The ELIE (Employability - Learning through International Entrepreneurship) project aimed to help individuals, including students, develop the skills needed for self-employment and to increase the mobility of individuals and SMEs enabling them to exploit opportunities overseas. This objective was accomplished by talking to immigrant entrepreneurs (entrepreneurs not born in the country in which they run their business) to find out about their experiences.
The information gained in this way was used to develop teaching and learning tools to share this information.
ELIE’s main activities were summarizes in the following:
- To examine the lived-experience of 200 immigrant entrepreneurs (50 in each country), to establish the key elements of success
- To find out what issues can act as barriers to success in order to develop policy recommendations that support immigrants’ entrepreneurship
- To work with immigrant–led SMEs in the four partner countries on a set of teaching and learning tools that will allow students and SMEs across
- the EU to benefit from the lived-experience of successful immigrant entrepreneursTo pilot the teaching and learning tools with 60 non-immigrant SME participants and 120 students
- To establish what are the most significant barriers to cross-cultural entrepreneurship amongst HE students so that we can make policy recommendations in order to reduce such barriers
- To ensure that the teaching and learning tools provide a model that can be adopted by HE institutions by incorporating it into HE courses allowing students to learn how to better access EU wide opportunities
- To develop and maintain an online learning and support resource accessible to SMEs and students across the EU
Carolyn Downs, ELIE Project Director, firstname.lastname@example.org | University of Salford
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