#BigBeacon Twitter chat – Apr 27 – Accelerating Student Technology Invention & Innovation for Scalable Impact
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We are dedicating our next Twitter chat to illuminating the power of intrapreneurship. We’ll discuss what engineering colleges are doing to cultivate intrapreneurs, the ten commandments of intrapreneurship, and discuss how the entrepreneurial mindset is what supercharges these engines within companies.
For many, the phrase “entrepreneurial mindset” sparks thoughts of startups and new ventures, but the entrepreneurial mindset is bigger than entrepreneurship! It can be applied in every situation in life and work, whether within a company, government, nonprofit, or university — everywhere. In fact, the majority of engineering undergraduates won’t start their own ventures after they graduate; they’ll join companies.
This is why a core part of KEEN‘s mission is to ensure that engineering students are equipped to be agents of change, or intrapreneurs, within their companies. But what does that mean? Sir Richard Branson defines an intrapreneur as, “an employee who is given freedom and financial support to create new products, services, and systems.”
Think about it: every company was once a startup made successful through people with an entrepreneurial mindset. Intrapreneurs with that same mindset can and will contribute to the continued success of organizations they are a part of, driving growth and meeting customer and client needs.
While engineers will continue to fill all types of roles from production to research, a focus on creating intrapreneurs is game-changing. Engineers empowered by both technical skills and an entrepreneurial mindset will drive positive change and create value in industry, for society, and for the world of tomorrow.
You are invited to join us on Wednesday, November 11 at 8:00 pm ET. Use the hashtag #BigBeacon to join in the conversation. But before you do, take a moment to watch this video which explains what the entrepreneurial mindset is and why it is so valuable to everyone (including intrapreneurs).
The Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) is a collaboration of U.S. universities that strive to instill an entrepreneurial mindset in undergraduate engineering students. KEEN’s mission is to graduate engineers with an entrepreneurial mindset so they can create personal, economic, and societal value through a lifetime of meaningful work. In a dynamic and interconnected world, it is critical for undergraduate engineering schools to teach technical skills while fostering curiosity, connections, and the creation of value. KEEN promotes collaboration among institutions and individuals who share this compelling vision.
If you’ve never Twitter chatted before, don’t worry; it’s very easy! First, get a Twitter account if you don’t already have one, and log in. At 8 PM ET on Wednesday go to twitter.com and type #BigBeacon into the search box on Twitter. Thereafter all the tweets with the hashtag #BigBeacon will show up on your Twitter page. To participate, simply express your opinion by sending a tweet, and be sure to append the hashtag #BigBeacon so other members of the Twitter Chat see you are posting. Alternatively, automate the hashtag search and append feature by using the free service Tchat at http://www.tchat.io.