Youth entrepreneurship strategies (YES)


YES Project

The YES (Youth Entrepreneurship Strategies) project started in June 2008 in Östergötland to stimulate innovative and entrepreneurial mindsets among young people. By adding a policy level and enlargening the project to European partners, a strategy shall be developed with a view to integrating youth entrepreneurship education in school curricula, to increase knowledge about best practice and to contribute to the implementation of the European Union's Small Business Act (SBA) regarding the provision of basic skills to young entrepreneurs.


The overall aim of YES, Youth Entrepreneurship Strategies, is to increase the number of entrepreneurs and accelerate European competitiveness by incorporating an entrepreneurial perspective into the education system and creating an entrepreneurial culture. A mapping and analysis procedure will identify prerequisites for youth entrepreneurship promotion in regional development policies and education systems and lead to a national and regional action plans including policy recommendations. The project will establish a Best Practice Guide as well as a European network for youth entrepreneurship promotion. A specific projet website and dissemination events will spread knowledge and raise awareness concerning entrepreneurship education.

Activities & results

Project activities include:

  • developing a methodology for mapping entrepreneurship education strategies and policies
  • developing Actions Plans involving all relevant stakeholders
  • drafting recommendations to the European Commission
  • public dissemination conferences and designing of dissemination strategies
  • drafting a Best Practice Guide
  • creating a European Network for Youth Entrepreneurship Promotion.

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Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and made possible by the Interreg IVC Programme.

Östergötland County Administrative Board
Council of Education, Training and Employment of the Region of Murcia
Pori Regional Development Agency POSEK Ltd
Assembly of European Regions (AER)
South-East Regional Authority
Zilina self-governing Region
Junior Achievement Estonia
Marshal's Office of Opolskie Region

Responsible Committee:
Committee 3 Culture, Education, Youth and International Cooperation

Policy Coordinator Committee 3
Tel.: + 33 3 88 22 74 35

Policy Officer Committee 3
Tel.: +33 3 88 22 74 43

Anastasia KIRILOVA
Youth Policy Officer
Tel.: +33 3 88 22 74 45

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