Lead Expert

Iván Diego

"I believe entrepreneurship education can play a pivotal role in preventing disengagement and early school leaving, two of the most cited ills of education systems in Europe leading to social exclusion."

Recent Group Articles


The ViE project seeks to address the barriers faced by blind and partially sighted people trying to enter the labour...


DG Enteprise has launched a new call on entrepreneurship education. Projects to be supported will focus on one of...


The European Entrepreneurship Educators Programme (3EP) will deliver Academies using an inclusive delivery model...

News & Events

EU-funded Vision in Enterprise (ViE) project publishes new Research and Needs Analysis report

The ViE project seeks to address the barriers faced by blind and partially sighted people trying to enter the labour market by promoting entrepreneurship as a viable option. Tangible results will be a toolkit of bespoke learning materials, competencies and delivery methods for Vocational Education and Training (VET) organisations.

EC launches call to promote projects on Entrepreneurship Education (Deadline 16/04/2012)

DG Enteprise has launched a new call on entrepreneurship education. Projects to be supported will focus on one of the following objectives (priority areas):

3EP UK Academy - Training for Entrepreneurship Educators in Liverpool in March 2012

The European Entrepreneurship Educators Programme (3EP) will deliver Academies using an inclusive delivery model that both develops pedagogy and supports institutional change (‘the entrepreneurial university’).The 3EP vision is to support the creation a higher education sector across Europe capable of developing enterprising and entrepreneurial students, graduates and staff.

Entrepreneurship Education conference in Finland (19, 20 Jan 2012)

The Entrepreneurship Education 2012 conference organised by Vocational Education Centre Sedu will be held at Seinäjoki (Finland) on 19. – 20.1.2012. Under the slogan "From idea to diamond", this annual conference brings together researcher, practitioners, employers to discuss entrepreneurship success factors. The roster of speakers includes Professor Saras D. Saraswathy (Univ. of Darden, USA).

XXII Latinamerican Entrepreneurship Congress to be held in Quito in April 2012

On April 18-20, 2012, together with its institutional partners the University Andina Simón Bolivar in Ecuador will organise an international entrepreneurship congress which will bring together experts and academics in the field of start-up support, promoting entrepreneurial spirit, cultural economy, business development, business innovation, and entrepreneurial initiatives. A particular focus will on aspects of presenting and discussing inclusive and sustainable entrepreneurship initiatives.

Ambitious objectives for EU27 working group on entrepreneurship education

A newly established working group on entrepreneurship education comprising experts from EU member countries, candidate countries and Norway is determined to pitch entrepreneurship education to the top of the EU policy agenda. Launched on 5 December by the Directorate General for Education and Culture, the first meeting of the working group pinned down a number of core challenges to address in the bid for a more developed entrepreneurship drive in Europe’s education system.

Entrepreneurship education features prominently in Welsh Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy (YES) Action Plan

As part of the celebration of the Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Welsh government has recently published a brief newsletter on the delivery results of the first year of the Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy (YES). According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2010, in the UK, 3.3% per cent of young adults aged 18-24 years are engaged in early-stage entrepreneurial activity. Wales recorded a rate of 6.7%. In addition, Wales follows a targeted approach on entrepreneurial eductation.

Call for Cooperation: University of Turku to carry out European-wide research on the values of entrepreneurship education in Europe.

The University of Turku is looking for teachers, principals, teacher educators, entrepreneurs and other people interested in developing entrepreneurship education in Europe to answer a basic questionnaire online.

The link to the questionnaire can be found here.

ETF and ECORYS publish new report: 'Teacher Education for Entrepreneurship: Towards a Development Agenda'

Initiated by the European Commission, the European Training Foundation and the international research and consultancy agency ECORYS recently published a new report on 'Teacher Education for Entrepreneurship: Towards a Development Agenda'. The report provides a summary and evaluation of a pilot action on training teachers for entrepreneurship education funded by the EU Commission, DG Enterprise and DG Education and Culture.

COPIE @ 1st Annual Thematic Conference 'Entrepreneurial Spirit' of EU COMENIUS Network in Seville, Spain

On October 5-6, 2011, the transnational COMENIUS network 'Entrepreneurship Education & the World of Work' will host its first annual thematic conference in Seville.

International Study Visit on Entrepreneurial Training and Education in Flanders, Nov 14-17, 2011

'Competento – the Flemish Knowledge Centre on Entrepreneurial Education' is organizing an international study visit to show an international public of trainers, training managers and policy developers the state of the art on Entrepreneurial Training and Education in Flanders. The study visit will take place from Monday, November 14th to Thursday, November 17th.

Finland study visit (31 May- 01 June, 2011)

Finland shows a sustained and committed support by the government and a good understanding of the need to engage a broad number of stakeholders in the development of a sound enterprise education policy.

Several enterprise education projects in all these areas are actually in operation with ESF funding. Current ESF Operational Programme allocates some €1.8 million for entrepreneurship education-related projects.

Making entrepreneurship a sustainable option for ex-young offenders, May 2011

The Fresh Start project is a 24 month initiative co-funded by the European Commission, under the Directorate-General for Education and Culture.

The project aims to develop a specialized train-the-trainer course in order to provide European VET trainers with new skills that enable them to pass their training on developing young offenders’ entrepreneurial skills.

High Level Symposium on “Entrepreneurship Education: Teacher Education as critical success factor” (7-8 April 2011)

 The High Level Symposium on 'Entrepreneurship Education: Teacher Education as critical success factor'  took place in Budapest on 7th and 8th April. The event gathered 80 experts from all over Europe and debates focused around 5 main challenges:

  • How to help primary and  secondary teachers to become agents of change through initial teacher training

  • Encouraging and enabling in-service teachers to engage in entrepreneurship education through Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Entrepreneurship education in Germany, February 2011

Initiativkreis „Unternehmergeist in die Schulen“

(Committee of initiatives “Promoting entrepreneurial skills in schools”)

The committee has been initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in 2007. At the moment it is formed by 11 initiatives who for years are actively engaged in this field. They meet for two working sessions in a year, present their activities at the “didacta” (The German fair on education and lifelong learning), organise information events and seminars.

ESF and entrepreneurship education in Finland, February 2011

 The Finnish National Board of  Education (FNBE)  is the funding authority for the “Driving Change through Entrepreneurship Education and Competence” development programme.  Finland is going at great lengths to strengthen the role of entrepreneurship education and to improve the competence of teaching staff in order to provide young people the skills and attitudes for coping with change and perceiving entrepreneurship as an attractive career option.

Creative learning and innovative teaching, February 2011

Recently published report by Joint Research Centre. The report focuses on areas where improvement is needed to enable more creative learning and innovative teaching: curricula, pedagogies and assesment, teacher training, ICT and digital media and educational culture and leadership. Most of the ideas contained in it do overlap to a great extent with the enterprise education agenda. A call for the need of more creative, innovative and enterprising learning ecosystems.