TEN Education Company (part of the TechnoSpark Group of Companies) has developed an online technology for entrepreneurship competence diagnostics. From May to July, the online qualifiers for the entrepreneur internship at TechnoSpark will be available for students from Tomsk, Kemerovo, Nalchik, Rostov, Yekaterinburg and Nizhny Novgorod.
The online module developed by TEN education is designed to replace such offline diagnostic forms as business games or interview during the pandemic. In the interactive personal account, the participant finds some training materials on technological entrepreneurship, a graphic novel and a test; an analytic robot analyzes the digital footprint left by the participant and provides feedback.
Just like in the offline format, the key tool of the online selection of future startup builders is a game.
“Game training technology is the only way of fast and cheap transmission of entrepreneurship expertise. The game format makes it possible to diagnose one’s competences and teach the basic concepts in one day, to standardize the process with the unified game scenario and to test a big number of participants at the same time: unlike the offline game available to 200 people as maximum, in the online format, the number of participants is practically unlimited. All these contribute to the record-breaking low cost per one person assessment.”
TEN Education CEO Anna Yelashkina
The Tales from the Startup online game is designed as a business-building graphic novel with alternative storylines: this is up to the reader to decide where the story goes. By May 2020, the beta version of the novel had been supplemented with ten script options; the number of storylines will exponentially grow, as they are based on real cases of the TechnoSpark entrepreneurs and their partners.
TEN Education screenshot
“Making decisions about the actions of their characters, the players show the way they would have behaved. Although it does not always match the real life, it is enough to collect some important information about the players and their behavior in real critical situations,” says Anna Yelashkina. “Unlike strategic sessions, seminars, or interviews, the game is not as much focused on testing the communication and reasoning skills as on the ability to take economic actions. Such a test may be carried out either in the real economy, which is long and expensive, or in a modeled economic role-play situation.”
TEN Education is planning to keep the Build a Company. Sell the Company game as an advanced student training tool. “Running offline events in the post-pandemic period will be too expensive, so we need to maximize the quality of the qualified audience; it concerns both the selection and training of the participants,” believes Anna Yelashkina.
The #startupdiplom is a TechnoSpark’s entrepreneur internship program of bringing qualified senior undergraduate students to Troitsk for an internship at the startups of the TechnoSpark Group of Companies as their executive officials, the venture builders. By the end of the program, the students will be able not only to write their qualification papers but also to demonstrate the achievements they have done during the 9 months of internship with the actual startup materials.
The #startupdiplom entrepreneur internship 2020-21 qualifiers will be available for students of Tomsk State University, Tomsk Polytechnic University, Ural Federal University, Kabardino-Balkarian State University, Don State Technical University, and Kuzbass State Agrarian Academy. Several more universities are preparing to join during the summer.
TEN Education is the TechnoSpark’s School of Technology Entrepreneurship, developer and operator of the Build a Company. Sell the Company entrepreneurship competence diagnostic simulator, operator of the #startupdiplom entrepreneur internship, and Business Debut future startup leader qualification and recruiting program.
Source: Media Office of TechnoSpark