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Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network. Ken Bloemer, Ph.D. Director Innovation Center University of Dayton. Mr. & Mrs. Robert Kern.

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kern entrepreneurship education network

Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network

Ken Bloemer, Ph.D.

Director Innovation Center

University of Dayton

mr mrs robert kern
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Kern

In 1959, Robert and Patricia Kern founded a new business in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Despite many setbacks, this business eventually grew to become Generac Power Systems, one of the world's largest independent manufacturers of complete engine-driven generator systems.

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Kern Family Foundation
  • K-12 Education Reform
  • STEM Education
  • Engineering Education
  • Pastoral Ministries Education
  • American History, Economics and Religion
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Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN)
  • Changing Engineering Education in the U.S.
    • to keep America in its technical leadership position in the world
    • to correct our balance of trade by exporting more value-added product than we import
    • to teach the practice of commercialization to engineers
    • to develop benefit-providing products for the world
  • More about shaping “intrapreneurs” than “entrepreneurs”
  • 20 universities collaboratingin the Network
keen outcomes students should be able to
Effectively collaborate in a team setting

Apply critical & creative thinking to ambiguous problems

Construct & effectively communicate a customer-appropriate value proposition

Persist through failure to do what is needed to succeed

Effectively manage projects and apply the commercialization process

Demonstrate voluntary social responsibility

Relate personal liberties and free enterprise to entrepreneurship

KEEN Outcomes – Students should be able to:
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Helping Hands Dense Network (HHDN)

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University of Dayton

Baylor University

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HHDNCollaboration Thrusts
  • Intercollegiate Student Projects
    • Collaborate on industry sponsored projects to provide real life product development experiences for students
  • Intrapreneurship End-to-End Education
    • Develop a well-defined intrapreneurship minor/sub-curriculum that leverages the best from each of the HHDN universities
  • Individual university thrusts
on a personal note
On a Personal Note …
  • Studies show that individual creativity declines from kindergarten forward
    • 98% of kindergarteners are at genius level for “lateral thinking” (creativity)
    • 28% of 8-10 year olds are at the genius level
    • Average level declines from there
  • Teaching to the test, overly structured learning, television, videogames, sedentary activities …
  • Reversing this should be top priority!

Source: Sir Ken Robinson