About the project

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


Partners in the Erasmus+ Project Youth Start Entrepreneurial Challenges from January 2015 to June 2018 (EACEA/10/14 Programme Erasmus +, Key action 3: Support for policy reform — prospective initiatives):

Overall co-ordination:



PEEP – Policy Experimentation & Evaluation Platform

Programme responsibility:



IFTE – Initiative for Teaching Entrepreneurship

Scientific accompaniment:



Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship

Project implementation:


 Portuguese Ministry of Education



Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research



Ministry of Education, Children and Youth in Luxembourg



Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sports



The National Education Institute Slovenia



Slovenian National School of Leadership in Education

Stakeholders and implementation partners:


 University College for Teacher Education of Christian Churches Vienna/Krems



Austrian Federal Economic Chambers

Associated Partner:



Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition