Nordic Entrepreneurship Islands

Status and potential Mapping and forecasting Entrepreneurship Education on seven selected Nordic Islands

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The pilot project Nordic Entrepreneurship Islands addresses the educational and new business venture challenges on seven selected Nordic islands. The project also addresses the opportunities and potential arising from an increased focus on entrepreneurship education and startup capital for student startups on the islands. The current state of the seven Nordic islands is described through a mapping of the existing spread of entrepreneurship education at the upper secondary and tertiary education levels. This is followed by a presentation, in the form of an informed forecast, of what the future could look like. Each island forecast is given as the possible percentage increase in students receiving entrepreneurship education, student startups receiving a Micro Grant, and the annual costs involved with the attainment of these increases during a five-year period, from 2015/2016 to 2020/2021.



Meso level

It requires a strategic and organisational overview of the school management to include entrepreneurship education in the normal education of the school or educational institution. School management (meso level), however, provides the very important link between a national/regional strategy level (macro level) and implementation (micro level) in the form of teachers who teach entrepreneurial skills to pupils and students. The meso level has often been overlooked, or given less attention, in a country’s combined efforts to develop and implement entrepreneurship education. But, contributing to a (new) ideal of education where students learn to act in an entrepreneurial and innovative way is not only a pedagogical and didactic exercise, it is also a managerial and organisational practice.


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