EUROPAPRENEUR– An innovative way towards European competence based entrepreneur qualifications – entrepreneur diploma


The task of entrepreneurship trainers, teachers and tutors have become more challenging and multifaceted not only in Finland but throughout Europe. Facing the changes in the fast changing environment and the increased demands on the nascent entrepreneurs (assuring business survival, acquaintance with global challenges and competition, increase of project-based work, importance of business growth, etc), entrepreneurship trainers, teachers and tutors play a very important key role. Their task is to convey entrepreneurial mindset, business skills, decision-making, problem solving, innovativeness, social and self-learning competences etc to the nascent entrepreneurs and, also increasingly, to detect communicative, organisational and coordinative tasks. Yet many of them lack those skills and competences with which they will be able to practice their extended role as a coach, learning companion and coordinator and complement their task of transmitting business specific knowledge.

A consortium of eleven partners from eight countries has been formed. In the framework of this project, Irish, Finnish, Dutch, Belgian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Slovenian partners will contribute to the creation of a Europapreneur qualification system proposal. The project team integrates expertise and experience in fields of training, e-learning, management and legal consulting, curriculum development, and vocational training. The mix between SMEs, training institutes, public bodies and departments of ministries of education/VET, e-learning experts, consulting companies and end-users will produce results, which employ theoretical and entrepreneurial approaches as well as practical experiences.

The main objective of the project is to transfer the elements of the innovative entrepreneur diploma – national competence based qualifications for entrepreneurs developed in Finland to European partner countries and to develop entrepreneurship training (training of nascent entrepreneurs) in Finland further through the impulse from the partner countries.

The final objective is the creation of a common European diploma.

survey on the situation in the partner countries concerning systems of competence-based qualifications and needs for the European competence based entrepreneur qualifications – entrepreneur diploma (EUROPAPRENEUR diploma)
– design of the competence-based qualifications for the European entrepreneurs with testing situations and contexts
– design of a training course for achieving the qualification
–  learning platform for entrepreneurship and further training
– piloting results of the programme (training course and the qualification for the entrepreneurs)
– design of a multipliers’ guide for future users of the project results


Opetusalan koulutuskeskus – OPEKO (Finland) – coordinator
AROI OY (Finland)
Suomen Yrittäjät (Finland)
FRAREG s.r.l. (Italy)
Centre Recursos d’Iniciatives i Autocupacio SL (Spain)
Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association Ltd (Ireland)
Dienst Beroepsopleiding – DBO (Belgium)
Scalconsult – Consultores, Lda (Portugal)
Instituto de Formación y Estudios Sociales – IFES (Spain)
SVGB kennis- en opleidingencentrum (Netherlands)
Center Republike Slovenije za poklicno izobraževanje (Slovenia)