Start-Up Promotion for Entrepreneurial Resilience
Start date: Sep 1, 2015,
End date: Aug 31, 2018
SUPER is fully in line with Erasmus+:
Horizontal Priority 1: develop basic and transversal skills (such as entrepreneurship) in all fields of education
HE Priority: support HEI to implement necessary reforms of 2011 EU Modernisation Agenda and its priority areas; improve quality and relevance of HE; strengthen quality through cross-border cooperation; make the knowledge triangle work
HE Priority: strengthen links between education and business; develop active cooperation between HEI and partners from outside academia, i.e. enterprises, professional organisations, chambers of commerce
CONTEXT: entrepreneurship is key for EU2020 objective of smart, sustainable, inclusive growth. Entrepreneurship starts in classroom and is nurtured in university. A significant shortcoming for entrepreneurship promotion in EU is the gap between HE and entrepreneurship. While most HEIs offer entrepreneurship courses, seldom HEIs have concrete support systems to nurture students’ entrepreneurship. Even when those systems are in place, apart from few exceptions, support is either confined to specific sectors (ICT) or inefficient. The 2014 EU Court of Auditors' Special Report n.7 stresses how “incubation programmes were of a basic nature” and “provision of incubation services was rather limited”. The Report “deplores disappointing results delivered by the audited incubators” and recommends that “it is important to establish and share good practices” and that “incubators should be created in close cooperation with the educational system”. The EU Council “Conclusions on Entrepreneurship in Education”, Dec 2014 calls on EU and Member States to “promote and support student ventures by providing sound guidance and make available coaching and incubators for aspiring entrepreneurs”. There is an immediate need to overcome the fragmentation at EU level currently affecting entrepreneurship promotion: “efforts across Member States to support and promote entrepreneurship in education are fragmented and lack coherence” EU Commission, Working Group on Entrepreneurship Education, 2014.
OBJECTIVE: SUPER will bridge the gap between education and entrepreneurship with concrete and tangible tools and training resources for both HEIs and students, addressing immediate needs and shortcomings identified at preparation and corroborated by EU policy papers. The objective is to promote entrepreneurship already at HE level by empowering HEIs to establish suitable and effective entrepreneurship support systems.
PARTICIPANTS: SUPER brings together 6 partners from 6 countries (Belgium, Czech Rep., Italy, Slovakia, Spain, UK) representing the various dimensions of entrepreneurship in HE: HEIs, entrepreneurship facilitators and enterprises. The partnership pools public, private and NGO sectors and builds on partners’ complementary skills, expertise and capacities.
1. Develop and maintain the multilingual SUPER OER Platform
2. Identify Critical Success & Failure Factors of business incubation and support in HEI
3. Develop SUPER Incubation Toolkit comprising guidelines, Best Practices, checklists, etc
4. Develop training material and courses in multilingual versions on entrepreneurship and business creation to be delivered to HE students, both online and face-to-face
5. Pilot the SUPER Toolkit with HEIs and courses with student to validate their relevance and accuracy
6. Develop guidelines for uptake and implementation of the SUPER model, toolkit and courses
METHODOLOGY: step-by-step approach along the stages:
Identification->Analysis->Development->Pilot/Test & Validation->Deployment
1.toolkit for HEIs to establish efficient entrepreneurship support systems. The toolkit will devise effective start-up business incubation and allow HEIs to establish one-stop-shop for entrepreneurs-to-be
2.entrepreneurship multilingual courses for HEI students, face-to-face and on-line, including an online business planning tool
The results will be based on thorough analysis to identify critical success and failure factors in business incubation within and outside HEI environments, by analysing at least 30 cases in at least 15 countries, including extra-EU cases such as Israel and USA.
3.SUPER OER Multilingual Platform for full scale adoption of the Toolkit and Courses
IMPACT: SUPER generates immediate impact and long terms benefits to HE and entrepreneurship promotion throughout EU. The SUPER toolkit will empower HEIs to develop and embed efficient entrepreneurship support systems based on concrete evidence-based solutions and knowledge.
LONG-TERM BENEFITS: SUPER OER will become a platform not only for knowledge generation and sharing, but also as a focal point for HEIs and students to nurture entrepreneurship: partners already committed to maintain the OER platform for at least 3 years after the end of EU cofinancing. Through an effective dissemination plan, at least 400.000 contacts will be made during the project to spread and valorize the results of
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