Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

The European Entrepreneurship Competence Framework (EntreComp)

What is EntreComp?

We live in a rapidly changing society where it is essential that everyone has the capacity to act upon opportunities and ideas, to work with others, to manage dynamic careers and shape the future for the common good. 

To achieve these goals we need people, teams and organisations with an entrepreneurial mindset, in every aspect of life. 

The European Commission has developed EntreComp: the European Entrepreneurship Competence Framework as a reference framework to explain what is meant by an entrepreneurial mindset.

EntreComp offers a comprehensive description of the knowledge, skills and attitudes that people need to be entrepreneurial and create financial, cultural or social value for others.

EntreComp is a common reference framework that identifies 15 competences in three key areas that describe what it means to be entrepreneurial.

Using EntreComp

EntreComp is a free, flexible reference framework that can be adapted to support the development and understanding of entrepreneurial competence in any setting.

EntreComp has the potential to be used in a variety of ways including:

  • supporting policy and practice to develop entrepreneurial skills
  • assessing entrepreneurial skills
  • supporting training of educators, trainers and teachers to deliver entrepreneurial skills
  • to design programmes and learning opportunities
  • to recognise and certify skills

EntreComp can be used across sectors and be a key support for collaboration and development work by educators, trainers, employers, professional bodies and policy-makers.

Get involved!

Find out how others across Europe have used EntreComp to support the development and understanding of entrepreneurial skills, with the 'EntreComp into action' user guide. The guide contains over 70 examples to inspire, enable and equip you to use EntreComp to meet your needs.

View the EntreComp factsheet and the EntreComp brochure.

For further information, publications, research, and support material visit the Joint Research Centre (JRC).

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