In the wake of the economic and financial crisis, the European Union has taken significant steps to fight rising levels of unemployment and return to economic growth. The European Commission (ref. A Budget for Europe 2020) proposed to increase the amounts allocated to innovation and SME development through the stimulation and support to new entrepreneurs. In effect, a Start-up activity is difficult, there is high risk and more than 50% of new businesses fail within the first 5 years.

Strong and well-performing Vocational and Educational Training (VET) can help deal with the challenge facing start-uppers in a competitive economy coming out of the global recession. This need was identified during several projects the partners were involved in: in the field of VET, where there is a lack of anticipation of skill requirements and formative routes for new entrepreneurs.

VET4Start-Up seeks to address the problem through a pan-European strategic partnership that will encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship.


The project aims to educate and train anyone interested in start-up thanks to an e-learning platform MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) and other useful and tailored materials and resources. VET4Start-UP will seek to improve the level of key competences and skills needed by new entrepreneurs through Vocational and Educational Training.

The project aims to:

  • Gather research and in-depth analysis from across Europe of successful GOOD PRACTICE examples about start-up activities;
  • Promote the development, testing and implementation of INNOVATIVE PRACTICES/ METHODOLOGIES in VET such as MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), interactive presentations, workshops, creative problem solving guide exercises and simulations;
  • Create the profile of an “EUROPEAN START-UP ADVISER” thanks to an intensive training and support based on the ECVET system and then recognised and validated by a specific Memorandum of Understanding;
  • Create a WEBSITE with a DATABASE OF MATERIALS TRANSLATED into all partners’ national languages to promote and encourage extensive exploitation of results;
  • Encourage entrepreneurship (including social entrepreneurship) creating an e-learning MOOC FOR START-UPPERS with animated videos in 3 modules, both practical and theoretical, about the mind-set and skills necessary, design of the new enterprise, risks, challenges and opportunities including acceleration and incubation methodologies, creative problem solving technology, testing and simulation games –the MOOC is going to be tested and improved during a 7-day intensive Joint Staff Training Event – an APP for mobile device is going to be released in order to ensure accessibility in an innovative way;
  • Disseminate the project outputs and results throughout Europe with a DATABASE OF MATERIALS AND EBOOKS available through open licences (ref. Creative Commons) and through a series of MULTIPLIER EVENTS organised in each partner’s country in order to present the project outputs in a 1-day seminar. 


More information

Start date: 1 September 2014
Duration: 24 months
Project website:
Project number: 2014 -1-IT01-KA202-002487
Project code: CUP G36G14000530006

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