and to develop a sustainable entrepreneurship ecosystem. In cooperation with Startup.Tirol, the MCI organizes a number of programs, events and projects every year.
The MCI awards digital certificates and a so-called digital badges for entrepreneurial skills that are acquired in parallel to regular studies. These digital certificates can be shared via social media and make competencies more visible to potential employers, project partners and clients. The MCI offers two badges in the field of entrepreneurship:
The Digital Badge in Entrepreneurship, which includes a series of seminars and activities that help to gain a sound understanding of entrepreneurship, developing business ideas, and creating a solid business plan
The Digital Badge Start-up Management, which includes theoretical and practical experience in the field of start-up management. It prepares students for a further career in the field of start-up, as founders and/or employees.
More information about the badges can be found here.
Every beginning is hard. That's why we want to pick up our students and graduates right here and support them with advice and assistance from the very beginning! The MCI serves as the first point of contact for questions concerning starting up. As The Entrepreneurial School®, the MCI supports start-ups and encourages the development of spin-offs. Together with our experts, the status quo will be determined and a guideline for further action developed.
MCI’s study programs (Bachelor, Master, MBA, PhD) comprise a diverse and vast number of curricular modules, courses and seminars within the scope of entrepreneurship. In addition, our international students can also avail of a selection of summer and winter schools geared towards current topics such as digital entrepreneurship, innovation & start-up, and digital business models etc.
In particular, two Master programs are specifically dedicated to Entrepreneurship:
Through efficient support, supervision and mentoring, MCI has helped students, graduates and employees develop their innovative business ideas thus resulting in the founding of multiple start-ups and spin-offs in recent years.
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Research at the MCI is solution-oriented and positions itself at the interface between theory and practice. In the field of entrepreneurship, the MCI is distinguished by the following main fields of research:
Additionally, MCI works directly with various companies and organizations to find solutions for national and international customers and their problems (process optimization, innovation development, efficiency improvement, prototyping, etc.).
To date, the MCI has successfully carried out various research projects in the field of entrepreneurship. A selection of these can be found here.
The PIETE Erasmus+ project was launched last year as a follow-up to the TripleE Erasmus+ project and focuses on strengthening entrepreneurial skills in teacher education. The consortium, consisting of Univations - Institute for Knowledge and Technology Transfer at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (project management), the Academy of Technology and Humanities in Bielsko-Biała, the University of Economics Katowice, the University of Szeged in Hungary, the renowned University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN) in Amsterdam, as well as the University of Education Tyrol and the MCI, promotes in regional tandem constellations the entrepreneurial competence development of educators.
In the course of the national initiative WTZ – knowledge transfer centres have been established throughout Austria. MCI is part of the Knowledge Transfer Centre West (WTZ), and involved in the cooperation plan ‘economy and society’, where, together with the Medical University of Innsbruck, an Entrepreneurship online course consisting of micro-lecture series for students, graduates and young researchers will be developed. Furthermore, MCI is also involved in the ‘MINT region West’ cooperation plan, where the goal of inspiring pupils to engage in disciplines such as mathematics, informatics, natural sciences and technology is at the fore.
In the course of the latest Erasmus+ Project TripleE – Embedding Entrepreneurship Education, MCI developed an entrepreneurship teaching toolkit (Download) with 23 theoretical and practical modules to support innovative thinking and foster the development of entrepreneurial skills among students stemming from various disciplines and study programs. All modules can be combined in a flexible way to complement existing courses or to develop new ones. The toolkit further provides suggestions for three different courses and target groups (basic course, advanced course, social entrepreneurship course).
Further exciting activities around the topic of entrepreneurship
In 2019, the IECER Entrepreneurship Conference was held at MCI. This interdisciplinary conference is an annual international conference that addresses topics in the field of entrepreneurship research and brings together participants from the academic, business and political spheres.
On a regular basis, MCI organizes Distinguished Guest Lectures where entrepreneurs, CEOs, start-ups from all over the world are invited to share their experiences. In line with the “Third Mission” of universities, the distinguished guest lectures provide new impulses and strengthen the exchange of knowledge and experience between business and academia.
Digital Badges are badges in digital format that identify skills acquired extracurricular to formal studies. These digital certificates can be shared via social media and make competences more visible to potential employers, project partners and clients. The MCI offers two badges in the field of entrepreneurship:
Students of all MCI programs can acquire MCI badges during their studies (extra-curricular i.e. in addition to their regular studies, without ECTS) at the Entrepreneurial School®. Once you have met all the requirements and proven your abilities, you will receive your digital badge. Students can select badges according to their preferences, interests and personal career plans and thus design individual career portfolios for their future. In addition, students acquire digital skills and personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
The registration period runs from 1st September to 15th October (limited contingent) - click here to register! Within one year, the students go through a series of mandatory and elective seminars, workshops, courses and learning experiences. Upon successful completion, they receive a digital badge in the respective subject field.