The project “European Entrepreneurship Training Community” (Reference No. 2018-1-LV01-KA203-046974) is focused on developing a self-fulfilling, sustainable and responsive transdisciplinary entrepreneurship training environment among the project Consortium – four entrepreneurial universities: Riga Technical University (Latvia), Anglia Ruskin University (the United Kingdom), South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Finland) and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands). The project is financed by the ERASMUS+ activity Cooperation for Innovation and Exchange of Good Practices, KA203 - Strategic Partnerships for higher education.

The main activities within this project are: (1) research on transdisciplinary training methodology; (2) development and simultaneous approbation of Transdisciplinary Entrepreneurship Training Methodology with a united Venture camp at the end of the programme, which is targeted at the student and trainer audience; the methodology shall be in the format of an electronic handbook; (3) creation and maintenance of the Project Platform that is used mainly as a dissemination tool throughout the project to share good practice on transdisciplinary entrepreneurship training.

A fundamental activity within the project is this Research on Entrepreneurship Training. The Research has a focus on understanding the existing entrepreneurial training activities with relation to entrepreneurship competence development primarily in partner countries of Consortium members, secondarily in the European Union.

The research topics are as follows:
  • Challenges and activities in achieving sustainable entrepreneurship ecosystems in Finland, Latvia, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
  • Developments of entrepreneurship competences worldwide since 2016.
  • Entrepreneurship training trends in higher education.
  • Entrepreneurship training trends in business supporting institutions.
The result of the research:

Unique collection and analysis of entrepreneurship training activities and competences among start-up entrepreneurs that provides a foundation to build the entrepreneurship training methodology. Research results will be available to other universities, vocational education and adult education organisations or individuals interested in the topic.

Project methodology

The methodology applied throughout the activities of the project is 4D: Define it, design it, do it, develop it. The visual in Figure 1 illustrates the succession of the activities in the methodology.

At the research stage of the project (Define it) the situation is   studied in order to collect and analyse the existing practice in   entrepreneurship education at the partner institutions and beyond in close cooperation with the industry stakeholders to identify business  ecosystem demands.
Based on the research, the second stage (Design   it) will be performed. During this stage the transdisciplinary   entrepreneurship training methodology (TETM) will be designed and   disseminated among the Consortium and beyond in the form of a handbook.
At   the third stage (Do it) the study methodology will be applied in the   real study process at all partner institutions. The study process will   be monitored and analysed, conclusions will be developed and  summarized.
Finally,  at the last phase (Develop it) the methodology  will be evaluated and  improved. Project activities and Intellectual  Outputs will be  disseminated to other universities and interested  stakeholders in Europe.

Major authors and contributers

Riga Technical University: Modris Ozoliņš, Madara Māra Irbe, Elīna Gaile-Sarkane, Inga Lapiņa, Tatjana Ņikitina, Māris Millers, Deniss Ščeulovs and Viktorija Babiča

Anglia Ruskin University: Lynn Martin

South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences: Mikhail Nemilentsev

Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences: Martijn Priem and Matthijs Smits

The research can be downloaded here.