7 Entrepreneurial KA-2 Projects
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KA-2 VET: Entrepreneurial Teaching
The aims and objectives of the project:
- To stimulate innovative and entrepreneurial mindsets among young people by teaching methods and tools which develop innovative skills and entrepreneurial competences
- To integrate entrepreneurial teaching in different teaching subjects
- To develop tools that can support teachers in entrepreneurial teaching
- To introduce teachers to use the trans-European didactic entrepreneurial model
- To produce materials and a website to support the trans-European use of the developed model and to secure its sustainability
- To produce knowledge and establish political awareness of the importance of entrepreneurship education
The main actions in the project are:
- Creation of a trans-European conceptual framework which can define
entrepreneurial competences and map conditions which will support selfemployment
and young enterprise and to define desired learning outcomes.
- Development and redesign of tools and methods which are known to increase
innovative competences and an entrepreneurial behavior into a trans-
European didactic entrepreneurial model
- Training teachers to use the model and to test it in practice for possible finetuning
- Evaluation of the model and assessment of the learning outcome
- Production of a teachers’ handbook, a teachers’ website, a 2.0 website for
students including video production to support the trans-European use of the
developed model and to secure its sustainability
- Securing a widespread introduction to the use of the trans-European didactic
entrepreneurial model through national conferences in every partner country
- Formulating and presenting Policy recommendations for educational
strategies to support trans-European entrepreneurship education and to
support European integration and cross-border cooperation
The project’s main objectives are described as follows:
- To identify the needs and barriers faced by young women and women with an ethnic minority or immigrant background who wish to follow the entrepreneurial path, in order to develop the necessary support and intervention measures for supporting entrepreneurship;
- To develop a comprehensive consultancy model for supporting entrepreneurship among the target group and pilot this model in the consortium countries;
- To raise awareness and trigger discussion among decision makers and lobbyists about the need of providing the necessary support mechanisms and opportunities for young women who wish to explore or follow the entrepreneurship path.
Although women have made huge progress in the professional field, there is still an evident need to boost and support this progress, particularly in the field of
entrepreneurship, which has a very broad scope for innovation and alternative approaches.
Women are faced with multiple barriers in terms of professional involvement, mainly due to anachronistic societal perceptions.
Such barriers are often increased when it comes to young women who may often lack the necessary self-confidence and practical experience needed in order to start-up their own business.
In addition, women with an ethnic minority or immigrant background may face further social stigmas and practical barriers in terms of professional development, often due to language obstacles or due to a number of social reasons regarding their status in the new country.
Focusing on these difficulties and the unexploited woman entrepreneurial potential the women@business project aims to foster and support entrepreneurship by developing and piloting an integrated consultancy model geared towards young women and women with an ethnic minority or immigrant background.
KA-2-School: ‘The Entrepreneurial School’
The aim of the ‘The Entrepreneurial School Project’ is to promote projects with a high-added value at the European level in education for entrepreneurship.
The Entrepreneurial School will train teachers in 3 years across participating countries. The consortium will produce a Virtual Guide to Entrepreneurial Learning with 15 entrepreneurial tools and methods organized in 15 teacher-friendly packages for primary and secondary schools.
The intent is to make it easy for teachers to apply entrepreneurial learning in any subject area and for any age group. In addition, schools will have access to a quality framework and assessment tool which helps educators set milestones and assess progress.
Objectives: Considering the call for flexibility and trans-European relevance, existing best practice will be gathered, adapted and new innovations will be put forward. Proposed models will be tested in schools in several countries, adjusted to national school curricula. Teachers will be trained to use it and to continuously improve on quality.
The consortium’s objectives are to:
1. Support teachers with a Virtual Guide For Entrepreneurial Learning (“Virtual Guide”)
2. Assist teachers as they incorporate entrepreneurial learning into existing school curricula including a quality framework
3. Achieve significant scale, impact and reach in 3 years
4. Design the guide so that it will be easily taken up by more and more teachers in the future
Employment opportunities for young people in rural areas are now extremely limited due to the current economic crisis and a traditional dependence on declining sectors such as the agricultural sector in particular in rural areas of Europe.
This trend is a cause for major concern as it will force young people living in these areas to either leave their rural territories and move to larger cities or it will lead to emigration in order to find employment elsewhere.
And for those that do remain in rural areas they will be at risk of long term unemployment and disadvantage. Transition into the labour market for young people is difficult, with youth unemployment more than double the overall rate within Europe. Young people must compete with older more experienced candidates for work and often fall at a disadvantage in this regard.
Entrepreneurship and business creation is a growing alternative for young people. Because entrepreneurship in Europe is not “par for the course” or the norm, young people need to be stimulated to create their own career path and up-skilled at an early age to take up the challenge of starting their own business. Entrepreneurship and small business are a key source of jobs, innovation and have proven to be the main driver of local rural economies. However, for a variety of reasons such as culture, aversion to taking risks and education focus, Europeans have proven rather reluctant to take up opportunities for self-employment and entrepreneurial activities. There is therefore, a continuing need to create a more favourable climate and attitude towards entrepreneurship in the EU.
The key objectives of the READY project are:
1. To promote a positive image of entrepreneurship amongst the target group
2. To demonstrate the potential of entrepreneurship as a viable career choice and/or to study entrepreneurship at third level
3. To develop innovative methods to stimulate youth entrepreneurship including developing links to the business world.
4. To establish a cooperative support structure for Young Entrepreneurs after the conclusion of the READY project.
KA-2 Creating Resource Centre for Entrerpreunership
There exists within the world of academia a large body of educators and researchers who would contend that entrepreneurship is a ‘learning by doing’ subject. Indeed some would suggest that the practical application of learning about entrepreneurs through their experiences is the most significant method of enhancing one’s understanding of the opportunities and challenges involved in establishing one’s own enterprise.
It has additionally been argued that case studies are a very important teaching tool in seeking to offer a detailed insight and understanding of entrepreneurship as they provide a greater emphasis on experiential and action learning.
Over the past decades, the use of case studies has been increasingly recognised internationally as a critically important instrument in entrepreneurship education, as they enable students to identify more comfortably with local role models and with the practical challenges that entrepreneurs might experience, than students might garner through purely theoretical programmes.
This project supported this development by offering workshops across Europe on writing case studies and also by creating a resource centre that would enable educators to access for free a wide range of cases and relevant support materials.
The objectives of this project can be detailed as follows:
- Create a library of 30 European entrepreneurship cases studies to be made freely available in 5 of the main European languages;
- Compile an additional 20 existing cases studies written during previous EU projects (English language only);
- Make 50 entrepreneurship case studies (30 multi-lingual and 20 English) freely available to both students and educators in third level institutions through the use of a dedicated website;
- Raise awareness of case studies as a pedagogical tool for entrepreneurship educators throughout Europe by distributing a free Entrepreneurship Case Study book (2,500 copies);
- Deliver a series of 6 workshops across Europe entitled ‘How to Write Case Studies for Teaching Purposes’ which will help increase local production on a sustainable basis;
- Promote entrepreneurship among third level graduates by instigating a European Student Entrepreneurship Competition.
(By EuroEntreCases project)
The ENTREDU.PORTAL project aims to create a unique, socially-powered, multilingual platform where teachers, pupils, parents will be able to meet, share resources, find good material, and discuss/share on their educational use and usefulness in the entrepreneurship education. This will add to the sustainability of the portal a new dimension that goes beyond existing content-oriented portals for school communities.
The extra value of this platform is that it will provide educational content coming by its users; their groups of interest; their social interactions; their learning networks; their collective intelligence and experience. The portal will act as a laboratory of ideas, a clearinghouse, a standard setter, a capacity builder for the community and a catalyst for international cooperation between the distributed user communities. Under this perspective a two-year project is and will be implemented in schools communities located in participating EU countries.
- Support for teachers: it is essential that teachers be given best practises cross-curricular spectrum resources as well as practical experience through the portal and enable networking between developers of entrepreneurships education. The ENTREDU Portal will also support educators in the development of pedagogies, concepts and curricula for entrepreneurship education.
- Support for schools: Schools (primary and secondary education) should be given practical support and incentives to incorporate entrepreneurship in their curricula, through a range of different instruments that the portal will offer (distribution of teaching materials, funding of pilot projects, dissemination of cross-curricular best practice, promotion of partnerships with businesses, support for dedicated organizations conducting entrepreneurship programmes with schools, etc.).
- A coherent framework: national and regional authorities will have the opportunity through the ENTREDU Portal to establish cooperation between different departments in order to develop a strategy with clear objectives and covering all stages of education.
KA-2-VET - Entrepreunership Cases
Innovative and practice based teaching material for Entrepreunership
Goal 1: Collect very rich and detailed material of 21 real European technology entrepreneurship cases.
Goal 2: Create very well written and designed teaching cases that can be used to teach entrepreneurship in higher education.
Goal 3: Develop additional material and procedures, based on these cases, to guide experiential entrepreneurship learning.
Goal 4: Create institutionalized case writing procedures, skills and writers network.
1. Compose editorial committee
2. Workshop on case study methodology
3. Case selection
4. Data collection
5. Writing draft cases
6. Editing cases
7. Developing teaching material based on cases
8. Publishing teaching material (web‐based )
9. Evaluating case development
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