ENTRA /ENtrepreneurship TRAining 2020/

ENTRA /ENtrepreneurship TRAining 2020/

TCA acronym
TCA status
Red - Blocked by one or more MAs at initial stage
Partnering projects
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Bulgaria (BG)
Project budget for transnational cooperation: € 21000.00

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Belgium (BE)
Project budget for transnational cooperation: € 29300.00

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Finland (FI)
Project budget for transnational cooperation: € 41000.00

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Belgium (BE)
Project budget for transnational cooperation: € 24800.00
Total TCA budget for transnational cooperation: € 116100.00
Main contact organisation
Rationale & objectives
In 2013, the European Commission adopted the Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan[1]. According to the Action Plan, the European economy was facing structural challenges to its competitiveness and growth, and to the removal of obstacles to entrepreneurship. These challenges were identified well before the outbreak of the economic and financial crisis in 2008, and many of them still persist today. In order to generate more entrepreneurs for Europe, a co-ordinated action by administrators at European, national and regional levels is required. The Action Plan numerates 3 action pillars, of which this project is situated in the first one: entrepreneurship education and training (EET). Investing in the development of business knowledge and essential skills and attitudes helps entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs to convert ideas into actions, boosts employability and attributes to the reduction of unemployment. Within this pillar action, the member states are invited to “boost entrepreneurial training for young people and adults in education by means of Structural Funds resources in line with national job plan, notably the European Social Fund (ESF) in line with National Job Plans, particularly as a tool for second chance education for those not engaged in education, employment or training.”
Throughout the EU, self-employment rapidly becomes a new norm of employment in many business areas, including ICT, journalism, consulting, creative industries, technical consultations and many others. To some extend this is a result of the outsourcing of a large number of tasks that were previously carried out in-house by companies or public organizations, to freelance contractors. Other decisive factors include regional or national programmes to guide the unemployed and vulnerable groups to entrepreneurship, economic recovery or investments in innovation and growth. However, a significant amount of startups and self-employed persons tend to save money and time on trainings – entrepreneurs do not spend time for improvement of their qualifications, abilities and skills, and thus do not always succeed in the fulfillment of multilevel tasks and complicated projects, resulting in lower results and an inadequate market realization. This creates the necessity of a new trans-European approach for research and the development of tools with the aim of significantly improving the competitive advantages of micro enterprises and SMEs, and supporting entrepreneurs to reach their full potential.
Each national project within this TCA deals with a distinct aspect of entrepreneurship training, yet together the national projects form a transnational collaboration network, in which synergies and opportunities for collaboration are continuously sought and realized. In brief, the national projects are as follows:
  1. Entrepreneurial training in the 21st century – SYNTRA Flanders (BEL) is set up to address a forthcoming deregulation of entrepreneurship training (ET) in Flanders, forcing us to renew our service and to modernize ET. The focus lies in government policy and services; a better reach of the target group and guidance to ET; the implementation of customization and flexibilization of trainings and the use of innovative pedagogic tools; and the implementation of future-oriented entrepreneurial skills like innovation orientation and digital literacy. More information at:
  2. HopOnHopOffOffice – SOS Entrepreneurs Foundation (BUL) will develop innovative services for the implementation of new practices of work in shared spaces and flexible employment. As a part of the project a prototype of a mobile business incubator “on wheels” will be created – HopOnHopOffice, where the services will be represented, in addition to trainings on PMTools and innovative entrepreneurship. More information at:
  3. PMTools – Tampere University of Technology (FIN) will research, develop and disseminate lightweight and free-to-use project management guidelines and tools to support freelancers (including individuals considering to become freelancers) and SMEs. Specifically, the developed tools will increase the competitiveness of the target group by supporting entrepreneurs in their efforts to secure customer projects, execute them efficiently, and manage customer relationships. Training sessions are arranged and publicly available training videos are developed to support the widespread adoption of the project’s results. More information at:
  4. Artlab – Finale-Events (BEL) will set up an online future-focused knowledge platform at the nexus of art, science and technologies. In the age of big data and rising artificial intelligence, digitality is profoundly changing every aspect of our world. With many jobs being automated in foreseeable future, the need to reinvent ourselves is growing. The Artlab seeks new digital ways of teaching and learning and nurtures digital creativity and future-focused entrepreneurial skills. In addition to the online learning platform, activities and tools will be developed specifically to increase the involvement of women in digitalization and digital entrepreneurship. More information at:
The common ground of all projects concerns entrepreneurship training and entrepreneurial skills. Thus, the project aims to foster entrepreneurship by strengthening and promoting entrepreneurship training. Such a broadly defined objective implies an equally broad target group of would-be, starting and established entrepreneurs, through the various projects in this TCA may target more precise or specific target groups, such as freelancers, NEETs, youngsters or creative entrepreneurs. Nevertheless the common objective of all partners, regardless of the exact target group, is related to the enforcement of skills and competencies amongst entrepreneurs. Whether it concerns future-oriented entrepreneurial skills, general entrepreneurial skills or skills from other fields to be implemented in entrepreneurship training, all partners aim for the acquisition or enforcement of skills by entrepreneurs or would-be entrepreneurs.
Work programme and working methodology
Project ENTRA’s main transnational activities are the study and peer learning visits and the transnational steering group meetings, and will be directly related to:
  • Enhancing the capacity of partners and stakeholders to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate good practice and innovative approaches through the organisation of seminars, workshops and trainings to promote the exchange of experiences, knowledge, information, good practices and innovative approaches between partners and other stakeholders;
  • Adapting, testing and validating (social) innovations based on innovative models, practices, services, products and so on from other countries, and/or pilot implementation of developed innovative approaches and models, including:
    • Adapting and validating (social) innovations that may be based on innovative models, practices, services, products from other countries;
    • Creation of (social) innovation (new solution) and its pilot implementation;
  • Activities for the assessment of results, achieved in terms of applicability of its innovative elements;
  • Activities for the dissemination of results (positive and/or negative).
Other transnational activities are to be executed according to every project, and can also be a part of the following activities: analysis, capacity-building, adaptation, testing and implementation, evaluation, and dissemination.
To ensure a maximum impact of the project activities, the partners will organise local and transnational seminars, workshops and training and info sessions targeted at supporting entrepreneurs. These events will also support the participants in developing their professional networks with other entrepreneurs and SMEs. In addition, the workshops and training events organised during the project will support the participants in the development of their business networks that constitute a vital source of competitive advantage. Table 1 in the attached TCA highlights main milestones of project ENTRA.
Organisation & decision-making
During the project, each ENTRA partner will hold primary responsibility for monitoring progress and planning through a rotating presidency, starting with Belgium, Finland and Bulgaria.
In addition, each partner is responsible for planning and implementation of workshops, study visits and follow-ups. For the building of the data/know-how base, each partner contributes with experience and expertise and with the results from the workshops.
An initial planning meeting will be held in the start of the project (late 2018). Subsequently there will be web meetings for cost efficiency, between the events in each MS.
Working language is English.
TCA agreement
Date of signature of TCA
Sunday, 29 April, 2018
Editorial status
In negotiation