Title Y4 Regional Entrepreneurial Cooperation (Y4 TOI)
Project Number 2009-1-FI1-LEO05-01586
Product Type others
Instead of one common Y4 Toolkit the outcome/product of the project was process description for regional Y4 entrepreneurship development of the partner countries.
All of these descriptions are available as pdf document in the "Files" and in the project website. (http://www.y4finland.fi/y4toi/)
The original concept for the Y4 Toolkit enabled partners engaged in this project to examine existing practice within their organizations to see how entrepreneurialism is grown and developed through linkages between VETs and SMEs locally, regionally and nationally. As the project evolved, and through in depth discussions, it became clear that the Y4 Toolkit methodology developed as part of the original innovation programme would not ´fit´the needs of the different countries because of the contexts within which each organization operates.
As a result, each organization chose their own direction to go in when developing a toolkit approach which would allow them to put into place regional entrepreneurial development based on their own contextual needs. These approaches were based on the original toolkit but took quite different turns. In the case of both Scotland and Portugal, an internal investigation into own existing practices was the first step and from that ideas grew which were then developed into practices within existing programmes or additional programmes. From these developments, the Advisory Boards were able to be formed and the process then evaluated.
The Netherlands also took an internalized approach but from a strategic view, looking to make connections with a wider external audience. From these connections they were able to move towards developing a shared understanding of enterprise within their region and also within their College. From this process, it is possible to see that three ´new´models of practice have been formed. These are true adaptations of the original but offer a greater opportunity for growth and change.
(See the files for the further information.)
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