Developing Responsible and Sustainable Innovations in Entrepreneurship Education – Introducing the Sandbox Approach

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As entrepreneurship educators, we typically bring together students in entrepreneurial teams and let them develop and work on their own ideas. Most of the time, their ideas are innovative, interesting, and inspiring. They also increasingly take sustainability into account, still this needs to be fostered systematically. So how could we support these students to tackle global challenges and develop sustainable ideas? To develop more sustainable ideas, entrepreneurship education concepts need to bridge the perspectives of multiple stakeholders. Developing innovation communities within a framework of an open innovation process presents a suitable approach with a possible long-term impact in this regard. The “Sandbox Innovation Process” combines a structured open innovation process while fostering an innovation community enabled to solve regional challenges. Using this workshop concept, participants can experience the “Sandbox Approach” at firsthand and develop comprehensive concepts for their common challenges. This workshop is a starting point to reflect on how researchers and educators in entrepreneurship can become key drivers for developing sustainable solutions. This is supported by a framework that takes contextual constraints into account and reflects on the Sustainable Development Goals.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransforming Entrepreneurship Education: Interdisciplinary Insights on Innovative Methods and Format
EditorsJantje Halberstadt, Antonieta Alcorta de Bronstein, Jean Greyling, Shaun Bissett
Number of pages7
Place of PublicationCham
Publication date01.01.2023
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-11577-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-11578-3
Publication statusPublished - 01.01.2023

Bibliographical note

The project “Sandbox Innovation Process” has been funded by the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRE) and is situated at the Leuphana University’s Cooperation Service with Prof. Markus Reihlen as the scientific project leader. More information: (in German).

This workshop concept was tested at the AOM Specialized Conference on Responsible Leadership in Rising Economies in Bled, Slovenia, in 2019 and adjusted for the virtual RENT Conference 2020 hosted by the ECSB. We thank the organizers of both conferences for the opportunity to try out this concept and the participants for engaging with us in further discussion. Additionally, the pilot version of the Sandbox Innovation Process was scientifically evaluated in a bachelor’s thesis by Anja Knaut. The insights from this thesis greatly inspired the further development of our concepts.