How Do I

Learn About the Entrepreneurial Mindset (EM)?

What is the Entrepreneurial Mindset?

An entrepreneurial mindset (EM) equips people to identify opportunities and create value in any context. This learned behavior is a way of thinking about the world and acting upon what you see. 

Welcome to EM 101!

In this video, Doug Melton discusses how the concept of "mindset" is relevant to educators and why it's vital for your students' future success. As we explore habit of mind and thinking patterns, think about how motivations, attitudes, and skills influence entrepreneurial outcomes. 

The 3C's of Entrepreneurial Mindset

EM consists of three key elements: Curiosity, Connections, and Creating Value.
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Understand the broader world. Look toward the future. Explore multiple perspectives.

Today’s solutions are often obsolete tomorrow. Students must be empowered to investigate a rapidly changing world with an insatiable curiosity.


Think outside the box. Place old ideas in new contexts. Gain insights.

Discoveries alone are not enough. Students must habitually pursue knowledge and integrate it with their own discoveries to reveal innovative solutions.
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Creating Value

Seek opportunities. Understand stakeholders. Have a positive impact.

Innovative solutions are most meaningful when they create extraordinary value for others. Students must be champions of value creation.

The Framework


You want to supplement the engineering skills you already teach with outcomes that support the development of EM. The Framework provides a plan that helps you by providing resources and a path to success. 

You'll identify skills that, through repetition, can lead to changes in student mindset.

Download the Framework here, or learn more on the Framework page first.

Get an EM Mentor


Want to bounce ideas about the entrepreneurial mindset off another faculty member? Need help creating or reviewing your first card? 

Or maybe you want a tour of the Engineering Unleashed website and its offerings, from forums to groups to more.

Let us know what you are looking for, and we'll try to match you with a coach who can help!

Learn More in a Faculty Development Workshop

Our faculty development program delivers actionable, adaptable strategies and resources that empower you to create long-lasting value with the entrepreneurial mindset. You’ll receive expert facilitation and guidance in your workshop while collaborating with faculty from across the nation. 

Over the span of a year, you'll then work to bring a project to life on your campus with input and guidance from coaches and fellow participants. Let's get started!

Faculty Development

Associated Resources

Reflective Prompts and Activities to Build Entrepreneurial Mindset

Get activities sourced by faculty to engage students in reflection about varying elements of the entrepreneurial mindset!
Thinking Entrepreneurially About Entrepreneurial Mindset

Thinking Entrepreneurially About Entrepreneurial Mindset

Explore the value propositions and customer segments of the entrepreneurial mindset (EM) that influence effective implementation of your EM initiative.
Building Faculty Buy-In for Entrepreneurial Mindset

Building Faculty Buy-In for Entrepreneurial Mindset

Need help convincing staff of the benefits of building in an entrepreneurial mindset? Julia Williams (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology) shares tactics and activities to move people from resistance to adoption.