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StartUp_EU - Be a High Tech Entrepreneur
Start date: 01 Dec 2011,

The StartUp_EU project is designed to motivate secondary school students by replicating the excitement and creative innovation of a new startup company. The project will create an educational game to develop entrepreneurial skills on a Web2.0 technology platform. Secondary school students will learn about entrepreneurship through inspiring and thought-provoking videos, online workbooks covering business and marketing plans, and presentation skills. Students then develop their own business ideas collaboratively and autonomously across Europe. These will be evaluated by a panel of experienced entrepreneurs and winners announced. For students the outcomes will be on multiple levels and include an insight into the world of start-ups and ICT, through replicating the collaborative processes required to develop an idea into a company a real taste of entrepreneurship will be gained. It is critical for Europe to maintain a knowledge-based economy and be at the forefront of technological, innovative entrepreneurship if Europe is to maintain its competiveness. To meet these targets young people should study and seek careers in the scientific and technological fields and understand entrepreneurship. The resources for educators produced by StartUp_EU will include:1. Leaning game (How to be a high tech entrepreneur)2. Technology platform for playing games, communications, partner finding, inspirational videos3. Business plan templates and guides that students can use to take their ideas to a ‘sellable’ business 4. Guide for teachers, ‘How to run an entrepreneur game’ that will include the pedagogy and a replicable methodology5. Workshops for teachers6. Sustainability package that will allow educators to use all resources after project is over7. Final awards conference and webinar.StartUp_EU will be orientated towards producing replicable results so that many more students and schools will be able to use the results of the project.
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