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Blue Bio Value Ideation: Cultivating an Entrepreneurial Mindset Across Campus

Updated: Sep 27, 2022

We all have a mindset, although we are often not aware of it or how it affects our lives. In fact, our mindset is capable of exposing opportunities and awakening our ambition.

But what is this "mindset" thing?

A mindset is a cognitive system, made up of interrelated beliefs, ideas, assumptions, and knowledge that we use to process information, inform our decisions, and guide our actions. In this logic of thought, an entrepreneurial mindset is a specific set of beliefs, knowledge and thoughts that drive entrepreneurial behavior. People with this type of mindset believe they have control over their actions and results and are highly action- and solution-oriented. Furthermore, they are resilient, focused, curious, creative, among other characteristics.

It’s often believed that this mentality is born with us and that it’s an exceptional and rare characteristic, granted only to a few, or even inherited. But, in fact, the entrepreneurial mindset can be acquired and enhanced through entrepreneurial learning experiences. And what better place to create these experiences than in the universities themselves? The place where the labor market and knowledge intersect?

Blue Bio Value Ideation at NOVA SBE

Blue Bio Value Ideation at NOVA SBE

That's why BGI teamed up with the Oceano Azul Foundation, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and Blue Bio Alliance to take students, researchers, professors, entrepreneurs and innovators to NOVA SBE and Porto Business School to have a unique and immersive experience in the entrepreneurial environment. During a weekend, participants were able to attend training sessions and get to work to create innovative and sustainable business ideas related to the ocean and bioresources.

In this blog post, we show you the best moments of these last two weekends and tell you how we helped our talented participants gain an entrepreneurial mindset.

1. Energizers

In these workshops, we found it important to include energizers - small activities that we use throughout the workshops to encourage the involvement and interaction of participants, helping them to be more alert and active. These activities were a great way to bring the group together and start working in a positive way.

Energizer with the participants - Porto Ideation.

Energizer with the participants - Porto Ideation

2. Success stories and testimonials from startups

A good way to acquire an entrepreneurial mindset is to listen to the stories and advice of experts and those who have also created the same mindset. We believe that powerful entrepreneurial mindsets are capable of triggering other entrepreneurial mindsets.