Thesis: Enabling Entrepreneurial Learning

Update (5/28/13): Final draft of thesis is available here.

Update (4/29/13): I'm currently on the second draft of my thesis. As soon as I finish my final draft, I will be making it available here.

As I'm finishing my thesis, I'm writing my first draft in chunks and posting them on this blog. The following table of contents provides links to completed sections I think should be included in the book. The table of contents is still a work in progress, and the current draft of each section can be found at their respective link. If you think there's something that should be included or want to chat about my thesis, feel free to leave a comment or get in contact with me.

To see all posts related to my thesis, click here.

Table of Contents:
  1. Introduction
    1. The Opportunity for Design to Add Value
    2. The Reason Entrepreneurial Learning Matters
    3. Motivation to Design in the Information Tech Startup Community
    4. The Local Philadelphia Backdrop
  2. Literature Research
    1. What is Entrepreneurship?
    2. What is a Startup?
      1. Different Types of Information Technology Startups
      2. The Information Technology Startup's Lifecycle & When Do Mentors First Get Involved
    3. What is Entrepreneurial Learning?
    4. What is a Mentor?
      1. How do Mentors Enable Entrepreneurial Learning?
      2. Return on Involvement - The Mentor's Motivation
  3. Field Research
    1. First Round of Interviews: Interviews with Community Members
      1. Analysis of First Round of Interviews
    2. Mapping the Philadelphia IT Startup Ecosystem
    3. Second Round of Interviews: Tangible Interviews
      1. Analysis of Second Round of Interviews
      2. Barrier to Accessing Mentors
    4. Serendipity, Trust, and Identification: Three Areas that Greatly Influence Mentor-Entrepreneur Interactions
    5. Finding the "Right" Mentor
    6. Observations of Mentor-Entrepreneur Interactions
    7. Visualizing Mentoring Conversations
      1. Mentoring Conversations Visualized: More Data, New Discoveries
      2. Mentoring Data: Extracting Useful Information, Pie Graphs and Bar Graphs
    8. A Mentoring Pattern Discovered
  4. Multiple Opportunities to Enable Entrepreneurial Learning
    1. A Mentoring System
      1. Iteration One
      2. Iteration Two
      3. Iteration Three
      4. Iteration Four
    2. Prototype 1: Request For Mentoring (RFM)
      1. Iteration One
      2. Iteration Two
      3. Iteration Three
      4. Iteration Four
      5. Iteration Five
      6. Iteration Six

    3. Prototype 2: Mentoring Progress Report

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