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SELF is made up of seven partners from five countries (Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Italy, Slovakia). The partners come from different educational fields and socio-economic sectors and aim to improve the wealth of knowledge on non-technical and professional skills and competencies relevant to higher education (HE) students aspiring to be solo-entrepreneurs. The partners are University of Malaga, University of Aveiro, EDUCATT, IHF asbl, IDP IT, Internet Web Solution and Comenius University Bratislava.

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Erasmus+ SELF Project: Pan-European Assessment reveals key insights on solo-entrepreneurship trends

The "SELF - Solo Entrepreneurs Learning Framework," co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission, has unveiled the results of its comprehensive Pan-European assessment carried out as part of Work Package 2 (WP2). This assessment provides an in-depth look at the current landscape of self-employment and self-entrepreneurship, focusing on the dynamics of education and training opportunities across Europe. The SELF project aims to enhance the entrepreneurial skills of higher education (HE) students by promoting solo-entrepreneurship and creating a unified digital market for solo-entrepreneurs. Coordinated by the University of Malaga, the project includes partners such as the University of Aveiro, EDUCATT, IHF asbl, IDP, IWS, and UNIBA. The assessment highlights several crucial findings: Limited institutionalized education for self-entrepreneurs Despite a growing interest in freelancing and solo entrepreneurship, institutionalized education and training options remain scarce. Most available resources are paid online courses, which often lack the necessary support mechanisms to help young aspiring self-entrepreneurs transition into early-incubation stages. EU's role in democratizing access to entrepreneurship education Amidst these challenges, the European Union is making significant strides in democratising access to entrepreneurship education. Various accessible resources are being developed to empower aspiring self-entrepreneurs with essential knowledge and skills, providing the support needed to transform their ideas into action. Decline in self-employment due to technological and pandemic-related disruptions The assessment reveals a notable downturn in the trajectory of self-employment in Europe. This decline is attributed to the rapid evolution of technology and the disruptive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which have posed significant challenges for self-entrepreneurs across various sectors. Gender disparity in self-entrepreneurship A persistent gender disparity in self-entrepreneurship is evident, with a concerning prevalence of “missing” women self-entrepreneurs. The report underscores the need for targeted policies to foster inclusion and equal opportunities, aiming to narrow the gender gap and unlock the full potential of aspiring female entrepreneurs. EU's multifaceted approach to supporting self-entrepreneurs The EU is actively championing initiatives to support the self-employed and self-entrepreneurs holistically, particularly focusing on young people, HE students, and fresh graduates. These initiatives range from providing vital financial assistance to implementing measures that address socioeconomic disparities and enhance essential skills and competencies. There is a collective expectation for EU institutions to advocate for integrating courses tailored to the needs of young aspiring self-entrepreneurs within the academic curricula of European universities. The SELF project is indeed expected to lay the groundwork for a more inclusive and dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem. Stay tuned for future results and more information on the project’s website https://solobiz.eu/index.php?lang=EN  

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Erasmus+ Project SELF: launch of Work Package 2

Partners of the Erasmus+ project "SELF - Solo Entrepreneurs Learning Framework" is pleased to announce the launch of Work Package 2 (WP2), titled "Mapping and Extrapolating Solo-Entrepreneurship Trends & Features." With the launch of WP2, the SELF project, co-funded by the European Commission, takes a significant step towards creating a comprehensive learning framework that fosters HE students' entrepreneurial skills and promotes solo-entrepreneurship. WP2 focuses on assessing and evaluating consolidated good practices and case studies at both country and transnational levels. These evaluations will guide the promotion of innovative and impactful solo-entrepreneurship training programmes within HE institutions and among HE students. The insights gained will enable project partners to strategize effectively, shaping the learning outcomes framework and informing the development of the project's training curriculum. The methodology for WP2 has been meticulously prepared and consolidated, ensuring efficiency and effectiveness in the execution of the analysis. This operative document, which remains internal and in English only, serves as a formal deliverable of WP2. It provides a harmonized understanding of the assessment's ultimate objectives, ensuring the relevance of results, data, and insights provided by partners. By adopting a common methodology, the SELF project guarantees a coordinated approach among partners. This methodology facilitates a shared understanding of the analysis's scope, ensures the comparability of findings, and highlights key expected results. It also valorises common trends and features of interest, which are crucial for the summative assessment of evidence. The findings from WP2 will be instrumental in setting and building the pedagogical base of reference for the project. This will enable the structuring of the education and training offerings accordingly. Evidence gathered and collected by partners will shape the content and structure of the curriculum, identifying specific training areas and competences that should be addressed and enhanced through the project's educational offerings. The partnership looks forward to the valuable insights that will emerge from this phase and to the continued progress of the project. For more information about the SELF project, please visit https://solobiz.eu/index.php?lang=EN

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Launch of the SELF OER Platform!

The Self OER platform, created by Internet Web Solutions, the project's technology partner, is now open and available in all languages and it will host the main results of the project. It will be available for the duration of the project and even 3 years after its completion. The platform encompasses all the information about the project, the consortium partners, the associated partners who support us, and the main results to be created during the development of Self, such as mapping and training. The OER platform has several advantages: it is free and open, allowing users to access it without the need to register; it is user-friendly, available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, in the five consortium languages (English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Slovak); and it is professional, as the content is created by experts. Self is a European project co-funded by the Erasmus Plus program, involving seven institutions from five countries, each with a different language. The consortium includes the University of Málaga (ES), IDP European Consultants (IT), IHF Europe (BE), Internet Web Solutions (ES), Comenius University Bratislava (SK), University of Aveiro (PT), and EDUCatt (IT). The SELF project – Solo Entrepreneur Learning Framework – emphasizes the importance of supporting the entrepreneurial skills of university students through the innovative concept of "solopreneurship." To achieve this goal, the consortium will develop specific outcomes, including the creation of the project's OER platform, which is already available in the consortium's languages. Stay informed about Self and the project's developments visiting www.solobiz.eu.

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Solo-entrepreneurship Curriculum

Development of solo-entrepreneurship curricula, tools, training and resources for self-employment

7 modules


innovative training solutions to capitalise on the opportunities of solo-entrepreneurship and related socio-economic empowerment.

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21 Case Studies & Good practices


highlighting insightful inputs on success features on entrepreneurship competence building initiatives for HE students

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Our Courses

The courses will be soon available on the training section

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