ISSN: 2222-8713
Volume 4, Number 1 (2014)
Teaching entrepreneurship: Insights into the students of the SEED programme and their perceptions of its non-traditional facilitation
Paul Pounder
This paper describes student perspectives on aspects of the Student Entrepreneurial Empowerment Development (SEED) programme. This programme is concerned with the teaching of entrepreneurship in the Management Studies degree at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados. SEED is usually taken in the first semester and the uniqueness of the programme is that there are no official lectures given by the faculty. The students are exposed to a series of presentations by entrepreneurs, faculty and entrepreneurial supporting agencies. A question and answer and discussion period follows each weekly session and is used to evaluate the involvement of the participants in the programme. In addition students prepare a business plan for their final project and this is judged by a panel of financiers. The final grade awarded in the SEED programme is based on quality of participation and presentations, plus technical abilities exhibited during group work. This paper gives insight into the students of the SEED programme and how they perceive non-traditional facilitators (entrepreneurs and service providers) as providing them with the key tools needed to be successful on their entrepreneurial journey.