Entrepreneur Scan - scientifically proven test on entrepreneurship
Entrepreneur Scan (E-Scan) gives an instant online insight into the entrepreneurial skills and aptitude of students.
Based on Dr. Martijn Driessen's scientific research, this entrepreneur test identifies the strongest and weakest enterprising skills of anyone. Each student receive a PDF page with his/her results (the 1 page summary of the test can be added to a business plan for example). The tool is well rated and considered very useful by both students and teachers.
More than 500,000 people took the E-Scan. With the 360 degrees feedback feature, up to 3 people may comment on the E-Scan of an individual student. This gives extensive feedback on how others see students' entrepreneurial profiles and uncovers blindspots.
Purpose and process
The main aim of E-Scan is to reveal the strongest entrepreneurial skills of people taking the test and help develop their profile online with the related Entrepreneur Platform, that is closely associated with Entrepreneur Scan.
Watch the following 2 minute video to better understand what E-Scan is about.
If a school or a teacher wants to start working with E-Scan the next steps will take place:
1. Indicate by mail you want to work with E-Scan and give us your:
- full name
- e-mail address
- school name
- number of students that will execute E-Scan
2. You will receive a username and password for school account assigned to your e-mail address and you will receive by email also a PDF with generated usernames and passwords to distribute or hand out to each student.
3. Every student will receive their full results on their screen, right after completing the E-Scan. Then, students can also start inviting up to 3 people to give feedback on their profile. All those providing feedback will receive an e-mail and by clicking on a link in it they will start answering the E-Scan about the student. A notification will be sent to the student, once the feedback is completed.
4. As a teacher you will receive a notification by e-mail that a student completed his/her E-Scan. With your school account you can view their results too.
5. In the classroom you can discuss the results together with all students, or just with the student company if applicable. In both situations, the principles of giving and receiving feedback applies.
TIP 1: If you have time, it is better to discuss reports and student's results in one-to-one meetings. If possible, relate E-Scan results to context of business plans or real life situations students experienced earlier in life.
TIP 2: Let every student choose 3 competences to work on and let them 'go' into a development plan. After completing E-Scan they can view their results online in - what we call - their Entrepreneur Platform. Here they can create and work online on their personal development plan.
- Higher self-awareness, especially through the 360 degrees feedback
- Better understanding of what skills and attitude are needed for entrepreneurship in general
- Better grasp of students' strongest and weakest entrepreneurial skills and aptitude
- Clearer view on what and how to further develop students entrepreneurial skills
- If used in team startups or student companies, better team formation and improved team results
- Better understanding and acceptance of differences between entrepreneurial styles and profiles, which helps assessing others’ abilities and who and how to complement their own entrepreneurial profile. In the end better team formation and cooperation.
- School or class-wide impact measuring, especially when a pre and post measuring is done. It will help evaluate teaching methods. It also gives students insight about how they have grown in the their entrepreneurial abilities or become more self-aware about what their stronger and weaker points and how to address or complement that.
Curricular or thematic relevance
If entrepreneurship is part of the national curricula (especially in Small Business and Retail Management or student companies) this tool fits best.
How to organise:
For information about how to organise this tool in the classroom, please see what it is written in 'Purpose and process" paragraph.
On average, students need 20 minutes to complete the E-Scan. Writing their personal development plan is another story. It is the hardest part and it can take up to 3 - 4 hours of homework.
Discussion of the E-Scan in class or in student company can be done in one hour - one hour and a half.
One-to-one discussions with a student on his/her E-Scan can take up to one hour - one hour and a half.
Assessment and evaluation approaches
E-Scan is a scientifically proven self assessment. Together with 360 degrees feedback it also provides peer assessment.
When used in student companies or team startups it does not only serve as an individual assessment but also as a team assessment.
Team analysis based on the individual scores of students can be provided by the Entrepreneur Consultancy as an extra service.
All these assessments help evaluate individual performance, (if possible) team performance and school or class performance by measuring the impact of the activitiies and their learning outcomes.
Not needed. But if available, voluntary involvement by an entrepreneur as a mentor or professional business coach may increase the learning outcomes.
For further information have a look at Entrepreneur Scan website or its brochure.
If you want to use E-Scan or you need more information, please contact Entrepreneur Consultancy.
Please notice that the tool costs $ 47 but it is for free for JA-YE network (sponsored by Entrepreneur Scan).
Files for download:Flyer_eScan_for_students.pdf / 264kB
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