Developing inclusive and innovative entrepreneurship education in Europe

EU-Programme: Erasmus+, KA2, Strategic Partnerships for School Education
Coordination: Manisa Provincial Directorate of National Education (Turkey)
Duration: September 2017 – August 2020


The EC understands entrepreneurship as a key competence with a dual focus. Firstly, the development of entrepreneurial attitudes, skills and knowledge should enable the individual to turn ideas into action. Secondly, entrepreneurship is not only related to economic activities and business creation, but more widely to all areas of life and society. Social entrepreneurs are agents of change, as individuals and groups who are passionate about improving the lives of people and communities. There is no part of Europe that cannot benefit from social entrepreneurship. At this time of economic crisis and with the challenges of an ageing population, youth unemployment, climate change and increasing inequalities, Europe needs more social entrepreneurs.

Social innovation is part of this entrepreneurial wave, providing new solutions that simultaneously meet a social need and lead to new or improved capabilities and relationships and better use of assets and resources. In other words, social innovations are both good for society and enhance society’s capacity to act.

The Strasbourg Declaration elaborated some recommendations for action, including:
– Launch capacity building programmes to support and facilitate social innovation
– Promote social entrepreneurship in education at all levels by integrating it more effectively in education policy (formal, informal, non-formal).

The aim of START IN project is to design and develop a new model of entrepreneurship education boosting social innovation and social entrepreneurial skills in young people within the School education system in Europe. To do so, an alliance of eight local and regional school authorities, Universities and learning provider organizations in the field of social entrepreneurship from 7 countries (Finland, Greece, Ireland, Spain, Poland, Turkey and United Kingdom) will work together to lead the project and co-create and test innovative methods and freely accessible OER.

Project Nº 2017-1-TR01-KA201-046635

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.