Industrial Design as a Tool for Enhancing Entrepreneurship

  • Cristina Martin-DoñateEmail author
  • Fermin Lucena-Muñoz
  • Lina Garcia-Cabrera
  • Elisabeth Estevez
  • Jorge Manuel Mercado-Colmenero
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering book series (LNME)


The entrepreneurial spirit is currently considered as the engine of a more dynamic industrial society. Creativity, as well as the capacity to take new initiatives, are fundamental values for students, with these capacities being increasingly in demand by companies. However, despite the importance of developing these skills, subjects in the technical field do not include activities that contextualize theoretical knowledge in the entrepreneurship field. This paper presents the results of a set of activities related to the development of entrepreneurial capacity in students of mechanical engineering by means of new activities related to the business field in the development of new mechanical designs. The designs developed have been planned as technical solutions to problems of some industrial companies. The design results have been presented in the form of prototypes. In a parallel manner, the students have complemented the product development project with a product business model. The results obtained show an increase in the capacity of transferring industrial knowledge from the classrooms to the industrial environment as well as a growth in motivation on the part of the students who have carried out the innovative activities related to entrepreneurship in design.


Mechanical design Entrepreneurship CAD Product development 



This research work was supported by the University of Jaen as part of the Plan de Apoyo a la Transferencia del Conocimiento, el Emprendimiento y la Empleabilidad (2018-2019) through the project “Aplicación del diseño industrial como herramienta de emprendimiento y autoempleo”. The authors would like to thank the reviewers for their comments, which greatly improved the exposition.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Engineering Graphics, Design and ProjectsUniversity of JaenJaenSpain
  2. 2.Department of Management, Marketing and SociologyUniversity of JaenJaenSpain
  3. 3.Department of Computer SciencesUniversity of JaenJaenSpain
  4. 4.Department of Electronics and Automatic EngineeringUniversity of JaenJaenSpain

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