The EYEMED Solution
Cross-Border Collaboration for Entrepreneurship Competences
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acquisition of EntreComp
Competencies toward successful entrepreneurship and/or employment
Recruitment phase for beneficiaries from our target group - young
unemployed or underemployed, ages 18-28, with a special
focus on bringing women into the programme. At this stage
of the project, participants will begin to interact with the local
entrepreneurship ecosystem to network with actors that motive
the fostering of entrepreneurship and economic development
in a local region and with other young entrepreneurs at all
stages of the process of becoming a successful entrepreneur.
By the Numbers.....
EYEMED's targeted project beneficiaries are NEETs - young people ages 18-28
not in education, employment or training.
with a special effort placed on recruiting women to the project. We have taken the
definition of NEETs from Eurofound, the tripartite EU agency providing knowledge to
assist in the development of better social, employment and work-related policies that
define our target group. These include young people who are conventionally unemployed,
unavailable for full-time employment, disengaged, opportunity seekers, and those who
are identified as a NEET not by choice. EYEMED seeks to understand the economic and
social consequences of a NEET’s disengagement from the labour market and education
in order to create opportunities for them becoming gainfully employed or an entrepreneur,
which is an additional avenue for creating jobs.
In reaching out to public, public/private and private service providers, we endeavor to identify,
recruit and retain NEETs to the EYEMED programme. These include the underemployed -
professionals who cannot find work in their sectors - as well as recently-arrived immigrants
and refugees. We want to hear from these colleagues in the fight against unemployment and
underemployment regarding their ideas and recommendations for bringing their beneficiaries
and clients into the programme as a means of contributing toward bringing economic
development and social cohesion to their regions.
Convening stakeholders and external audiences in dialogue around the issues of youth unemployment and economic development.
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EYEMED Associate Partners play a vital role in achieving programming success. They are the front-line
defense in combatting youth unemployment and underemployment in our targeted areas, and most have
departments dedicated specifically toward fomenting economic development and fostering entrepreneurship
in their region. Their contributions are critical to identifying beneficiaries for recruitment, coordinating training
if needed to supplement partners' capacities, and mentoring our beneficiaries toward successful completion
of the programme and ultimately finding a job or bringing an idea for entrepreneurial enterprise to fruition
toward the startup phase of entrepreneurship. There are currently seven Associate Partners to the EYEMED
project representing the public sector, training institutions, nonprofit organizations and commercial enterprises.
University of Palestine
EYEMED Pre- and Post-Incubation activities
Federation of Associations Serving the Handicapped in Murcia
EYEMED is a collaboration of a consortium of representatives from academic, business, public sector and training entities that include our
seven Programme Partners and several Associate Partners in the EU and MPCs, entrepreneurship ecosystems and public/private agencies
that promote employment opportunities amongst youth. Contact us at email@example.com
Collaborative Pre- and Post-Incubation activities
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EYEMED's E-Corner is the content curator for our cross-border collaborations. It is more than just a repository of information
and insights on the challenges faced, solutions proposed, resources marshaled or research findings around the issues of youth
unemployment and underemployment in our targeted region. The E-Corner helps our beneficiaries engaging in entrepreneurship
as job or gaining employment in traditional fields, bring their ideas to life and create value with their entrepreneurial endeavors by
curating content where they can learn - from the experts and from each other. This is a benchmark of entrepreneurship and an
important interpretation of EntreComp competences.
Being able to work with others, engage creativity and communicate are also an important part of both being an entrepreneur and
being prepared for the 21st Century workforce. Collaboration and information-sharing are recognized as important as more obvious
non-cognitifive or soft skills. Seeking out and including diverse views in planning any project holds value for an entrepreneur and
for a workplace manager as well. The EYEMED E-Corner brings exposure to the ideas and projects brought forth by our beneficiaries,
or trainees, as they progress through the programme. In this way, trainees are able to network with their peers in EYEMED countries
where a cross-pollination of ideas takes place through our digital platform's forum and where a sharing of problems encountered in
the entrepreneurship adventure can lead to collaboration and shared resources. The EYEMED E-Corner also serves as a content
curation platform of new ideas that focus attention on outcomes that are forthcoming from the project across the region.
The E-Corner also focuses on the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems in our region. With a disparity in the maturity and
sophistication of related activity taking place in the EU when compared to that of the Mediterranean areas in the Middle East and
Northern Africa, EYEMED serves to bridge the information gap. Just as the state of entrepreneurship training is in constant flux, so
is the state of development in entrepreneurship ecosystems in pivotal areas of importance – accessible markets, human capital/
workforce and funding or finance – as well as the rules and regulations governing them. With there being substantially more
similarities than differences in the issues facing entrepreneurs in our target region, the E-Corner posts news and updates on these
and other important factors that have an impact on entrepreneurship, economic development and the labour markets as a resource
for entrepreneurs, educators and trainers, organizations and institutions, investors and governments interested in our targeted region.
Our working language of English adds a cross-border benefit.
EntreComp identifies the competences that make someone entrepreneurial, so that these can be promoted in
one's own business and in organizations, companies, the education sector and among citizens as well.
It starts by defining what entrepreneurship is, namely the capacity to act upon opportunities and ideas and transform
them into financial, cultural or social value for others. It then breaks down this definition into three areas:
resources, ideas & opportunities, and into action:
Per each area, it defines 15 competences a person needs to be entrepreneurial. Finally, per each competence, it provides a number of learning
outcome statements that illustrate different levels of proficiency, from foundation to expert level. Content for the EntreComp coursework revolves around
macro programmes, defining goals and skills acquisition. Upon completion of content development, it is uploaded to the e-learning platform that serves as
the distance learning mechanism for delivery of the courses. There is an evaluation component built into the programme that revolves around the criteria
we have defined for success, involving participation and completion, engagement and learning, application and a demonstration of acquired skills and results.
All these criteria work in concert with each other, for taken alone are meaningless.
EntreComp is a reference document that can be used by policymakers for designing curricula and cross-curricular interventions aimed at promoting
entrepreneurial learning. It can also be used by learning providers, employers and others who need a framework for an assessment of an individuals'
competences or for designing education and training materials.
Trajectory of Mentoring Options
Participant assessments will evaluate their progress through the course as well as their integration in the local entrepreneurship ecosystems for
access to the network for pre-incubation activities geared toward the generation, testing & validation of ideas. Upon completion of the E-Incubation
component of the project, participants will return to the local entrepreneurship ecosystem to avail themselves of resources like mentoring/business
incubation services (networking, access to capital and VC investments, pitches, etc) and MBA-style resources like business models, Bplans and
activity required to launch a startup or MSME. Pre-incubation and post-incubation resources are made available by public/private employment
services to help participants secure jobs for beneficiaries seeking gainful full-time employment in their professions in lieu of starting an
NEETS and underemployed professionals ages 18-28,
with an interest in recruiting women
Beneficiaries equipped with EntreComp Competences
Incubation of ides from those generated during training,
including testing and validation, creating a business model,
and the creation of a startup. Participants interact with actors
within the local entrepreneurial ecosystem to access mentors,
resources and services designed to accelerate the growth
and success of entrepreneurial ventures through support that
can include physical space, coaching, shared common services
and networking connections, access to capital and additional training.
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The EYEMED E-Corner
Training aligned with the EntreComp Framework
The EYEMED Training Model
Pre-Incubation + E-Incubation + Post-Incubation
Bridging the gap between
preparing and doing!
Jordan / Palestine
Activities / Resources
in collaboration with a local entrepreneurship ecosystem
World Federation of Associations for Teacher Education
Association of Established Enterprises in the Industrial Area of Patras - SEVIPA
EYE –The E-Incubator for Young Entrepreneurs – constitutes an intervention directed primarily
toward training within the EntreComp: The Entrepreneurship Competence Framework. EYEMED –
The E-Incubator for Young Entrepreneurs in the Mediterranean Region – originated from EYE to
specifically address the European Neighbourhood Instrument Cross-Border Collaboration in the
Mediterranean Sea Basin (ENI CBCMed) call for cross-border collaboration. It rises to the challenge
of creating economic opportunities and jobs through training for a key set of competences needed
for personal development, social inclusion, active citizenship and employment while also preparing
an individual for becoming a successful entrepreneur.
The EYEMED training model focuses on trainees acquiring 21st Century skills that will sustain them
through their journey toward successful entrepreneurship.These same skills can also improve their
employability in a workforce prepared with capabilities for analytical problem-solving, innovation and
creativity, self-direction and initiative, flexibility and adaptability, critical thinking, and skills in being
able to communicate, work in teams and collaborate. EYEMED focuses on identifying, recruiting
and training beneficiary participants from our target group, referred to as trainees, in areas with
high unemployment and under-employment in the Mediterranean region identified as eligible for
ENI CBCMed funding.
EYEMED trainers are experienced in the same material being taught, and guide trainees through
the training modules, delivered via e-learning methodologies. They also liaison with local entrepre-
neurship ecosystems and business incubators for trainees to access services and resources that
help them start a business or grow an MSME.
Trajectory of Training Options
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The EYEMED Training Model
EYEMED was devised as a training model that promotes the acquisition of entrepreneurship competences
through distance learning coupled with activities and services within a localized entrepreneurial ecosystem. Our
project addresses the thematic objective of supporting NEETS, especially women and young entrepreneurs in acquiring
entrepreneurship competences and applying them to starting a business or gaining employment. Additionally, the project has
overlapping goals aligned with the Authority's priority of promoting socio-economic development and social cohesion through
cross-border collaboration that creates synergies amongst Mediterranean Sea Basin countries.
Evaluation of the EYEMED project allows us to assess how this type of coursework and its content, coupled with e-learning
mechanisms and complementary mentorship, will enable a person to become an entrepreneur and/or acquire the skills and
capacities needed for success in entrepreneurship or employability. EYEMED adheres to the systematic and objective
assessment of the project according to standards set forth by the Authority for the evaluation, monitoring and reviewing of
To maximize expansion of EYEMED upon completion of the ENI CBCMed project, partners are encouraged to identify
opportunities for mobility.......
- of staff and trainers to engage in professional development, develop pedagogical skills and foment relationships with
colleagues in other Programme Countries and form relationships with entrepreneurship ecosystems in both the EU and MPC;
- of trainees to apply acquired skills to a real-world application in an internship or work experience project in a partner country.
Contact your National Agency for information on Erasmus Plus or Youth mobility programming.
The EYEMED Community of Practice resides on our digital platform as a method of bringing together staff, faculty and others who
train and mentor our beneficiaries. This virtual community of practice allows its members to network and communicate on a regular
basis to share information and experiences to learn from each other and develop their professional capacities as trainers and mentors.
It is also the space EYEMED partners and organizers access to share information and communicate about the project's progress. The
EYEMED CoP contains a repository of informational resources that can help expand training options and stay abreast of publications,
research and other information pertinent to the work accomplished through EYEMED.
The EYEMED CoP also organizes the "train the trainer" workshops, where mentors are versed in the EntreComp curriculum and trained
on using distance learning methodologies. Our trainers will themselves be experienced in the competences to be acquired through a
trainee's participation in the project. Their roles are to guide trainees through the EntreComp coursework, delivered online through
e-learning methodologies during the E-Incubation phase of the project that lasts 18-24 months. EntreComp curriculum will be interspersed
with a practical application of learning on an idea trainees have for an entrepreneurial endeavor or for a job they hope to secure. Trainers
will also provide liaison with the local entrepreneurship ecosystem or business and startup incubator so that EYEMED trainees can access
services and resources as well as become involved in sponsored activities. These range from networking with other entrepreneurs and
mentors to creating a business plan and marketing, practicing elevator pitches, and gaining access to venture capital and other funding
resources. Trainers will also form partnerships with public and private service providers that specialize in back-to-work schemes and
other resources that help trainees secure gainful employment.
A Community of Practice for
Staff and Faculty
The European Commission characterized unemployed youth as a ‘lost generation’ — the possibility of entering into long-term
unemployment with no future prospect for a permanent occupation steadily increasing. Their unemployment rate is much higher
than that of other groups, a situation particularly acute for women in the Mediterranean countries in the Middle East and Northern
Africa. Full participation in adulthood for these youth is stalled for numerous reasons, from a limited supply of jobs to education
systems that fail to provide adequate levels of skills or the right kind of skills demanded by the 21st Century workforce. EYEMED
serves as a solution to these problems by helping our target group acquire skills and competences that enhances employability
and/or prepares them for a journey toward successful entrepreneurship.
Associates Pre- and Post-Incubation activities
Not in Education,
18-28 year-olds who
or belong to a NEET
(Not in Education,
Al-Balqa Applied University