Examining the Landscape of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at a University: Evidence from an Experiential Perspective


  • Jonathan C. Abbotoy Elliott Davis
  • Ann Boyd Davis Tennessee Tech University


Given that jobs will change and that careers will develop and transform, students must not only understand the topic-based hard skills in a particular college or major but also the innovative and entrepreneurial skills that strengthen and support those topic-based skills. Traditionally, these innovation and entrepreneurship skills are taught in a classroom setting that students tend to find boring or routine. Some universities are introducing these skills using games or intense summer programs. Our study examines students’ perspectives of the introduction of innovation and entrepreneurship when little to no barriers are introduced. In our study, the University introduced and encouraged various innovative and entrepreneurship activities throughout campus with experiential learning activities outside the classroom. Student performance and involvement in innovation and entrepreneurship outside of the classroom setting allows for involvement and awareness. The entrepreneurship initiatives on campus have improved student awareness of resources and shown these resources to be beneficial to the student body. The student body also tends to be innovative and desire to tinker with the development of new ideas, solidifying the importance of campus activities.

Author Biographies

Jonathan C. Abbotoy, Elliott Davis

Graduated Tennessee Tech University in May 2017 with a BSBA in Accounting and Finance.

Ann Boyd Davis, Tennessee Tech University

Assistant Professor, Department of Accounting