Technology Entrepreneurship in Engineering Education: Harnessing the Technology Entrepreneurs in Filipino Engineering Students
Mancenido, Michelle V.
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The eventual career path of the young Filipino engineer after college graduation is employment with a multinational corporation. This traditional mindset has been molded over the years through the relentless and aggressive recruitment of MNC’S, which promise large salaries and compensatory benefits to new graduates. Very few, if some, take the less traveled but admittedly rockier road of starting up their own businesses. The paper discusses the rationale, methodology, and the results of an engineering elective course called Technology Entrepreneurship. The impetus for offering the course is the realization that engineering graduates are fully capable of helping propel the nation to progress through the fruition of technological researches into viable business ventures. The course was designed with two objectives considered: to educate and to inspire. The educational platform offered a full month seminar on devising feasibility studies for technology driven or market driven ideas and researches. This included seminars on marketing, supply chain, and accounting and finance. The "inspirational" platform included encouraging talks by alumni engineer entrepreneurs who shared their own experiences and valuable lessons gained in startup businesses. The talks covered areas such as business opportunity recognition, societal and economic awareness, organizational issues in startups, and venture capitalists, none of which are covered by the regular engineering curriculum. The full paper shall include a discussion of methodology, execution, results, and feedback on the course.