TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURSHIP @ SFU: EXPERIENTIAL, INTERDISCIPLINARY LEARNING THROUGH AN IMMERSIVE TWO-YEAR PROGRAM
AbstractThis paper provides an overview of experiences to date in developing and delivering the Technology Entrepreneurship @ SFU program - an interdisciplinary program in which Mechatronic Systems Engineering and Business students at Simon Fraser University collaborate on market-driven, entrepreneurial initiatives that simultaneously satisfy their respective
capstone project requirements. The paper includes a discussion of program scope and objectives, design, implementation and revisions. The role of the program in providing experiential, interdisciplinary learning for Engineering and Business students through an immersive experience is discussed. Qualitative and quantitative program results to date are reviewed, with program enrollment and completion trends, course evaluation data and key stakeholder metrics indicating a level of success
in: (1) creating an interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial culture amongst the students, (2) preparing students for future career paths that may include entrepreneurship and (3) potential further commercialization of prototypes
developed in the Technology Entrepreneurship program. Longer-term measures of success are also considered and discussed in light of the experiences to date.