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START-IN: Entrepreneurship and social innovation in education

15/05/2018
ZABALA will evaluate and certify the project’s quality that aims to promote entrepreneurship through working with training centres and teachers.

The START IN project started in September 2017 and it will finish in August 2018, is a financed program by CE under the Erasmus+ program which develop Inclusive and Innovative Entrepreneurship Education in Europe.

Recently, START-IN partnership representatives met in Ireland in the city of Cork to discuss the project’s progress and plan following steps. The meeting was hosted by the Cork Institute of Technology.

The main challenge of the project is to design new tailor-made tools and resources to address the identified needs, gaps and the main challenges of educating in social entrepreneurship and innovation, besides of improve learning and teaching practises in innovation-related skills, attitudes and knowledge. ZABALA participates in the project as a partner with the role of “internal evaluator” to seek for the excellence and as an expert on social innovation.

The first day of the meeting was devoted to the finalization of IO1 – the curriculum, which is the basis for further project works. Partners presented, discussed and commented all prepared materials, set up next steps, as well as agreed on a common output structure. Partners then focused on planning IO2 – the module fundamentals.

The second day was a continuation of the discussion on IO2, followed by a snapshot of the work plan for further project outputs, and then agreements on other project management topics. Partners confirmed dissemination, evaluation and meeting deadlines. ZABALA is accountable of the evaluation and quality’s plan of the project.

To solve the challenge, START IN has defined intellectual outputs (IO): An European Qualifications Framework (EQF) based Curriculum on inclusive and innovative entrepreneurship education (IO1) and a set of Training Modules (IO2) on Inclusive and Innovative Entrepreneurship Education (IIEE) for teacher training; a Multilingual e-learning platform (IO4), with innovative e-Learning courses and Open Educational Resources (OER) on IIEE, a Guide (IO5) with recommendations to mainstream of IIEE in Europe, among others.

The partnership will next meet in Finland in October 2018.