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 www.goodpractices.eu 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.
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.