Entrepreneurship Education

COPIE Policy Forum 2012 (Berlin) - full conference report available for download

Hosted and organised by the German Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the COPIE Policy Forum on ‘Entrepreneurship for All: Promoting inclusive growth in Europe through the European Structural F

EU Commission publishes 'Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan'

In January 2013, the European Commission has published the 'Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan' as part of its Europe2020 strategy. According to the Commission, the Action plan

COPIE Toolkit for Inclusive Entrepreneurship - full document available online

The COPIE network has now finalised one of its key products, the COPIE Toolkit for Inclusive Entrepreneurship.

COPIE publishes Action Plan to promote inclusive entrepreneurship in the next round of the European Structural Funds

As a result of COPIE's work over the past three years, the members of the COPIE network have published a COPIE Action Plan for Inclusive Entrepreneurship that is addressed to polic

New report on 'Teacher Education for Entrepreneurship: Towards a Development Agenda'

Initiated by the European Commission, the European Training Foundation and the international research and consultancy agency ECORYS recently published a new report on 'Teacher Education for Entrepreneurship: Towards a Development Agenda'. The report provides a summary and evaluation of a pilot action on training teachers for entrepreneurship education funded by the EU Commission, DG Enterprise and DG Education and Culture.

ETF and ECORYS publish new report: 'Teacher Education for Entrepreneurship: Towards a Development Agenda'

Initiated by the European Commission, the European Training Foundation and the international research and consultancy agency ECORYS recently published a new report on 'Teacher Education for Entrepreneurship: Towards a Development Agenda'. The report provides a summary and evaluation of a pilot action on training teachers for entrepreneurship education funded by the EU Commission, DG Enterprise and DG Education and Culture.

‘Finland study visit’ Final report

Entrepreneurship education subgroup, Langreo. June 2011
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Enterprise Education Unconference

LAB Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial Gijón - 12th ,13th May 2010.
Download Final report (pdf, English, 170 KB).

COPIE II Baseline Study on Enterprise Education

Valnalon, September 2009.
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Finland study visit (31 May- 01 June, 2011)

Finland shows a sustained and committed support by the government and a good understanding of the need to engage a broad number of stakeholders in the development of a sound enterprise education policy.

Several enterprise education projects in all these areas are actually in operation with ESF funding. Current ESF Operational Programme allocates some €1.8 million for entrepreneurship education-related projects.

Making entrepreneurship a sustainable option for ex-young offenders, May 2011

The Fresh Start project is a 24 month initiative co-funded by the European Commission, under the Directorate-General for Education and Culture.

The project aims to develop a specialized train-the-trainer course in order to provide European VET trainers with new skills that enable them to pass their training on developing young offenders’ entrepreneurial skills.

High Level Symposium on “Entrepreneurship Education: Teacher Education as critical success factor” (7-8 April 2011)

 The High Level Symposium on 'Entrepreneurship Education: Teacher Education as critical success factor'  took place in Budapest on 7th and 8th April. The event gathered 80 experts from all over Europe and debates focused around 5 main challenges:

  • How to help primary and  secondary teachers to become agents of change through initial teacher training

  • Encouraging and enabling in-service teachers to engage in entrepreneurship education through Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Entrepreneurship education in Germany, February 2011

Initiativkreis „Unternehmergeist in die Schulen“

(Committee of initiatives “Promoting entrepreneurial skills in schools”)

The committee has been initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in 2007. At the moment it is formed by 11 initiatives who for years are actively engaged in this field. They meet for two working sessions in a year, present their activities at the “didacta” (The German fair on education and lifelong learning), organise information events and seminars.

ESF and entrepreneurship education in Finland, February 2011

 The Finnish National Board of  Education (FNBE)  is the funding authority for the “Driving Change through Entrepreneurship Education and Competence” development programme.  Finland is going at great lengths to strengthen the role of entrepreneurship education and to improve the competence of teaching staff in order to provide young people the skills and attitudes for coping with change and perceiving entrepreneurship as an attractive career option.

Creative learning and innovative teaching, February 2011

Recently published report by Joint Research Centre. The report focuses on areas where improvement is needed to enable more creative learning and innovative teaching: curricula, pedagogies and assesment, teacher training, ICT and digital media and educational culture and leadership. Most of the ideas contained in it do overlap to a great extent with the enterprise education agenda. A call for the need of more creative, innovative and enterprising learning ecosystems.

Networks / Organizations

COPIE Toolkit

Many people across Europe are falling through a gap between entrepreneurship and employment policies. On the one hand, many of those responsible for economic and business development feel that entrepreneurship is primarily the reserve of the more educated and technologically advanced members of society. On the other hand, those concerned with social inclusion and employment policy often feel that the way to combat exclusion is through employment.