ENTREPRENEDU is the initiative funded by the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) with an aim of enhancing entrepreneurial ecosystems for education. After long anticipation, our dream team held its kick-off meeting on the 30-31st of January and 1st of February 2023 in the Italian Space Agency, in Rome (Italy).
The ENTREPRENEDU kick off meeting was successfully organised by our Project Coordinator – Fondazione E. Amaldi, and brought together different innovation stakeholders and educational entities from 6 different European countries:
- FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT from Germany;
- EUROPEAN BUSINESS ANGELS NETWORK from Belgium;
- CORALLIA from Greece;
- CLEANTECH from Bulgaria;
- F6S from Ireland;
- UNIVERSITY OF THESSALY from Greece and
- LUISS from Italy.
ENTREPRENEDU team aims at enhancing the proliferation of new business models and entrepreneurial skills, directly involving 90 teams of youth (age 18 to 30 years old), in 3 different Hackathons. The ENTREPRENEDU initiative will support the 12 most viable and promising ideas and concepts from the early stages to the commercialization of their solutions.
In that way, ENTREPRENEDU will enable a highly replicable model to provide business know-how for young Europeans, which will be validated in 3 educational institutions in Italy, Greece and Bulgaria, as well as a Venture Building Program (educational model) to be validated in 2 Universities and 1 VET (Vocational Education and Training) entity on 90 students.
The ENTREPRENEDU unique and interdisciplinary methodology will enhance entrepreneurial know-how and business skills and activities in less and moderate developed innovation regions, thus reinforcing their acceleration capacity and enabling youth to scale their concept to fully concrete solutions with strong market potential, subsequently enhancing the development and competitiveness of these regions.