Three new publications on entrepreneurship education and women’s entrepreneurship

The Publications Office of the European Union has recently made available for free download three new publications on entrepreneurship education and women’s entrepreneurship.

Below you can find per each publication a short introduction and a direct link to download the PDF copy.

Peer-learning in entrepreneurship education and in women’s entrepreneurship – Executive summary

Authors:  Volkmann, Christine; Tømmerbakke, Jarle; Rancakova, Dagmar; Grünhagen, Marc; Melleri, Minna; Hostak, Juraj; Lilischkis, Stefan; Recheva, Tomislava

LINK

This Executive Summary is a final output of the project Peer-Learning Activities in Entrepreneurship Education and in Women’s Entrepreneurship, implemented 2018 to 2021. The project organised six highly interactive workshops with experts from all over Europe. Three workshops focused on EE, three on WE. Altogether, the project involved over 300 experts. The recommendations in this Summary are derived from the workshops as well as related online communities and surveys of participants. Literature reviews complemented personal experience with empirical insights. The report recommends the following key actions to foster EE and WE in Europe. Entrepreneurship education: Develop EE competence of leaders and teachers in education institutions. Encourage cooperation of EE stakeholders about policies and curricula. Communicate what EE is and what benefits it brings. Measure and compare EE practice and impact in pan-European research. Share EE knowledge and experience to enhance teaching and learning. Women’s entrepreneurship: Raise acknowledgement and awareness about the importance of WE. Improve access to finance for female entrepreneurs. Ensure life-long entrepreneurial learning especially for women. Build a pan-European umbrella organisation and network for WE. Collect and analyse data about women’s entrepreneurship. Moreover, mechanisms such as the European Semester, the Next Generation EU Recovery fund, and European funding instruments can support EE and WE take-up.

A guide for fostering women’s entrepreneurship

Authors: Rancakova, Dagmar; Hostak, Juraj; Lilischkis, Stefan

LINK

Europe needs to acknowledge the social and economic importance of women entrepreneurs. With the challenges of the digital and green transition as well as the COVID-19 pandemic’s implications for the labour market, women’s entrepreneurship (WE) could be reinforced as a viable career option – for women of all ages. This Guide is a final output of the project “Peer-Learning Activities in Entrepreneurship Education and in Women’s Entrepreneurship” (2018-2021). The target group of this Guide is decision makers in governments, educational institutions, civil society organisations, businesses, and their associations – on the local, regional, national and European level. The project led to recommendations with five themes that decision makers can target. These recommendations are interlinked and reinforce each other mutually. For example, promoting entrepreneurship as a career path requires role models, sufficient funding, and networks. A new women´s entrepreneurship funding platform requires a sound base in the education system to bring out competent, motivated, and ambitious women entrepreneurs.

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

Authors: Volkmann, Christine; Tømmerbakke, Jarle; Melleri, Minna; Grünhagen, Marc; Lilischkis, Stefan

LINK

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: 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Moreover, mechanisms like the European Semester, the Next Generation EU Recovery fund, and European funding instruments can support EE take-up.
From date
2021-12-16