Discovering creativity and entrepreneurial mindset

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Have you ever wondered what an entrepreneurial mindset means? Take a look at the 15 Entrepreneurial Competencies, and get to know Katrina’s story too!

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Katrina Cirule

Growth Hacker

Event Organising Assistant in the Growth Hacker team and student in Bachelor’s Degree programme in Entrepreneurship and Team Leadership.

I believe that we have to be the change we want to see in this world, therefore I am curious about finding ways to develop myself and help to uplift others on the way.

Telegram: @katrina_cirule

As they say, we live in this rapidly changing world which demands even more diverse skills every day. An entrepreneurial mindset is an asset that benefits not only the individual, but the society as a whole, too. Nevertheless, a question remains – what does an entrepreneurial mindset even mean?

At the beginning of my studies in Entrepreneurship & Team Leadership in 2021, as a part of my curriculum, I was participating in the Sprint Innovation Festival. However, I got a very unexpected opportunity to be a part of this week-long challenge in the role of a coach assistant. I suppose, that’s where my HUBS story and journey to discover a new part of myself begin… So, let’s take a look at what entrepreneurship and with it related qualities mean from the perspective of the Entrepreneurship Competence Framework, HUBS, and my experience, too.

EntreComp as a guiding tool

Image 1. The Entrepreneurship Competence Framework. 

Entrepreneurship Competence Framework (EntreComp) is a tool developed by the European Commission. In order for one to create social, financial or cultural value, this concept offers a set of 15 interdisciplinary competences to develop. As the name of it might suggest, these 15 qualities and skills are separated into 3 key areas of entrepreneurship- ideas & opportunities, resources, and into action (see Image 1). These guidelines can be used as a navigation tool on both individual and organisational level to evolve the entrepreneurial mindset and support life-long learning (European Commission 2017).

Coaching at Sprint

My experience with the “competence flower” started in HUBS long before I even realized it. I had the chance to be a coach assistant in the SPRINT festival (see Image 2), where I first experienced the uplifting and inspiring community of HUBS. The experience of online hosting, managing schedules for a large group of people, diving into the world of innovation, and, for the most part, being surrounded by supportive and growth-oriented people all inspired me to apply for the Growth Hacker position for year 2022. 

Image 2. Katrina and Soonie in SPRINT.

My journey as a Growth Hacker

And here I am. It has now been my first semester as a Growth Hacker, and I can slowly begin to reflect on my experience during this time. Connecting my development to the EntreComp, I could relate it to every petal of the flower. However, I wish to highlight creativity and learning through experience.

Discovering creativity

I have learned that to be creative, one does not necessarily need to be artistic or crafty. Creativity, in my experience, also means having and creating more opportunities to innovate and trying new tools to do so. In the position of an event assistant, I am always looking for ways to bring something new to the table. Learning how to be okay with “bad” ideas and just being open to opportunities, as well as being patient with myself have been a new realization. Innovation can be fun, and most importantly – everyone can do it. It’s just a matter of time, consistency and attitude. 

Image 3. Katrina and Pinja in Pizza Brunch.

Get comfortable with the uncomfortable

Creativity, in my opinion, is also a part of the learning through experience process since it is often unpredictable and surprising. It is the challenge and the hands-on practice of learning that helps me understand how certain things work. As they say: “You have to get comfortable with the uncomfortable.” That’s what I am still learning every day – to see challenges as new opportunities for me to grow and learn. Of course, easier said than done. However I truly mean it when I say that a mindful attitude and experimentation are the keys for me to push myself forward.

The empowerment of HUBS

With the support of coaches, various courses, events and even job opportunities, HUBS supports team learning and the development of entrepreneurial competencies. I believe that it was the conversations at HUBS that empowered me to try new things and simply not be afraid. Especially in the circumstances of being a first-year student abroad! I am truly grateful to work with motivated and kind-hearted people. We all help each other to “do good and be good”. 

Reference list:

  1. European Commission. 2017. The European Entrepreneurship Competence Framework (EntreComp). Read on 3.5.2022. https://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=1317&langId=en

Images:

  1. Embedding Entrepreneurship Education. 2018. The Entrepreneurship Competence Framework. Seen on 3.5.2022. https://www.eee-platform.eu/the-entrecomp-competence-framework/
  2. Katrina and Soonie in SPRINT.
  3. Katrina and Pinja in Pizza Brunch.

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