Open-LAB “Lessons of Entrepreneurship”

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What is entrepreneurship education? Why is its integration within educational systems so important? What are the ongoing initiatives, and what is their impact on young people?

Those where some of the questions tackled during the successful Open-LAB “Entrepreneurship Lessons”, organised by CIAPE on the 14th of July and based onnetworking among experts and managers of innovative projects in the field.


CIAPE – The Italian Centre for Permanent Learning, on the 14th of July at the Employment Centre of Rome Cinecittà, organised the Open-LAB “Lessons of Entrepreneurship” within the Erasmus+ European programme.


According to the new Eurydice report “Entrepreneurship Education at School in Europe 2016”, teaching entrepreneurship means developing – among students –  the necessary competencies and attitudes to transform creative ideas into entrepreneurial actions, thus sustaining also personal development, creativity, innovation and risk taking. In this period, struggled by the economic crisis, low employment rates and – more generally – a complex economic and social panorama, entrepreneurship education represents a possible solution for young people.


The Open-LAB represented a necessary moment devoted to sharing among the experts at Italian level, as well as an occasion to debate about the impact of the most successful projects and the definition of joint initiatives, to be tested through pilot actions at national and/or European levels.

During the Open-LAB, participants debated about innovative projects in the fields of entrepreneurship education at school, as well as of enhancement of entrepreneurial spirit during dual-learning pathways, counselling for entrepreneurship and business projects.


The event was international, as it was the Multiplier event of two Erasmus+ projects dealing with entrepreneurship education from two different perspectives: as specific knowledge and skills for business start-up (EnYouth Teacher project and as students’ sensitisation on self employment and entrepreneurship as possible professional choices (Prometheus project During the event the tools developed within the projects were presented, which are now available free of charge in the different languages of the partners involved.


Many professionals and counsellors in the field of entrepreneurship education, as well as interested stakeholders from different Italian regions attended the event. The morning opened with a plenary session, followed by parallel round tables, each one introduced by representatives of best practice projects who shared ideas and working tools with the aim to develop new shared initiatives.





09:00 – 09:30

Registration of participants


09:30 – 09:40

Welcome participants and International Conference opening. Introduction of the Enyouth Teacher and Prometheus projects (Eleonora Perotti, President of CIAPE)


09:40 – 09:50

The importance of entrepreneurship for young people at European level (Maria di Saverio, ISFOL)


09:50 – 10:00

Speech from a young entrepreneur: effectiveness of entrepreneurial teaching at school (Emanuele Davenia, a student who opened a business after attending an entrepreneurship education programme at school)


10:00 – 10:15

Speech from a Trainer: the key skills for the future (Marilù Carnesi, psychologist and counsellor)


10:15 – 12:00

Opening of coffee break and of the working tables

Table 1: Promote the development of the entrepreneurial mindset among young people (business mentors in the classroom, developing personal skills and soft skills).

Table 2: Promote the implementation of activities and concrete business projects (business plans, alternating work-school).

Table 3: Raise awareness among students on the topic of self-employment and entrepreneurship as possible career choices (the Prometheus project follow-up).

Table 4 (in English language): Promote the development of specific business skills and knowledge to start and run a business (the EnYouthTeacher project follow-up).


12:00 – 13:00

Presentation of working table results and debate


13:00 – 13:30

Launch of the Enyouth Teacher platform and conclusion of the conference.



Some of the best practices presented

Posso, Non Posso…Vado! 2 (2011-1-IT1-LEO05-01928 CUP G72F11000080006)


“Promuovere il Social Business nelle Scuole Secondarie della Regione Emilia Romagna”I e II Ed.


COMEET+ Training community actors to foster entrepreneurship education (2015-1-ES01-KA204-016-081)


FarmInc. Introducing Marketing principles in the Agricultural Sector (2013-1-IT1-LEO05-03986)


Extended Choices for Young People in VET (2014-1-UK01-KA202-001655)




Promoting Intergenerational Learning in Mediterranean Countries (II-B/4.1/0219 40/2381)


SORPRENDO – Software per l’orientamento alle professioni


Toscana 2020. Il rinascimento della cooperazione. Percorsi di Educazione cooperativa



Special thanks go to:


Antares Europa





Forma Camera

Generazioni Legacoop Lazio


Inventolab Milano


Legacoop Lazio

Matera Hub


Università di Macerata

Università San Raffaele


and to the staff of CIAPE, of course!


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