Entrepreneurship Education: a road to success


    Entrepreneurship Education: a road to success - 2015: European Commission, DG Growth.

Short Description

Entrepreneurship education is given a significant role in supporting the main goals of the Europe 2020 strategy; growths and jobs. Therefore, it is important to gather knowledge and evidence from across Europe and elsewhere that shows whether and how impact is achieved.

In 2013 DG Enterprise and Industry commissioned ICF International to conduct a mapping exercise of examples of research on the impact of Entrepreneurial Education. This report presents the outcome of the mapping exercise: 91 studies from 23 countries were identified. Eighty four studies addressed initiatives and actions taken at national level, and seven examples researched the effects of transnational projects operating in several countries.

The prevailing impression that emerged from the evidence collected is that entrepreneurship education works. Students participating in entrepreneurship education are more likely to start their own business and their companies tend to be more innovative and more successful than those led by persons without entrepreneurship education backgrounds. Entrepreneurship education alumni are at lower risk of being unemployed, and are more often in steady employment. Compared to their peers, they have better jobs and make more money. Notably, effects tend to cumulate and lead to acceleration: those who participated in a higher number of entrepreneurship education measures benefited more over time. The positive impact is not restricted to students and alumni. Besides impact on the individual, evidence from the examples reviewed for this study also shows impact on educational institutions, the economy and society.


Document prepared for European Commission by ICF Consulting Services Ltd.


Main author: Anette Curth, with contributions from Stelina Chatzichristou, Axelle Devaux (ICF International), and Rebecca Allinson (Technopolis Group) checked by Nicholas Bozeat (ICF International) and Nicholas Henry (University of Coventry).

Type of document

Research & Policy document

Year published


Key words

Research on the impact of Entrepreneurial Education; Europe 2020 strategy; 91 studies from 23 countries.

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