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School of entrepreneurship

Being an entrepreneur requires an intensive training and consulting, especially if you are starting a business for the first time. The idea is to develop a short course program to be taught in schools selected by the European Commission.

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Being an entrepreneur requires an intensive training and consulting, especially if you are starting a business for the first time. The idea is to develop a short course program to be taught in schools selected by the European Commission.

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will have to provide teachers and make the necessary infrastructure available, and the EC will provide the education project.
Students who complete the program will receive a certificate. The certificate should facilitate bank financing and negotiating with partners, it will guarantee that the entrepreneur has been trained and know how to manage its business.

How will your concept support web entrepreneurship?

During the program, students-entrepreneurs will learn step-by-step how to start a business. Including all the burocratic tasks, tax calculation, marketing and communication planning. At the same time they will be guided and assessed by their teachers. At the end of the program, the students will be able to open and run their business.

What kinds of resources will be needed to get this concept off the ground and scale it?

The EC will need to assemble a multidisciplinary team to design a curriculum. Educators, lawyers, accountants, administrators and communicologists will be needed to acomplish this task. Writers, designers and web designers will be needed too. The EC will have to set up a committee to implement the program, select and establish partnerships with schools. Also, the EC has to make sure that schools and students are constantly being evaluated in order to maintain the quality of the program.

How could we get started?

Initially, the course could be taught online, and then, as partnerships with schools get established, the program would be implemented in college classrooms.

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This is an interesting initiative Carol.
Can I ask what level of education this is aimed at? - The word college is so variable - here in Australia it means the last two years of secondary education whereas in USA it refers to the first two years of post-secondary education and in other places refers to things like divisions of university residence.

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hi, paul. good point. here in brazil it refers to the graduation and post graduation programs, but i think it could be available for those students who at least have completed the secondary school, like an extension program.

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Thanks Carol - the extension suggestion makes me think of what we refer to here as Summer Schools. After I asked the question I looked for the structure of European post-secondary education and came across this site ( http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/education/eurydice/eurybase_en.php ). I have only looked at Portugal at this point in time and they, like Australia, seem largely to offer either vocational or academic post-secondary study. I think therefore that there may well be an unfilled need for entrepreneurial education.