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Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught?


29th March 2012


Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught?

Much debate has been made about whether entrepreneurship can be taught to entrepreneurs or entrepreneurs are born. Past research studies by two professors from University of Virginia and IMD, Prof Saras Saravathy and Prof Stuart Read respectively, resulted in the “Effectual Thinking” framework, leading to a much wider body of knowledge that entrepreneurs can be taught. The learning process of how entrepreneurs start their businesses and how they proceed to venture creation can be framed, systematized and taught to new would-be entrepreneurs using the “Effectual Entrepreneurship in Action” framework.

The research of more than 60 founding entrepreneurs with highly successful business led the conclusion that expert entrepreneurs use the effectual thinking method of logical thinking instead of causal method. Effectual thinking method is based on who am I, what I know and whom I know to the initial value of the business. Each means that is gathered through the expansion of the entrepreneur’s network can create new venture possibilities and subsequently evolve into new ventures. Unlike the effectual method, causal method focuses on goal settings, situation analysis and strategies to getting to the goals. It is much more management science compared to effectual method.

MAD Incubator is collaborating with a global movement of Effectuation Instructors and Practitioners, started by Professor Saras Saravathy in the University of Virginia, to apply the Effectual theory into practice. This is the first in the world that is being used on entrepreneurs. This new program is called “Ideas Acceleration Program”. The Ideas Acceleration Program is structured using the “Effectual Reasoning” method in which MAD is championing as the reason why entrepreneurs are entrepreneurial.

MAD Incubator announced today the launch of the MAD Ideas Acceleration Program at its Technopreneur Open Day in Technology Park Malaysia. The Ideas Acceleration Program is a 3 months program comprising a combination of field work, classroom workshops, mentors, industry mixers and guest talks. It is a hands-on intensive program to bring entrepreneurs closer from ideation to creating a new venture. The program will commence on April 16 and prior to the launch, more than 20 entrepreneurs have signed up.

“This has never been done in Malaysia before,” said MAD’s CEO, Andrew Wong; “and MAD Incubator is always creating new frontier in Entrepreneur Development,” he added. MAD’s goal is to develop 100 new ventures through the Ideas Acceleration Program over the next 9 months in which batches of 35 entrepreneurs will be accepted in the each 3-months program. “We have lined up a list of exciting mentors, workshops and industry mixers to make sure that our entrepreneurs will be able to expand their network and subsequently move the venture forward,” said Wong.

MAD Incubator hopes that the IAP will springboard more entrepreneurs into business, moving Wong’s dream closer to achieving the 1000 entrepreneurs that he intends to develop by 2015.



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We serve only the best programs and support services; and our programs are designed to incorporate diverse technopreneurship experiences, thus ensuring that start-up technopreneurs are able to learn and gain better knowledge to succeed in the technopreneurial world.

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