Title ELIEMENTAL: breaking down barriers to enterprise
Project Number 527949 - LLP-2012-UK-Leonardo-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
‘The Dragons Den and Apprentice give wrong idea of business, say academics’ (Guardian, 31st August 2012) ELIE (www.elie-project.eu) was funded by the Erasmus Lifelong Learning scheme in 2010. A key finding was that stereotypes of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial behaviour act as a barrier to enterprise and this led to widespread press coverage and a new follow-on project, led from Lancaster University by Dr Carolyn Downs; ELIEMENTAL.
The ELIEMENTAL project follows on from ELIE; this applied research project takes place in the UK, Poland, Greece and Romania and will work with groups that are most under-represented in SME start-ups. We will be exploring social and cultural barriers to entrepreneurship and the means of providing accessible enterprise education to overcome such barriers. We will be working with our target groups as partners on this project in a participatory action research approach to develop innovative and relevant community-based solutions.
Summary The significance of SMEs to economic growth within the EU is recognised in the provisions of the Small Business Act for Europe (2008) & the Lisbon strategy for economic growth. However, the European Commission (Enterprise & Industry) notes ‘Certain groups in society such as people from ethnic minorities face additional difficulties in trying to set up businesses’ & the EU highlights the need for solutions to barriers to entrepreneurship (http://ow.ly/8Obz8). Encouraging under-represented groups into entrepreneurship is an EU political priority. ELIEMENTAL will provide a framework to assist in breaking down the social & cultural barriers to entrepreneurship amongst under-represented groups in SME start-ups within the EU & will provide a model for action across the EU.
Description We aim to deliver this by establishing new knowledge of the nature of socio-cultural barriers to entrepreneurship, developing a community-based & online training tool-kit based upon this knowledge that will enable access to ELIEMENTAL mentors & a range of learning activities identified during the course of the project. This tool kit will provide the basis of guided learning that can be developed into an entry level qualification aimed at providing potential entrepreneurs with skills & knowledge necessary to start up in business.
Open and distance learning
Access for disadvantaged
Activities of Households as Employers; Undifferentiated Goods- and Services-Producing Activities of Households for Own Use
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Other Service Activities
Information and Communication
program or curricula
Product information The teaching materials for the new Eliemental qualification in enterprise education will be available from the project website early in 2015.