EEE PROJECT | E-ZINE 2017 ISSUE 1
The EEE Project's E-zines inform about the latest developments of the EEE project and its three alliances in Germany, Austria, and Hungary.
Welcome to the EEE Project
Increasing young people’s entrepreneurship skills is increasingly viewed as a way to drive economic growth while also addressing pressing social issues. The last five years have seen growth in the number of HEIs offering entrepreneurship education of some kind; nevertheless, absolute levels of student entrepreneurship remain low in Europe and lag far behind competitors. Multiple countries in Europe fail to capitalise on the potential of student enterprises; poor entrepreneurial climate, limited training opportunities, mainly clustered in business schools, shortage of human resources on the topic, and lack of funding are few of the reasons cited to explain this failure.
To address the challenges, the objective of the EEE Project is to increase the proportion of HEI students acquiring an entrepreneurial mind-set and engaging in early stage entrepreneurial activity. This objective will be achieved through awareness raising activities and increasing the pedagogic capacities of HEI educators, as well as facilitating collaboration among the stakeholders in the entrepreneurship ecosystem.
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The EEE Project Hits The Ground Running
December 5-6, 2016
The EEE Project consortium partners came together in the kick-off meeting held at the Univations main office on December 5th-6th, 2016. The meeting brought together eight representatives from five partner institutions: Univations, University of Szeged (USZ), Management Center Innsbruck (MCI), Canice Consulting, and UIIN.
The meeting proved to be a productive one, with a busy agenda covered in detail to ensure a solid project implementation process from the very beginning. Following the welcome and introductions by Univations representatives, each partner delivered a short presentation on the respective project teams, assigned work packages, responsibilities, and estimated timelines for the activities they will undertake during the course of the project. Conversations focused on the planning and operational aspects of the three main intellectual outputs (IOs); IO1 Regional Alliances, IO2 the Entrepreneurship Promotion Campaign, and IO3 Entrepreneurship Teaching Toolkit, as well as dissemination, quality management and evaluation strategies, multiplier events, and other topics related to the overall management of the project.
January Briefing Meeting: Higlights
January 23, 2016
First steps are taken towards creation of EEE Regional Alliances in Halle, Szeged, and Innsbruck in the leadership of University of Szeged (USZ), through the discussions initiated by the institution to define a clear strategy on how to involve regional stakeholders in the alliances, and clarify their roles in the entrepreneurship course design and delivery.
EEE Project monthly briefing meeting was held via conference call on 23rd of January with the attendance of six project consortium representatives from the five partner institutions. The meeting led by Univations focused on the progress the partners have achieved with the preliminary goals defined in the Halle kick-off meeting: preparations on the establishment of regional alliances (IO1)
, meetings with the respective university leadership on the content and structure of the student entrepreneurship courses, and improvements in the project corporate design and dissemination tools.
The discussions around the establishment of EEE Regional Alliances included clear communication of the benefits with potential stakeholders who are invited to form the alliances, and identification of the roles and responsibilities they can take in the design and delivery of the entrepreneurship courses (IO3)
. Tentative timeline for the promotion activities (IO2)
, the course length, and methods for student recruitment for the courses were additional topics that received attention of the project partners.
Entrepreneurship Teaching Course Details Taking Shape
February 20, 2017
The design and content of IO3 Entrepreneurship Teaching Toolkits were in the spotlight during the February monthly briefing meeting, as well as the exciting news on the 1st Alliance Meetings taking place in Halle and Szeged in the months of February and March.
The discussions initiated in the leadership of Prof. Bernd Ebersberger from the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) helped outline a draft framework on how to design and implement the entrepreneurship courses at the individual universities. The proposal from the institution included creating 12-15 independent modules with the themes in the scope of entrepreneurship that could either be taught during a semester as one single course, or combined in a customized manner to be taught at summer schools. Idea competition bootcamps, introduction to regional ecosystems, characteristics and motivations of entrepreneurs, games and competitions are some of the module themes that will be sequenced under (i) Entrepreneurship course and (ii) Social entrepreneurship course. The example course layout suggested by the MCI was well received from the partners, with more details agreed to be discussed in the following partner meetings.
The First Halle Regional Alliance Meeting: Insights
February 23, 2017
Halle Regional Alliance meeting facilitated introduction of the EEE Project to the entrepreneurship program management at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), as well as calling for support for the promotion and teaching of the EEE entrepreneurship courses at different platforms in the university.
The first Halle Regional Alliance meeting took place on 23 February with the participation of the representatives from Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and the Univations EEE Project team. The meeting served the project team to introduce the EEE Project to the entrepreneurship education program coordinators at MLU, as well as calling for support from the university leadership in the teaching of the EEE entrepreneurship courses. The participants defined the preliminary steps as the generation of a sound strategy on how to promote entrepreneurship teaching among the MLU academic staff and identify suitable platforms to pilot-teach the entrepreneurship course modules to MLU students.
Szeged Secures Support Of Regional Business Leaders
March 9, 2017
The second alliance event in the line after Halle, Szeged Regional Alliance meeting has brought together higher education professionals and the representatives of regional firms to identify possible methods of cooperation and plan the upcoming steps in the EEE entrepreneurship course development and implementation.
Szeged Regional Alliance kick-off meeting successfully took place on 9 March 2017 in the premises of University of Szeged (USZ) in the leadership of the project team Dr. Norbert Buzás, Dr. Szabolcs Prónay, and Sándor Huszár. The event hosted more than 20 business partners who are interested in investing in their experience and knowledge in the EEE Project entrepreneurship course development, implementation, and the promotion activities in cooperation with the USZ teaching staff.
MCI Emerging as a Key Regional Stakeholder in Tirol Entrepreneurship Ecosystem
March 14, 2017
Number of institutions in the Austrian Alpine area of Tirol, including the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI), have joined forces to establish the alliance ‘Startup Tirol’ that will foster entrepreneurial activity and network in the region. This new initiative is expected to act as a powerhouse for MCI in its implementation of the EEE Project activities and reinforcement of the entrepreneurial practices among target groups.
In late February the key actors from the public and private sector in the Tyrolean entrepreneurship ecosystem have founded a regional alliance called ‘Startup Tirol’. This alliance comprises the Regional Development Agency (Standortagentur Tirol), the Chamber of Commerce in Tyrol, the University of Innsbruck, the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI), I.E.C.T. – The Institute for Entrepreneurship Cambridge – Tirol, the Werkstätte Wattens, and a number of individuals.