The eVenturing Entrepreneur's Resource Center is hosted by the Ewing Marion Kaufman Foundation to assist aspiring entrepreneurs to find high quality web-accessible articles that provide insight into the types of challenges they may face in their own ventures. he site provides material concerning entrepreneurship divided into seven business topic and then further divided into subtopics. There appears to be a wealth of information categorized and located from the site.
Type of Material:
Good research resource to support individual or group projects. Each subsection is broken down to Entrepreneurs' Stories, How To's, and Tools & Templates.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
For an entrepreneur, the goal would be to find expertise embodied in articles about typical issues and challenges an entrepreneur might face. For a student, the site provides an excellent resource for finding articles about many aspects of entrepreneurship and management in general.
Target Student Population:
Undergraduate or graduate courses in entrepreneurship, although it may also be useful for introductory Management courses or courses in Business Strategy when looking at entrepreneurial ventures.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic understanding of business principles across various disciplinary areas.
Each resource in the list has been vetted by the staff at the Kauffman Center for quality and usefulness to aspiring entrepreneurs. Annotations are provided as well as overviews of the subsection concepts and how they tie into the activities of entrepreneurs in trying to make their businesses successful.The glossary of terms is excellent, one can search by key word or by first letter of the word. Also, the search feature and the advanced search feature is complete and quick. There is a plethora of information linked to the main site all reviewed by members of the organization that supports the site.
There is such a plethora of information, so much so that the choices of which link to are overwhelming.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The site is somewhat of a one-stop-shop for good resources about entrepreneurial activity. This site is best used to begin to understand the concepts of entrepreneurship or small business rather than to become an entrepreneur or small business owner.
The target audience is an entrepreneur looking for insight into specific areas of concern or for ways to enhance the success of his/her business. The site is more of a resource than a teaching tool. There are no lessons or assignments other than researching information concerning entrepreneurship. Learning objectives are vague, as stated on the home page: provides a wealth of original articles, written by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, and aggregates "the best of the best" content on the Web related to starting and running high-impact companies.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
A very well designed and intuitive site. It offers a neutral background, a good fast search tool, and an average advanced search tool.
The site is overwhelming in terms of the amount of material presented and the inexperienced user determining where to go for what type of information. The search tool although quick, should narrow the choices.
Other Issues and Comments:
The site offers a plethora of information that has all be reviewed by Kauffman Center personnel to be of high quality. A lot of work has gone into creating and reviewing the material presented on cite.
This could be a very useful site paired with the right type of project, for example, development of a business plan.
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