Georgian National University SEU

Georgian National University SEU offers a wide range of programs that promote entrepreneurship and guide students through the startup ecosystem.

The Tech and Entrepreneurship Lab is completely focused on the development of the startups and promotes STEAM and techpreneurship.

The Lab itself offers several programs that catalyze idea formation, development of the tangible product and commercialization. Moreover, the Lab offers its beneficiaries hatchery programs as well as pre-acceleration ones.

Furthermore, the Lab helps the startupers to raise the funds and apply for the pre- seed investment. Also, the Lab promotes the development of entrepreneurial skills and the strengthening of strategic relationships between the academic community and business.

Moreover, within its social responsibility Georgian National University SEU pays particular attention to meet the needs of the vulnerable groups while offering/delivering Lab services.

To modernize the entrepreneurship programs new B.A & M.A programs have been developed.

The innovation about the program design is that a Learning Organization which includes policy makers, top management, academic staff, students, and businessmen has been created. A learning organization concentrates on developing a shared vision between all its members – in our case, this is the pursuit of excellence. It encourages the sharing of mental models whilst developing the individual skills of the members. It also actively promotes team learning. A repository of knowledge will be created where existing knowledge is stored for access by all staff. New knowledge and practices will also be sought out and incorporated into this repository. Thus, the SEU MBA will have its own knowledge management system where all knowledge and innovation are transferred into the program structure. If team members change or leave, the knowledge remains, and the MBA culture pervades. In this way, the program keeps its identity and can “grow”. In this sense, it can be called organic. It is the fact that the SEU MBA has been designed as such a learning organization that gives the SEU MBA its distinctive, unique identity.

A unique elective course of Innovations and New Product Development is offered in coordination with Tech and Entrepreneurial Lab, where students are given an opportunity to not only learn about the process of innovation, but also practically go through all the steps of product development, where they have a prototype and a ready pitch for the investors. The assessments of different components of the course are done additionally by practitioners involved in the course.

Program also offers elective courses as a set of workshop courses coordinated by Tech and Entrepreneurial Lab through mentors and industry practitioners aimed at developing specific practical skills of the choice. The academic quality and teaching methodology are provided by the program itself and Tech and Entrepreneurial Lab coordinates the involvement of practitioners in the skills development during the course. The assessments of different components of the course are done additionally by practitioners involved in the course.

Considering that the method of active learning is not widespread in Georgia, the program offers learning support mechanisms in the form of personal time with the lecturer, providing learning communities, offering collaborative study opportunities and taking advantage of the classroom diversity, as well as the partnership abroad.

The ability and opportunity to reflect on individual activities, the course and the program is an essential part of the MBA experience. Evaluation consists of three stages: problem identification, problem context and reflection of the solution provided. Every task is designed so that students can dig beneath the surface and identify the real problem using systems thinking and decision-making methods. At stage two, every task allows the students to put a problem into the correct context and choose an appropriate solution process. The most important stage of every activity is the third stage when the students analyze what has been done and what has been learnt which could include the mistakes made in the process. Here students use self-reflection to evaluate themselves and their individual contribution to the problem solution. In this way, every activity is a learning opportunity.

 Contacts:

Teona Bebia, Head of the Tech and Entrepreneurship Lab,  t.bebia@seu.edu.ge

Prof. Teona Maisuradze, Vice-dean of Faculty of Business and Technologies, t.maisuradze2@seu.edu.ge

Website: www.seu.edu.ge