About Youth Start

The Youth Start Entrepreneurial Challenges project was realised in a closecollaboration between the ministries of education of Austria, Luxembourg, Portugal and Slovenia between 2015 and 2018. The aim was to develop a flexible, innovative, transferable and scalable entrepreneurship programme and to assess the programme’s effects on students. Based on the project’s research results the education authorities involved will develop entrepreneurship education measures in their respective countries.



The Youth Start Entrepreneurial Challenges Programme developed during this project:

  • regards learning as a holistic process

  • 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

  • teaches the entrepreneurial competences listed in the “Youth Start Reference Framework” and includes check lists for self- and peer-assessment

  • provides descriptions and instructive video clips for physical activation and mindfulness exercises in addition to teacher and student materials

  • wasdeveloped by a team of Austrian experts based on their experience with entrepreneurship education in Austrian schools

  • is continually being further developed and complemented by new challenges