We have a variety of information and experiences to share with you. First of all we cover ‘What is E-Scan?’
We expand upon the science and research that made it happen and cover one of the case studies with some of the feedback from the people and organisations that have used E-Scan.
E-Scan is an online profiling tool that uses psychometric testing processes to uncover the entrepreneurial characteristics, traits and capabilities that people possess.
It takes around 15-20 minutes to complete and at the end you get your E-Scan report which has comprehensive information about you and how you compare to the characteristics that are most common in successful entrepreneurs.
E-Scan is not about pass or fail!
It is a series of charts, scores, detailed information and moderate guidance to assist the journey of self development into becoming a better entrepreneur, business owner or manager, self employed person, or more employable person in their career.
We do recommend that E-Scan should be used in conjunction with support, or feedback. This could take place as a ‘entrepreneurial review’ with an accredited mentor, or be the starting point within an entrepreneurship or enterprise development programme. It can also be used as the before / after measure to demonstrate changes in awareness and confidence that have changed due to the impact of a programme.
For those enlightened business people with coaches or consultants, E-Scan will certainly increase the intensity and impact of the process, by bonding the client and the adviser closely and quickly so any focus on activity is based upon the client’s self awareness rather than a prescriptive approach.
If you are a coach, mentor, or other adviser talk to us about becoming accredited to use E-Scan within your business.
Entrepreneur Scan (E-Scan) and the technology that drives it was designed and built by CEO and Founder of Entrepreneur Consultancy B.V. Dr. Martijn Driessen.
The E-Scan tool was developed on the back of scientific research carried by Dr. Driessen during his PhD on how the role of the entrepreneur impacts upon the success of the businesses they initiate, develop and grow.
Research was carried out into the characteristics and competencies of successful entrepreneurs by recognised experts, coaches and consultants. This led to the development of a model which separates the knowledge that is acquired, the motivation to become an entrepreneur, the characteristics that are observed and inherent in successful entrepreneurs and the capabilities that are needed to be honed to remain successful.
This model is called the Entrepreneur Competence Model, shown below, detailing the 4 elements of Knowledge, Motivation, Characteristics and Capability which added together become the model that supports the development and growth of people to gain entrepreneurial competence, through learning, experience and knowledge.
Contact us to receive more guidance on how the Entrepreneur Competence Model could be used for you in your business or as a business tool towards your customers
All of the following articles and papers document some of the journey that E-Scan has taken, from the original PhD thesis to how entrepreneurial characteristics play a major role in business success.
They include how E-Scan has been used as a measuring tool to help with succession planning, young enterprise programmes and how to assist disabled people become self employed.
This is only a reflection of what is behind E-Scan…..for more information relevant to your situation please Contact us.
A summary of the PhD thesis of Martijn Driessen, which led to the creation of the Entrepreneur Competency Model and ultimately Entrepreneur Scan. content goes here.
This paper is about Entrepreneur Scan. The paper, co-authored by E-Scan creator Martijn Driessen, describes the tool and discusses the results of E-Scan for more than 21,000 start up entrepreneurs and 60 potential successors who were anticipating taking over an existing business.
This paper discusses the role of an entrepreneur within a small business and the role of Entrepreneur Scan. It looks into the E-Scan theory and the theory in practice, showing the impact of the entrepreneur on the success of the business.
This paper is about young enterprise and how it worked in the Netherlands. It analyses the impact of a leading entrepreneurship education program on college students’ entrepreneurship skills and motivation.
This study tests factors which could account for successful SME ownership transfers and analyses 130 entrepreneurs involved in the process.
Research carried out by an enterprise agency in the East Midlands (UK) into potential psychometric tests that could assist disabled adults into self employment led to the selection of E-Scan as the most appropriate.
We have a number of situations where E-Scan is being used as part of integrated services to develop aspiring and existing entrepreneurs, including where mentoring, coaching and intensive training is occurring. (There are more details, videos and feedback comments in the BackgroundCase-studies pages)
How E-Scan supported new entrepreneurs
A recent pilot programme in March 2010 for SPEED WM (Student Placements for Entrepreneurs in Education – West Midlands) at the University of Wolverhampton used Entrepreneur Scan (E-Scan), with excellent results.
E-Scan enabled the programme manager Sarah Taylor and the mentors to leverage the entrepreneurial profile of each student, helping them to adapt and accelerate the successful delivery of the SPEED WM programme. The benefits of using E-Scan in this pilot programme were enlightening:
- 97% said E-Scan had enabled them to learn more about their strengths and weaknesses
- 95% said E-Scan had helped them understand more about what it took to be a successful entrepreneur
- 85% said E-Scan had made them more determined to be a successful entrepreneur
Click here for E-Scan and SPEED WM pilot programme full report
Direct feedback from the people who matter, entrepreneurs and programme manager:
Lisa Abrams – “Due to my prior scepticism I was surprised by the accuracy and intelligence of the E-scan. It reinforced my confidence and self belief”
Hannah Williams – “It has inspired me to go further with my business idea and put more effort into some areas like market research and risk taking which came out as my weaker areas.”
David Baines – “I didn’t think I would get anything out of this, but I have to admit I was wrong. I would highly recommend that prospective entrepreneurs also take the scan. It will reveal your strengths and weaknesses and help you concentrate on your own targets”
Sarah Taylor, SPEED WM programme manager, said about using E-Scan with the SPEED WM programme – “It helped me to understand more about how entrepreneurs think, what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and how the programme can be adapted to take this into consideration”.
How this has helped us:
Following the success of the pilot, we have been working with University of Wolverhampton, Birmingham City University and University of Worcester, in using E-Scan and reviews to develop the emerging talent of entrepreneurs from these Universities.
We are proud to be part of the Creative Challenge 2011 with University for the Creative Arts, London, who will be using E-Scan going forward and we are also in discussions with another 15 Universities for roll-out of including E-Scan during 2011 and beyond.
If you would like to see how this could be used in your programmes please Contact us