Programmes to support educators and facilitators in providing quality entrepreneurial education programmes

Critical success factors in running an offline entrepreneurial event

Critical success factors in running an offline entrepreneurial event

In the Summer of 2019, Mashauri (working with a number of other partners - see below) designed and facilitated a Summer School for 40 food PhD students from 22 different universities across Europe. The 10 day event met with great success on practically every dimension that was possible. After the event, we reviewed what happened and (together with our other experiences in blended and offline events) drew some conclusions on why it was successful as well as some lessons learned too.

We have decided to take that learning and develop it into a short course to offer valuable input to others who are about to design and manage such an event. Specifically, this will be interesting to those:

  • Who wish to design and develop their own event
  • Who wish to contract with an outside party to conduct the event for them
  • Who wish to brief someone inside the institution to implement such an event.

Benefits of taking this mini-course

The learnings are useful for many different types of entrepreneurial event including a hackathon, a boot camp, a competition, a workshop or a pitching event. 

Specifically, you will obtain the following:

  • View each of the 10 critical success factors with an explanation of what they are, why they are important and how they were used inside the Summer School
  • Get an insight into the Summer School, the agenda, how we measured the results - and the results of those measurements (particularly useful if you are thinking about how to measure your events)
  • Be able to download two checklists (or "cheat sheets" as our American friends call them): the CSF checklist and a checklist to help you market your event
  • A final quiz to check your understanding (voluntary)
  • A really cool video of the last day of the event (the pitching day)

We are also hoping that it gives you a small insight into the nature of our programmes and will encourage you to look around the site at a few of the others on offer too.


We did say "mini course"; so you should probably be able to get through it in 15 to 30 minutes.

EIT Food partners

At present this course is open to guest users.

Simply type "Password" into the password section to access the course.

Benefits and challenges of online education and training

Benefits and challenges of online education and training

A short but useful look at some of the benefits and challenges of teaching online. 

It contains presentations and videos from instructors who have faced the challenges - and reaped the benefits.

The course is free but you must be registered at Mashauri to access it (Mashauri registration is also free - click on the Sign Up/ Login menu item to do so).