Project Details

Title: Youth Entrepreneurship Strategies
Priority: 1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Theme: Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Jan 2010 - 31st Dec 2012


Total budget: €1,521,199.00
ERDF contribution: €1,168,559.25

Lead partner

Östergötland County Administrative Board
Östgötagatan 3
581 86, Linköping

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    • Contact Person: Emina Radetinac
      Phone: +46 13 19 6350
      Fax: +46 13 19 6038

Project summary

The overall aim of YES, Youth Entrepreneurship Strategies, is to increase the number of entrepreneurs and accelerate European competitiveness. The method for reaching the objectives is integrating an entrepreneurial perspective in the one forum that gathers all European youth, the education system. Studies show that Entrepreneurship in school is an effective way to increase the number of entrepreneurs. 60 % of EU citizen say that setting up a business has never even occurred to them, entrepreneurship is not a preferred career option to most Europeans. By raising awareness and providing entrepreneurial training, the number of Europeans considering entrepreneurship as a career option will increase. The innovative approach of the project, improving regional education policies regarding stimulation of entrepreneurship, will give a direct impact on the participating regions level of entrepreneurship. The link between education and entrepreneurship is recognised amongst others in the

Small Business Act and in the Oslo agenda. The partnership consists of 8 partners from: SE, ES, FI, PL, IE, EE, FR and SK. Six regional governments, a national youth entrepreneurship organisation and the Assembly of European Regions.YES origins from a regional need to develop and work with new methods in order to review regional policies. The need to absorb new knowledge and inspiration on youth entrepreneurship strategies grew larger in the regions as well as the wish for spreading lessons learned and good practice gained. YES will address the policy making process regarding the education systems in order to accelerate economic growth. This will be done by 1) Developing a method for mapping prerequisites for youth entrepreneurship promotion in regional development policies and education system. 2) Conducting a mapping 3) performing a joint interregional analysis where similarities, differences, strengths and weaknesses are identified. 4) The analysis will be transformed into

1 national and 6 regional Action plans with policy recommendations for each region/nation, providing the next steps for boosting the number of entrepreneurs involving all relevant key stakeholders. 5) The interregional mapping together with experience from the regional mapping and analysis will result in a Best Practice Guide. The result will be improved policies regarding integration of entrepreneurship in the education system. The long term impact of the project will be an increased number of entrepreneurs and SMEs in partner regions. An effective communication ensures the effect beyond the partners. Establishment of the European network for youth entrepreneurship promotion will ensure duration of project results. The interregional exchange of experiences, joint learning and dissemination of good practice is the interregional added value. The project results will contribute to increased European competitiveness and accelerate regional economic growth in line with the Lisbon agenda.

Project achievements

The aim of the YES project is to contribute to European competitiveness and to accelerate regional economic growth through promoting the entrepreneurial mindset in the next generation. Thus, the project aims at integrating an entrepreneurial perspective in the education system

and increase the number of young entrepreneurs. YES main objective was to influence policies like regional/local development plans, growth and innovation plans and school curricula by capitalising on new knowledge and good practice on how to integrate entrepreneurship in the education system. The process started by developing a mapping for Entrepreneurship in the Education system. The mapping with the survey has been the foundation for the Regional Action Plans (RAPS). Regional Action Plan process started in March 2012 and all the RAPs and RAP compilation were finalized by the end of September 2012.

The RAP compilation shows the current situation, regional SWOT analysis, priority areas, goals, actions and how the RAP will be implemented in each region.The RAP is designed to provide a force in Europe on future work with Entrepreneurial Education. The participating regions have gain a lot of experience on how to work with and implement the Entrepreneurial Education by comparing the RAP:s. From the inter-regional SWOT analysis seven (7) recommendations has been presented in the compiled RAP for the development of entrepreneurship education in Europe. During the last project period the YES project has succeeded, with impact of the Regional Action Plans to influence the regional/national strategies on EE in some of the partner countries.

For exampel: The development of Regional Strategy of EE 2014-2017 in Žilina the Self-Governing Region has taken YES project outputs in considiration by to including EE into curriculum of each secondary school type and to crate a high-quality teaching aids for crativity training, textbooks, computer programs, ideas for projects etc.


The other documentation that has been produced within the project as the Best Practice Guide and The Magazine gives inspiration and knowledge on how to use and share experience over the Europe. The best practice process was carried out and 24 selected best practices were finally collected both from policy and activity level of entrepreneurship education in partner regions. The 24 examples of BP shows that main key to success is to work on many levels at the same time, provide teachers with tools for the classroom and support programs by business centers and policies at local, regional and national level.

Best practices were in focus in inter-regional project conference in Pori in February 2012 and Best practice guide published in May 2012.

The project has also developed a Facebook page and a Linked in page to be a platform for long-term cooperation on EE issue. In addition, the website with all the reports and other materials developed in the project will be available 5 years after project completion. The following results were presented in Final project conference in Brussels in October 2012: 1) YES project results & conclusions, 2) Inter-regional SWOT analysis, 3) Recommendations for entrepreneurship education in Europe, and 4) Launch of the network of promoting of entrepreneurship education in Europe.


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Östergötland County Administrative Board, Linköping SWEDEN Östra Mellansverige +46 13 19 6350
Council of Education,Training and Employment of the Region of Murcia, MURCIA SPAIN Región de Murcia +34 968 36 26 43
Pori Regional Development Agency POSEK Ltd, PORI FINLAND Länsi-Suomi +358-2-6205400
Assembly of European Regions (AER), Strasbourg FRANCE Alsace +33 388 227 443
South-East Regional Authority, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary IRELAND Southern and Eastern 00 353 52 26200
Zilina self-governing region, Žilina SLOVAKIA Stredne Slovensko +421 41 5032 209
Junior Achievement Estonia, Talllinn ESTONIA Eesti +372 621 09 98
Marshal's Office of Opolskie Region, Opole POLAND Opolskie 077 44 293 45
Prizztech Ltd, Pori FINLAND Länsi-Suomi +358 (0)44 7105433


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