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 acquiring a mindset. skills and key
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 mentors 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.
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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 project activities.
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.
EYEMED - A Multi-Partner
A Sign of the Times
In the Mediterranean Region
and external audiences in dialogue around the issues
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EYEMED is a collaboration of a consortium of representatives from academic, business, public sector and training entities that include
Partners in the EU and Mediterranean Partner Countries, entrepreneurship ecosystems and public/private agencies that promote
employment opportunities amongst youth. Contact: Sandra Lund-Diaz, M.Ed., Administration Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
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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
It is said that in the Southern flanks of the EU, unemployment is an emergency but underemployment is a crisis. The European Commission characterized
unemployed youth as a ‘lost generation’ — the possibility of entering into long-term unemployment with no future or prospects 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
of 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, mindset and competences that enhance employability and/or prepares them for a journey toward successful
entrepreneurship. The project also provides learning environments conducive to effective learning, that requires not only the acquisition but also the active
application of knowledge, skills, and processes.
NEETS and underemployed professionals ages
with an interest in recruiting women
18-28 year-olds who
or belong to a NEET
(Not in Education,
to Combat Youth
A.3.1: Provide young people,especially those belonging
to the NEETS, and women, with marketable skills
A.3 Promotion of social inclusion and the
fight against poverty
The EYEMED Solution
Cross-Border Collaboration for
Distance Learning for Skills Training
Community of Practice for Trainers and Mentors
Local Linkages with Entrepreneurship Ecosystems
Stakeholder Dialogue through Multiplier Events
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The following geographic areas that meet those
criteria were selected as bases for designing,
developing and implementing the EYEMED
Entrepreneurship Training Model: European
Union Partner Countries of Portugal, Spain,
Italy and Greece / Mediterranean Partner
Countries (MPCs) of Jordan and Egypt, as
well as surrounding territories by virtue
of our Jordanian partners’ relationships
within the region’s university-based
The European Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan aims to ease the creation of new businesses and create more supportive environments for entrepreneurs
to thrive and grow. It is a blueprint for action to unleash Europe's entrepreneurial potential, removing existing obstacles and revolutionizing the culture of
entrepreneurship in the EU through the support of three Action Pillars:
1. Education to entrepreneurship: Supports a priority to get more people into work and to equip them with better skills
throughout their career paths and working lives.
2. Adequate business environment: Having a high quality regulatory framework that provides legal certainty and predictability
as a prerequisite for setting up a business.
3. Promotion of entrepreneurship towards young people and women, and supporting the development of transversal and
entrepreneurial skills to improve the employability of young people.
EYE –The E-Incubator for Young Entrepreneurs – constitutes an intervention directed primarily toward the E2020 Action Pillar 3, to reignite the culture of
entrepreneurship in Europe and nurture a new generation of entrepreneurs. Secondarily, it supports E2020 Action Pillar 1, to equip people with skills, in this
case entrepreneurial competences within the purview of entrepreneurship education to support a path toward entrepreneurial success. EYEMED – The
E-Incubator for Young Entrepreneurs in the Mediterranean Region – originated from EYE to specifically address the ENI CBCMed call for cross-border collaboration.
EYEMED In Practice
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