About Youth Start

The Youth Start Entrepreneurial Challenges Project is a European pilot project and represents a collaboration between the ministries of education of Austria, Luxembourg, Portugal and Slovenia. We use a practice-oriented, student-centred approach to entrepreneurship education to foster core competences in young people with the aim of improving their chances in the labour market and expanding their outlook on life.


The project is characterised by the following important innovations:

  • Experimental entrepreneurship education that can be included in existing curricula.

  • A flexible, innovative, transferable and scalable programme for self-regulated learning.

  • Scientific accompaniment during a field test with the aim of gathering evidence-based data as a basis for reforms in education policy.


The Youth Start Entrepreneurial Challenges Programme has been newly developed as part of the project and...

  • comprises smaller and bigger challenges for 18 different themes (Challenge Families);

  • is based on the “TRIO Model for Entrepreneurship” and offers challenges in 3 areas: basic tasks to promote entrepreneurial thinking, tasks to promote a culture of co-operation and tasks to increase awareness for citizenship and social responsibility;

  • helps students develop the entrepreneurial competences listed in the “reference framework” and includes check lists for self- and peer-assessment;

  • has a modular structure and can be used for different grades in various subjects and school types;

  • follows a holistic concept and provides descriptions and instructive video clips for physical exercises and meditation techniques in addition to teaching material for teachers and students;

  • is being developed by a team of Austrian experts based on their experience with entrepreneurship education in Austrian schools;

  • is being tested in all participating countries in a field test managed by Danish experts and evaluated in case studies;

  • in the school year 2015/16 reaches 2700 students and 200 teachers at 43 schools in Austria as well as 140 student teachers;

  • is currently being used at primary schools, new secondary schools, secondary business and business administration schools as well as secondary schools for tourist professions and artistic professions; it will soon also be used at vocational colleges, polytechnic schools and technical secondary schools.


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