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Inspiring Digital Entrepreneurship and Awareness in Higher Education (IDEA) – Test & Validation Activities

July 26, 2021

IDP European Consultants has recently concluded the Test & Validation activities on the IDEA project.

Starting from late 2019, Partners assessed, reviewed and revised literature sources that could provide for meaningful insights on the current status of digital entrepreneurship and digital entrepreneurship education across Europe (available here). Findings suggested an increasing relevancy not only of entrepreneurial skills, but also entrepreneurial skills combined with digital literacy and ICT proficiency for aspiring young entrepreneurs and fresh graduates.

Based on results, Partners developed training modules that are properly fine-tuned on needs and skill gaps as emerging from the cross-national assessment. To better evaluate the pedagogical accuracy and relevancy of training materials, Partners are deploying the courses in pilot version to the cohort of targets addressed by the project.

The student cohort consists of approximately 40 participants. The topics covered in the lectures were:

– Fundamentals of digital entrepreneurship

– ICT skills

– Business management

Thanks to activities implemented by Partners and following results achieved throughout these two years of project implementation, IDEA proposes an innovative approach of one important factor influencing entrepreneurial success: the use of digital skills applied to entrepreneurship.

In the Project, IDP brings its consolidated experience and expertise as a private provider of VET and adult education services. IDP has 25 years of experience in international and cross-border collaboration in the field of promotion of entrepreneurship and employability. IDP will greatly contribute to the technical and operational activities of the Project carrying out analysis and stock-taking activities of the Italian VET ecosystem pertaining to the project; contributing to structuring modules, developing methodologies for effective teaching and learning, materials and content.

IDEA (Inspiring Digital Entrepreneurship) is co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission and involves a Consortium of nine Partners from seven European countries i.e. Belgium, Croatia, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Spain. The Project aims at raising awareness among HE institutions and education authorities about the potential of digital and entrepreneurship skills and their role as business success factors. Through all these activities IDEA will improve professional success chances of HE students with different backgrounds.

For further information on IDEA and other IDP initiatives:

Website: www.ideadigital.eu

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/IDEA-107568734164562/

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ_OdjJvtQtGoOe7btPqAUA


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Supporting and Boosting the Competitiveness of EU Young Farmers: IDP European Consultants joined the second Transnational Project Meeting of YOUNG FARMERS

On June 28, 2021, IDP European Consultants joined the second transnational meeting of YOUNG FARMERS (Rural Entrepreneurship Leveraging Advanced training for Young Farmers), a Project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission, which brings together seven Partners from five different countries (Bulgaria, Belgium, Italy, Poland, and Spain). The meeting was held in online mode due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The main aim of the meeting was the presentation of the literature review, country reports, tools and good practices, and surveys, including a detailed analysis from each Partner. During the first phase of YOUNG FARMERS implementation, Partners focused on the review of policy papers, studies, research, articles and other relevant sources and resources.

The Partnership also discussed the implementation of courses (ten in total) under Intellectual Output 3.

IDP will cover two modules:

1) Project Management in the EntreComp Framework (3.2)

The topics examined are: Project lifecycle, Good Practices for Risk Management, Monitoring and Quality Assurance, Impact evaluation

2) Green Management: Ethical and Sustainable thinking according to the EntreComp Framework

The topics examined are: sustainability, CSR, green and eco-friendliness, social report, impact assessment

The content of the training will address three main areas:

  • Challenges and opportunities for farming in Digital Era
  • Entrepreneurship, Business Competitiveness and e-marketing
  • Internationalisation and e-commerce

Figure 1. Areas and competences of the EntreComp conceptual model.

All YOUNG FARMERS results will available in multilingual versions, free of charge and without restrictions through the dedicated OER platform.

The Project’s Website is now online at https://www.young-farmers.eu/, providing specific info on project aims, activities and results.

YOUNG FARMERS’ objective is to enhance the opportunities for EU young farmers to adopt and exploit digital entrepreneurship models so to valorise their businesses with new competitive solutions.

While young farmers represent the economic bulk of European rural areas – territories that make up from 40% to 80% of every European nation – numerous EU reports identify the need of a strong entrepreneurial and risk management training (as well as new technologies) from which rural entrepreneurs can benefit in terms of new and more innovative models for business competitiveness.

The financial and long-term sustainability of their business is by several key factors: lack of entrepreneurial training; overall lack of digital and ICT competences; the competitive pressure represented by big industrial value chain.

In the Project, IDP brings its consolidated experience and expertise as a private provider of VET and adult education services. IDP has 25 years of experience in international and cross-border collaboration in the field of promotion of entrepreneurship and employability. IDP will greatly contribute to the technical and operational activities of the Project carrying out analysis and stock-taking activities of the Italian VET ecosystem pertaining to the project; contributing to structuring modules, developing methodologies for effective teaching and learning, materials and content.

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Website: https://www.young-farmers.eu/

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Valorising and Nurturing Entrepreneurial Education across Europe. The Competences of Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs

After several months of hard work, the ECI consortium achieved another very important result contributing not only to the development of the project, but also, and most importantly, to the international mainstreaming and valorisation of the EntreComp Framework, the official model for the nurturing of entrepreneurial competences published and promoted by the European Commission.

The training content designed to operationalise the framework at EU level is finally available online and it is free for consultation. Such important achievement is the tip of a long process that engaged partners for more than one year.

At the end of last summer, the ECI Partnership finalised a detailed cross-reference analysis among the EntreComp Framework, ESCO (the classification of European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupation) and the EQF (European Qualifications Framework): a bond that the literature review – finalised during the development of the National Reports – proved to be highly consistent but still tangibly missing and not fully exploited.


The ultimate objective of this desk assessment was to establish an initial and operational connection between the EntreComp framework and the other two, allowing partners to operationalise a new model – the ECI model – for entrepreneurship valorisation and mainstreaming of entrepreneurial spirits across the VET dimension.

Each of the six competences selected by the partnership during the proposal as greater catalysts of “entrepreneurial attitudes”, has been reconducted to a specific dimension, field, and theoretical/operational setting of both ESCO and EQF, highlighting the different compliances by degree of consistency. We evaluated this degree by balancing each ESCO and EQF unit to the main and defining traits of each considered EntreComp competence as described by the same EU Joint Research Centre.

The results of this assessment can be found at the following link.

The development of the training modules kick-started during summer 2020; Partners invested energies, time, and efforts to comply with time schedule and quali/quantitative standards as discussed and foreseen during the proposal. The design of the modules in terms of content, structure, learning outcomes has been facilitated by a series of monthly brainstorming sessions in which partners had the opportunity to validate their ideas and have meaningful exchanges of views with their colleagues.

All training materials are EQF and ESCO compliant – a cross-referencing in which partners invested several months of close collaboration (please check the “Model” section for further references). The emerged results allowed partners to finalise a common methodology that provides for common understanding and shared guidelines upon all IO3-related activities.

The final Output consists in six training modules, each of which focusing on a specific EntreComp competence as highlighted by the framework. The material is organised as follows:

For a more comprehensive understanding of the subject, each training module is subdivided in further didactic units at the end of which there is a short self-assessment sheet. The training module comes with a short document (the so called “training fiche”) that summarises key concepts and main takeaways. Learners are recommended to an in-depth reading of both since they are highly complementary, rather than alternative.

In the Project, IDP brings its consolidated experience and expertise as a private provider of VET and adult education services. IDP has 25 years of experience in international and cross-border collaboration in the field of promotion of entrepreneurship and employability. IDP will greatly contribute to the technical and operational activities of the Project carrying out analysis and stock-taking activities of the Italian VET ecosystem pertaining to the project; contributing to structuring modules, developing methodologies for effective teaching and learning, materials and content.

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Imprenditorialità e Incubazione d’impresa: Risultati del progetto SUPER

Il progetto SUPER, Start-Up Promotion for Entrepreneurial Resilience, è cofinanziato dal Programma Erasmus+ della Commissione Europea, Azione Chiave 2 – Partenariati Strategici per l’Istruzione Superiore – con l’obiettivo di superare le barriere all’imprenditorialità e favorire l’incubazione d’impresa. Il progetto, avviato il 1 settembre 2015 ed appena concluso, è stato implementato da 6 Partners provenienti da 6 Paesi europei: Belgio, Italia, Regno Unito, Repubblica Ceca, Slovacchia e Spagna. Nei tre anni di lavoro è stato sviluppato un Toolkit a supporto degli Istituti di Istruzione Superiore nella fornitura di servizi di tutoraggio ed incubazione per aspiranti imprenditori, oltre che risorse formative e strumenti operativi rivolti agli studenti ed utili allo sviluppo di iniziative imprenditoriali proprie. I risultati del progetto ed una descrizione dettagliata del modello SUPER sono disponibili online sul portale di progetto www.super-project.eu, dove è inoltre possibile reperire i contatti per richiedere informazioni, condividere esperienze ed approfondire le possibili applicazioni del modello. Grazie alla sua consolidata esperienza, all’interno del progetto SUPER IDP European Consultants è stata responsabile del coordinamento e supervisione delle azioni di Monitoraggio, Valutazione e Quality Assurance. IDP European Consultants ha inoltre cooperato con gli altri Partner alla realizzazione del Toolkit di incubazione di impresa, di raccomandazioni e misure operative per l’attivazione di servizi di incubazione di impresa e meccanismi di supporto all’imprenditoria presso gli Istituti di Istruzione Superiore, e allo svolgimento delle azioni di test e convalida del Toolkit e delle risorse formative. Per ulteriori informazioni sul progetto SUPER e sulle attività di IDP European Consultans: www.super-project.eu https://www.idpeuropa.com/ networks@idpeuropa.com loghi 3
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