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About us

Intentac is an international network and breeding ground for entrepreneurship that is truly global from the outset. The progamme brings together outstanding scholars and practioneers, on the one hand, and young prospective entrepreneurs on the other hand, for the purpose of widening horizons and gaining new inspiration and guidance how to establish pathbreaking knowledge-intensive ventures.

An international collegiate society that favours international entrepreneurship by Piero Formica, Founder of Intentac

The International Entrepreneurship Academy is an international collegiate society organized in national Chapters, with the initial cluster ensured by and formed in the sponsor countries.

An innovative learning setting

The Academy offers an innovative learning setting and hands-on experience inside operating businesses, thereby encouraging more people to become literate in entrepreneurship. The project-based curriculum along with collaborative partnerships with the private sector yields academic and extracurricular programmes that pay for themselves.

The Academy brings together outstanding practice-oriented scholars and theory-oriented practitioners, business mentors, and students.

Audience

The addressed audience is represented by those who are interested in becoming entrepreneurship and those who could work in the entrepreneurship-enabling environment (management of incubators, tech parks, R&D centres and laboratories, innovation programmes, seed capitals, et cetera.)

Alliance partners

The International Entrepreneurship Academy’s groundwork has been laid with the intellectual and financial contribution by its institutional partners; Zernike Group in the Netherlands, Tartu University in Estonia, Jönköping University in Sweden, Ebram Investments and King Saud University in Riyahd, Euroconsultants in Athens and Thessaloniki, Cofimp in Bologna, the Innovation Value Institute at the National University of Ireland and IEID, Institut Européen de l’Intelligence Digitale in Sophia Antipolis, France, World Student Community for Sustainable Development (WSCSD).

The Academy fosters interaction and networking in the same way as firms are expected to, and often do, and in the same way that inventors such as Watt and Edison did with representatives from a social network, which included other scientists, economists, financiers, and entrepreneurs.

The Academy operates in close co-operation with an external network of alliance partners worldwide (academic institutions, business firms, e-technology enablers, tailored groups of students, et cetera) with which it forms a value-added entrepreneurial community. This community experiments with innovative forms of education in and for entrepreneurship, enticing a new generation of students –the clerici vagantes (wandering students)of modern times, who leave their own countries with the intention of being away for a while. Then, they return home, often having already implemented their entrepreneurial projects with the educational institutions and companies abroad where they have been harboured.

Student international circulation

There is a growing area of consensus around the assumption that the international mobility of students is a vehicle for superior participation in the two types of entrepreneurship education: the camp that sets the stage for incremental improvements and the camp that sets in motion a process of thinking in unconventional ways and that comes up with heterodox ideas and proceeds in unexplored directions.

Open boundaries, education without borders, new connections, physical and virtual journeys into other places and disciplines: all these are ingredients that foster new ideas. The spirit of entrepreneurship is unconstrained by conventional cultural, political and geographical barriers. Findings from studies of entrepreneurship in different cultural contexts indicate that there are common values shared by entrepreneurs despite the diversity of their cultural roots.

Mobile students enrolled in the Academy’s entrepreneurship education programmes portray one noticeable form of alertness to business opportunities for mutual gain. In this respect, the Academy organizes international student mobility by developing a common education space for project-based student exchange schemes, which result in student team internships with universities, higher education institutions and companies from different countries.

Within this environment, students combine the theoretical part of their qualification with a real project, realised for a real company.

A new context for learning and experimenting

The modus operandi of the Academy is characterized by a multi-disciplinary approach, offering integrative links between disciplines and economic sectors. In this respect, the academy is a “theatre of operations” at the convergence of sciences – a phenomenon nowadays evident in the fields of nano, info, bio and cognitive sciences. Various sectors, ranging from industry to services and publicly dominated spheres, such as the health or education sectors, are becoming more prone to the opportunities of entrepreneurship. The Academy coordinates all of them into a coherent strategy.

There are three dimensions that justify the Academy as a new context for learning:

  • Critical thinking oriented toward ‘doing’ – that is, “constructive thinking”.
  • Conversion of knowledge into innovation – “Innovation is knowledge in action”.
  • Creation of heterogeneous groups of producers and consumers of learning – “knowledge socialisation”. 

Laboratory experiments

The Academy organizes laboratory experiments where the function and performance of high-expectation start-ups are evaluated. The results of experiments give entrepreneur candidates, financiers and policy makers a deeper understanding of the actual workings of real-world new markets. Experiments point out how high-expectation entrepreneurs should cultivate market outcomes, which behaviour should guide trust building between the formers and their potential financiers, and how policy makers should design and test “rules of the game”.

The Academy provides students with the opportunity to explore entrepreneurial ideas and develop practical entrepreneurial skills to be implemented in an “incubator without borders” environment and turned into high-expectation start-ups (“entrepreneurial growth companies”).

Among the sources new venture creation can draw upon are the diverse backgrounds, competences and experiences of those who are in charge of the Business Lab, Business Incubator and Business Growth operations at the Science Park Jönköping, in close collaboration with Jönköping University. In particular:

  • the Business Lab supports idea generation, product and business idea development for individuals, companies, and organisations;
  • the Business Incubator supports the commercialisation and development of new businesses; and
  • the Business Growth supports continuous growth and development of technology- and knowledge intensive companies.

As a catalyst of a pool of interests toward which agents in the market and investors with specialised expertise in starting and growing new companies tend to converge, the Academy makes start-up businesses more likely to succeed.


 

 

 

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