The Stu­dent Trai­ning for En­tre­pre­neu­ri­al Pro­mo­ti­on (STEP) is a joint pro­ject of Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty and se­veral part­ner uni­ver­si­ties all over the world. The STEP trai­ning aims to pro­mo­te en­tre­pre­neurship among youths and un­der­gra­dua­te stu­dents by pro­vi­ding them with know­ledge, skills, and con­fi­dence in how to start a new busi­ness. The STEP trai­ning is uni­que in­so­far as it is ac­tion-ori­en­ted and evi­dence-ba­sed. Du­ring the 12-week STEP trai­ning, the trainees en­ga­ge in start-up pro­cess of a real mi­cro busi­ness to learn en­tre­pre­neurship “on-the-job”. The trainees learn how to start and run a new busi­ness ba­sed on ac­tion-prin­ci­ples that have been de­ri­ved from the sci­en­ti­fic li­te­ra­tu­re on en­tre­pre­neurship, ma­nage­ment, and psy­cho­lo­gy.

The STEP trai­ning has been im­ple­men­ted at uni­ver­si­ties and vo­ca­tio­nal trai­ning in­sti­tu­ti­ons in Ugan­da, Ke­nya, Tan­za­nia, Rwan­da, Li­be­ria, Lesotho, Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique, Lebanon, Philippines and Mexico. The STEP trai­ning is eva­lua­ted ac­cor­ding to the hig­hest sci­en­ti­fic stan­dards. The eva­lua­ti­on stu­dies have shown that the STEP trai­ning has ef­fects on trainees’ en­tre­pre­neu­ri­al mind-set and behaviour such as in­crea­ses in trainees’ in­ten­ti­ons to start a busi­ness, con­fi­dence in their en­tre­pre­neu­ri­al skills, ac­tion know­ledge about how to start a busi­ness, and ac­tion plan­ning for star­ting a real new busi­ness in the short-term and higher start-up ac­tivi­ties, entrepreneurial activity, eco­no­mic va­lue creation and income in the long-term. More re­cent re­se­arch pro­jects ba­sed on the STEP trai­ning show that the STEP trai­ning com­pen­sa­tes for a lack of fi­nan­ci­al ca­pi­tal in the start-up pro­cess and leads to hig­her life sa­tis­fac­tion in the short- and long-run.

For more Information please check out the STEP Website.

Source: Leuphana University Lüneburg