ICT entrepreneurial ecosystem for engineering education

  1. Andrés Iborra García
  2. Bárbara Álvarez Torres
  3. Pedro Sánchez
  4. Juan Ángel Pastor Franco
  5. Tanya Suárez
The International journal of engineering education

ISSN: 0949-149X

Year of publication: 2016

Volume: 32

Issue: 5

Pages: 2033-2047

Type: Article

More publications in: The International journal of engineering education


JCR (Journal Impact Factor)

  • Year 2016
  • Journal Impact Factor: 0.609
  • Journal Impact Factor without self cites: 0.339
  • Article influence score: 0.074
  • Best Quartile: Q4
  • Area: ENGINEERING, MULTIDISCIPLINARY Quartile: Q4 Rank in area: 66/85 (Ranking edition: SCIE)
  • Area: EDUCATION, SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINES Quartile: Q4 Rank in area: 35/41 (Ranking edition: SCIE)

SCImago Journal Rank

  • Year 2016
  • SJR Journal Impact: 0.404
  • Best Quartile: Q2
  • Area: Engineering (miscellaneous) Quartile: Q2 Rank in area: 117/778
  • Area: Education Quartile: Q2 Rank in area: 452/1388


  • Social Sciences: B

Scopus CiteScore

  • Year 2016
  • CiteScore of the Journal : 1.5
  • Area: Engineering (all) Percentile: 62
  • Area: Education Percentile: 58


Entrepreneurship is a powerful route to integrating skilled people into the working market. However, its teaching isparticularly weak in engineering degree programmes. The objective of this innovative action has been to develop anentrepreneurial ecosystem to improve ICT entrepreneurial skills at engineering universities of countries with weakerentrepreneurial tradition in new technologies. An acceleration programme has been designed for engineering students withthe objective of creating start-ups, going beyond the concept and becoming a start-up in early stage. Innovative methodshave been applied to create and accelerate start-ups within an entrepreneurial ecosystem adapted to the university context.Four years of experience (2012–15) have allowed us to collect indicators and improving the proposed methods to scale upthe model to the wider EU. Two hundred sixty-one students have participated in this experience and fifty-six start-ups havebeen created. Of those, thirty-eight have successfully finalized the programme.