Randomizing Entrepreneurship Training Through Breakout Challenges on Smartphones
Action: Strategic Partnerships
Start date: 01/09/2019
Duration: 25 months
1Lancaster and Morecambe College. United Kingdom.
2Future In Perspective Limited. Ireland.
3European Center for Quality Ood. Bulgaria.
4Innovation Frontiers IKE. Greece.
5Centre for Advancement of Research and Development in Educational Technology LTD. Cyprus.
6Jaitek Tecnología y Formación SL. Spain.
7Osrodek Szkoleniowobadawczy INNEO. Poland.
8Rightchallenge - Associaçao. Portugal.
Promoting entrepreneurship in Europe has been a core objective of the European Union ever since the Lisbon European Council decided in March 2000 to improve the EU’s performance in the areas of employment, economic reform and social cohesion.
The development of entrepreneurship has important benefits, both economically and socially. Entrepreneurship is not only a driving force for job creation, competitiveness and growth; it also contributes to personal fulfillment and the achievement of social objectives. Moreover, numerous factors play a role in the decision to start up a business: for example, the existence of a suitable opportunity or market; the perception that starting a company might be difficult due to red tape; financial obstacles; or the need to acquire new skills. That is why the EU considers that it has a duty to encourage entrepreneurial initiatives and unlock the growth potential of its businesses and citizens.
Europe’s economic growth and jobs depend on its ability to support the growth of enterprises. Entrepreneurship creates new companies, opens up new markets, and nurtures new skills. The most important sources of employment in the EU are Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). The Commission’s objective is to encourage people to become entrepreneurs and also make it easier for them to set up and grow their businesses.
Entrepreneurship is an individual’s ability to turn ideas into action. It includes creativity, innovation, risk taking, ability to plan and manage projects in order to achieve objectives. Only 37% of Europeans would like to be self-employed, compared to 51% of people in the US and China.
Some of the challenges to be tackled to increase the rate of entrepreneurial activity include:
- Providing education that offers the right foundation for an entrepreneurial career
- Building core skils to overcome the difficulty in accessing finance and markets
- Mitigating the fear of ‘punitive’ sanctions in case of failure.
The European Commission’s initiatives promoting entrepreneurship were summarised in an Entrepreneurship Action Plan adopted in January 2013. These initiatives aimed to reignite Europe’s entrepreneurial spirit by educating young people about entrepreneurship; highlighting opportunities for women and other groups; easing administrative requirements for entrepreneurs and making it easier to attract investors.
The AppHop project consortium takes up the challenge to develop and test a completely new entrepreneurship curriculum, based on the EntreComp Framework, but presented as a series of randomized breakout challenges for access on smartphones.
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