Our courses are built on an Entrepreneurial Competency model as described below that can be defined as underlying characteristics such as generic and specific knowledge, motives, traits, self-images, social roles, and skills which result in venture birth, survival, and/or growth.
Tier 1 Workshops
This Entrepreneurship Personal Effectiveness Competency – Tier 1 Workshops bundle is essential for starting a new business. Often referred to as “soft skills,” personal effectiveness competencies are generally learned and reinforced and honed at school and in the workplace.
Tier 2 Workshops
This Entrepreneurship Academic Competency – Tier 2 Workshops bundle is comprised of critical competencies that are primarily learned in a school setting, but we have brought them to online learning. They include cognitive functions and thinking styles.
Tier 3 Workshops
This Entrepreneurship Workplace Competency – Tier 3 Workshops bundle represent motives and traits, as well as interpersonal and self-management styles. They generally are applicable to a large number of occupations and industries.
Tier 4 Workshops
This Entrepreneurship Technical Competency – Tier 4 Workshops bundle represent the knowledge and skills that are common to all entrepreneurial activities. These technical competencies build on, but are more specific than, competencies represented on lower tiers.
About the Model – The Kolena Entrepreneurship Competency Model is depicted in a graphic consisting of nine tiers. The arrangement of the tiers in a pyramidal shape is not meant to be hierarchical, or to imply that competencies at the top are at a higher level of skill. The model’s shape represents the increasing specialization and specificity in the application of skills as you move up the tiers. Tiers 1-4 have been developed and are divided into blocks. The blocks represent competency areas, that is, the applied skills, knowledge, abilities essential to successful entrepreneurial performance. A table of the competency definitions and associated key behaviors accompanies the graphic.
Tiers 1 through 3 contain Foundation Competencies, which form the foundation needed to be ready to enter the workplace.
Tier 1 – Personal Effectiveness Competencies are shown as hovering below the pyramid because these competencies are essential for all life roles. Often referred to as “soft skills,” personal effectiveness competencies are generally learned in the home or community and reinforced and honed at school and in the workplace. They represent personal attributes that may present some challenges to teach or assess.
Tier 2 – Academic Competencies are critical competencies primarily learned in a school setting. They include cognitive functions and thinking styles. Academic competencies are likely to apply to all industries and occupations.
Tier 3 – Workplace Competencies represent motives and traits, as well as interpersonal and self-management styles. They generally are applicable to a large number of occupations and industries.
Tiers 4 and 5 contain Industry Competencies, which are specific to an industry or industry sector. Since entrepreneurship is not an industry, tiers 4 and 5 have been broken out as follows:
Tier 4 – Entrepreneurship Technical Competencies represent the knowledge and skills that are common to all entrepreneurial activities. These technical competencies build on, but are more specific than, competencies represented on lower tiers.
Tier 5 – Entrepreneurial Focus Areas represent types of enterprise. Related competencies may be developed by interest groups or communities of practice.
Tiers 6 through 9 represent the specialization that occurs within specific occupations within an industry. Information on occupational competencies is available through O*NET OnLine (http://online.onetcenter.org/).