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A guide for fostering entrepreneurship education. Five key actions towards a digital, green and resilient Europe

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European Commission, Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Lilischkis, S., Tømmerbakke, J., Melleri, M., et al., A guide for fostering entrepreneurship education : five key actions towards a digital, green and resilient Europe, 2021,


Key actions to foster entrepreneurship education in Europe

Europe needs more people who tackle pressing societal challenges: above all the twin transition to a digital and green society as well as pandemic recovery. Entrepreneurship education (EE) can unleash the potential of Europeans to master climate change and digitisation and to build a more resilient society. In order to enhance European cooperation and strategy building in EE, the European Commission implemented the project “Peer-Learning Activities in Entrepreneurship Education and in Women’s Entrepreneurship” (2018–2021). This Guide is a final output of the project. The target group is decision makers in governments, schools and higher education, civil society, and business – on local, regional, national, and European level.

The project identified five main areas where decision makers could become active: training educators, ensuring stakeholders’ cooperation, sharing knowledge, raising awareness of EE benefits as well as conducting research and analysis about EE. These areas are interlinked and mutually reinforce each other:

  1. Develop EE competence of leaders and teachers in education institutions: Increased uptake of EE depends on the degree to which entrepreneurship competences of teaching staff and leaders at schools and in higher education are developed through both initial and continuous teacher training. In addition, a pan-European peer-to-peer network of EE teachers could reinforce training. 
  2. Encourage cooperation of EE stakeholders about policies and curricula: Scaling up EE requires collaboration between multiple stakeholders at local, national and European level. Governmental bodies, education institutions, businesses, and civil society actors could link up to develop strategies, policy agendas, and EE curricula. A strong European platform for EE would be helpful.
  3. Communicate what EE is and what benefits it brings: Show how EE builds the necessary competences for the future success of students at all ages.Education institutions, parents, government officials and the wider community need to better understand what EE is and what its benefits are: EE is about learning how to turn ideas into reality for the benefit of society.
  4. Measure and compare EE practice and impact in pan-European research: Collecting and analysing data about EE shall support evidence-based policy-making. It will allow EE to contribute to key policy agendas: the Green Deal, a digital Europe, the European Skills Agenda, and the social economy.
  5. Share EE knowledge and experience to enhance teaching and learning: EE stakeholders could increase their efforts to share insights on how to improve EE teaching and learning. They could build local communities of practice as well as national and international networks. They can draw from each other’s knowledge, methods and content, including innovative digital approaches such as artificial intelligence.


Table of contents

  • Key actions to foster entrepreneurship education in Europe.
  • Using entrepreneurship education to build a green, digital and resilient Europe
  • Develop EE competences of teachers and leaders of education institutions
  • Encourage cooperation of EE stakeholders about strategies, policies, and curricula 
  • Communicate what EE is and what benefits it brings
  • Measure and compare EE methods, policies and impact in pan-European research
  • Share EE knowledge and experience to enhance teaching and learning 
  • Recommendations about European mechanisms 
  • Background of this Guide and targeted readers 
  • References 
  • Endnotes

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