Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

The European Entrepreneurship Competence Framework (EntreComp)

The Commission, together with the Joint Research Centre (JRC), has developed the European Entrepreneurship Competence Framework — known as EntreComp.

EntreComp into Action user guide – find inspiration and practical guidance on how to use EntreComp. 

What is EntreComp?

EntreComp is a tool to support a common understanding of entrepreneurship competence and to enable people to develop entrepreneurial competences to support their life chances and employability.

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

Entrepreneurship competence is a key transversal competence. To be entrepreneurial means more than business start-ups and commerce – it also means to have a strong sense of initiative and act upon ideas and opportunities to create value for others. EntreComp establishes the importance of entrepreneurship and initiative and sets out the how people can develop this competence to make a contribution to economic, social and cultural challenges.

Using EntreComp

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

  • developing education and training curricula, programmes, and parts of programmes on digital competences;
  • developing non-formal and work based programmes and training to support the development of digital competences;
  • policy making and target setting for digital education and training to support digital skills and competences;
  • developing tools for assessment of entrepreneurial skills and competences, including those acquired through non-formal and informal learning, as well as self-assessment.

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!

The Commission wishes to explore and widen the use of EntreComp by all potential users.

EntreComp is ready to use and free of charge. You can also find key outputs and information on any updates to EntreComp.  

You can also access a helpful brochure with further information on the structure and use of EntreComp.

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