Pitching and the Other International Practices of Innovation Competitions: Channel for Youth Entrepreneurship

Pitching and the Other International Practices of Innovation Competitions: Channel for Youth Entrepreneurship

Rauno Rusko (University of Lapland, Finland), Katja Härkönen (University of Lapland, Finland) and Sofia Petäjäniemi (University of Lapland, Finland)
Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 27
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0953-0.ch007
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Abstract

This chapter focuses on the international practices of innovation competitions. Pitching is a truly global phenomenon in the education and youth entrepreneurship, which has similar structures and contents all over the world. Thus, this international practice follows the ideas of Ohmae (1990) about the borderless world. In other words, the micro-activities and the practices of innovation events are following the joint global macro-level frameworks and practices. However, there seems to be slight differences of these events basing on how these events are named or marketed in the Web. Some of these events are web-based while others involve face-to-face happenings. All these forms of pitching events provide important channel for young entrepreneurship. This chapter focuses on the international practices of innovation competitions. Pitching is a truly global phenomenon in the education and youth entrepreneurship, which has similar structures and contents all over the world. Thus, this international practice follows the ideas of Ohmae about the borderless world. In other words, the micro-activities and the practices of innovation events are following the joint global macro-level frameworks and practices. However, there seems to be slight differences of these events basing on how these events are named or marketed in the Web. Some of these events are web-based while others involve face-to-face happenings. All these forms of pitching events provide important channel for young entrepreneurship.
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The General Role Of Practices

In order to understand the importance and role of the contemporary practices of business, it is essential to consider the general role of practices in social sciences and management. Considering common practices is the typical research perspective in contemporary studies of management. The main focus of these studies on practices is on the micro-activities. However, this chapter takes into account - and even emphasizes - the importance of macro level and international level practices. In addition to micro versus macro level activities, this section divides the discussions about practices into three categories: discussions based on social sciences (e.g. sociology), business and management (especially strategy), and on educational studies.

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