Opportunity Recognition and Entrepreneurship Education

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Type and Duration

PhD-Thesis, September 2009 until September 2012 (finished)


Van Riemsdijk Chair in Entrepreneurship

Main Research

Growth and Complexity

Field of Research

Entrepreneurial Learning, Teamlearning


It is crucial for entrepreneurs to identify and evaluate marketable business opportunities. The identification and exploration of opportunities leads to the discovery of new businesses. Hence, opportunity recognition is, and has always been considered, a focal point in the field of entrepreneurship. However, in entrepreneurship education research, little attention has been devoted to understanding the connection between entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial opportunity recognition.

To strengthen the comprehension of how to opportunity recognition abilities are affected by effective entrepreneurship education activities is therefore the objective of this research.


Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Education, Opportunity Identification


  • Brülhart, A. (2010). Opportunity Recognition. ZfKE Zeitschrift für KMU und Entrepreneurship, 58(3), 259-265. (VHB_3: C)

  • Brühlhart, A. (2013). Opportunity Recognition und Entrepreneurship Education – Eine empirische Untersuchung an Studierenden eines Entrepreneurship-Masterprogrammes. Lohmar: Josef Eul Verlag.