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Sustainability 2015, 7(7), 8205-8222; doi:10.3390/su7078205

Fostering Sustainable Energy Entrepreneurship among Students: The Business Oriented Technological System Analysis (BOTSA) Program at Eindhoven University of Technology

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Eindhoven Energy Institute, Strategic Area Energy, Eindhoven University of Technology, Den Dolech 2, 5612AZ Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Innovation Lab, Eindhoven University of Technology, Den Dolech 2, 5612AZ Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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School of Innovation Sciences, Eindhoven University of Technology, Den Dolech 2, 5612AZ Eindhoven, The Netherlands
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Armin Lude
Received: 4 April 2015 / Revised: 5 June 2015 / Accepted: 18 June 2015 / Published: 25 June 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Education for Sustainable Development)
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The Business Oriented Technological System Analysis (BOTSA) program is a new teaching and learning concept developed by Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands) with participation from innovative companies in renewable energy. It is designed to stimulate sustainable entrepreneurship among engineering students in this field. The program combines the placement of students in companies to study and contribute to the development and incubation of sustainable energy innovations, with a curriculum at the university designed to support these internships from a scientific perspective. The teaching method assists students in developing a broad system view that enables them to analyze the potential of, and bottlenecks to promising innovations from a realistic business perspective. This empowers students to identify those techno-economic aspects that are critical to innovation success, and advise the entrepreneurs about these aspects. Experience indicates that teachers, students, and entrepreneurs find BOTSA a valuable way of coaching, learning and working. Theoretical support for this method is found in system analysis originating in evolutionary innovation theory in combination with concepts of entrepreneurship, business model generation and sustainable/green innovation. View Full-Text
Keywords: teaching concepts; practice-based learning; university-business collaboration; the entrepreneurial university; sustainable entrepreneurship; sustainable business; sustainable energy technologies; sustainable innovation teaching concepts; practice-based learning; university-business collaboration; the entrepreneurial university; sustainable entrepreneurship; sustainable business; sustainable energy technologies; sustainable innovation
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Wijnker, M.; van Kasteren, H.; Romijn, H. Fostering Sustainable Energy Entrepreneurship among Students: The Business Oriented Technological System Analysis (BOTSA) Program at Eindhoven University of Technology. Sustainability 2015, 7, 8205-8222.

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