STUDENT ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN ITALY 

 

“ When I was in college, guys usually pretend they were in a band… Now they pretend they are in a start-up”  - Anonymous - 

Entrepreneurship is becoming an increasingly attractive employment option, not only among highly skilled and experienced individuals, but also among young people, like university graduates.

This is evidenced first by the growing number of students who are looking at entrepreneurship as a realistic carrier option, with numerous examples of students who created their venture during university studies or soon after graduation and the rising demand for entrepreneurship educational programs and entrepreneurship support structures at universities across the globe

This study provides the first in-depth analysis of student entrepreneurship in a country. We focus on the population of students graduated from 64 Italian universities in 2014. 

We characterize their entrepreneurial activities, competencies, and perceived obstacles, thereby providing some robust evidence on the phenomenon, which could be useful for implementing effective actions to support entrepreneurship among university students.