What is it about?
Entrepreneurship in Education is about inspiring entrepreneurial potential. People need the mind-set, skills and knowledge to generate creative ideas, and the entrepreneurial initiative to turn those ideas into action.
Why is it needed?
Entrepreneurship in education is about developing a key competence, supporting economic and social well-being. In particular, these are the skills that employers say increases employability.
What has been done so far?
At European level there are a range of activities that individuals, educators, education institutions and policy makers can tap into.
Here are some short videos to showcase the main policy thinking at EU level and recent actions taken by DG EAC:
No matter what your ambitions, we have a programme for you. You might be interested in our youth project funding where you can put together projects to build your own entrepreneurial skills. You might be interested in exchanging experiences and ideas with other budding entrepreneurs through the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme.
You could also ask your school, college, university or youth organisation to apply for funding to design entrepreneurial education projects. Be it an event or campaign, a social or community idea, or a business idea for personal profit… it's all still being entrepreneurial!
Educators and Education Institutions
Entrepreneurship education is about enabling young people to develop the skills they need for life and work. These crucial skills are teachable and must be integrated into educational subjects at all levels. This is a priority throughout Erasmus+, both for people who study or train abroad or in strategic partnerships projects.
There are guides at EU level that can support you to embed this in your teaching and learning, or tools to guide how to develop this across the wider education institution, such as HEInnovate for higher education.
As a partner, you hold the key to ensuring that education and training is relevant to the real world. You can help develop young people who have the skills needed to make the most of their lives and secure their own economic success. How can you get involved? The ways are wide and varied, from supporting curriculum design, acting as role models in the classroom, developing practical entrepreneurial experiences to mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs. You can also apply or get involved in Erasmus+ projects.
This policy agenda supports the European drive for growth and jobs, increasing levels of active citizenship, employability, social enterprise and new business creation. This was outlined in the Rethinking Education communication and the Entrepreneurship2020 Action Plan.
To support you in developing the quality and effectiveness of this work in your country, there is a range of reports and guides to provide insight and practical examples. A recent Expert Group report(1.5 Mb)
has outlined priorities for data and indicators for this policy.
There is also the opportunity to get involved in European dialogue to enable peer learning and support excellence in measuring the impact of this work.
At European level, this policy level is addressed by the Directorate General for Education and Culture working in close cooperation with the Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry.