EYE - E-Incubator for Young Entrepreneurs

​​The EYENEET Solution

Cross-Border Collaboration

Facilitating the Acquisition of

Marketable Skills and Workplace Competences

*  Stakeholder Dialogue and Beneficiaries Virtual Exchanges

*  Training for Skills, Competences and a Growth Mindset

*  ​Community of Practice for Trainers and Mentors

*  Local Linkages for Pathways to ​Entrepreneurship, 

Gainful Employment or a Return to Formal Education

​and/or Vocational Training

EYENEET Defined... 

​​Youth Unemployment

By the Numbers...

Join the battle - bring the EYE model 

combat youth unemployment and foster entrepreneurship 

in your region!

Unemployed and



The following geographic areas that meet those
criteria were selected as bases for designing,
developing and implementing the EYENEET
Project: European Union Member Countries

of Spain (lead), Portugal, Greece, and Italy
Mediterranean Partner Countries (MPCs) of

Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia.


Send us an email: info@eyeincubator.com


                  A SPECIAL FOCUS IS

                PLACED ON RECRUITING







​​In reaching out to public, public/private and private service providers, we endeavor to identify, recruit and retain

NEETs to the EYENEET 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.

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. Rates of

unemployment for this group is much higher than that of other groups. 

​The world financial crisis of 2007-2008 created huge economic upheavals in the world’s economies and have lingering

effects in our target areas; it not only forced the loss of jobs but also changed the nature of work forever. Adverse effects

of the financial crisis include high rates of unemployment, causing a shift in the quantity and quality of labor output.

Many industries now face dual workforce problems: rapidly-changing skills requirements in an era of big data and

cloud computing, and constant employee churn that leaves a huge hole in the workforce. An inability to secure a

livelihood prevents unemployed youth from fulfilling manifold adult social roles and contributes to social upheavals

and instability. 

*  The situation is particularly acute for women in the Mediterranean countries of the Middle East and Northern Africa

(MENA), and in Europe as well. The European Commission states female creativity and entrepreneurial potential to

be an under-exploited source of economic growth and jobs that should be further developed. It is predicted that if

women’s labor participation were closer to male participation, over a trillion EUR would be added to GDP in

emerging economies — and women-led businesses are key to this opportunity. In view of the fact that women

constitute only 34% of EU self-employed and 30% of start-up entrepreneurs, with a much lower participation in

Mediterranean Partner Countries, a special focus will be placed on recruiting women to the project to attempt gender

equality in programming outcomes. 

* An increasing body of evidence showing that persons with disabilities experience worse socio-economic outcomes

and poverty than persons without disabilities

​It is said that in the Southern flanks of the EU, unemployment is an emergency but under-employment is a crisis. 

The underemployment situation of refugees serves as an additional barrier to social inclusion and self-reliance. 

A secondary yet very important group of beneficiaries include trainers and mentors who will become ​facilitators  

of learning to guide the NEET beneficiaries on pathways to entrepreneurship, employment or a return to formal 

education and/or vocational training.



NEETS and underemployed professionals ages


​with a special focus

on recruiting women


Special focus on recruiting women to the project.




Bringing together diverse

people to collaboratively

analyze and address 

complex problems that

transcend borders


* City Council of Alzira, Valencia

* Escola de Comercio de Lisboa (Lisbon School of Business and Commerce)

* Global Skills Network

Transnational Project Management, Barcelona


A Sign of the Times

In the Mediterranean Region...



EYE –The E-Incubator for Young Entrepreneurs – constitutes

an intervention directed primarily toward training targeted

populations for acquiring marketable skills. EYENEET rises

to the challenge of preparing individuals for the worlds of

entrepreneurship and the workforce by acquiring a growth

mindset, skills and key competences needed for enhancing

employability and growth toward a becoming a successful

entrepreneur. The project's foundational basis is built on

the European Commission's definition of what it means to

​be entrepreneurial - having thecapacity to act upon 

opportunities and ideas and transform them into financial, 

cultural or social value for others.

The EYENEET training model focuses on trainees acquiring

Knowledge Economy skills for the 21st Century and beyond 

that would sustain them through their journey toward gainful

employment and/or successful entrepreneurship to start a

business. These same skills can also improve their

employability in the 21st Century workforce prepared with

skills demanded by employers -  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. These will empower them to become problem-

solvers, able to look at situations from different perspectives.

They become skilled at defining a problem to consider its 

causes towards identifying, prioritizing and selecting

alternatives for its solution. The project attempts to define 

what entrepreneurship means to our beneficiaries in

attaining ​marketable skills.

Their foray into the world of entrepreneurship will support

them in developing valued products and services that fulfill

a need. Likewise, beneficiaries who want to get a job

become equipped with skills in demand by the 21st

Century workforce of the Knowledge Age. Those wanting to

return to formal education or vocational training will bring new

​skills for knowledge deepening and knowledge creation.

EYENEET mentors are experienced in the material being

taught, and guide trainees through the training modules,

delivered via e-learning methodologies. They also liaison

with local resources that will support beneficiaries on the

pathway to entrepreneurship, employment or a return to

formal education and/or vocational training

Trainers wanting to

provide a more

complete learning

path for their

beneficiaries, including

the Public Sector


Our Audiences... 


EYENEET - A Multi-Partner

Cross-Border Collaboration

EYENEET - Beneficiaries...

18-28 year-olds who

are unemployed,


or belong to a NEET

(Not in Education,

Employment or

Training) population.


Employment and



​​Convening stakeholders

and external audiences in dialogue around the issues

of youth

unemployment and

economic development.

 ​​EYENEET'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 and the

disabled 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

primary 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. Partners in

the EYENEET consortium seek 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 to acquire skills

toward becoming gainfully employed or an entrepreneur

for a business startup, which is an additional avenue for

creating jobs. 


Send Us A Note....

A.3.1: Provide young people,especially

those belonging to the NEETS, and women,

with marketable skils

A.3 Promotion of social

inclusion and the fight

against poverty


EYENEET was devised as a training model that promotes the  acquisition of

skills and competences through distance learning coupled with activities and

services provided by local Associate Partners to support beneficiaries' pathways

toward entrepreneurship, the job market, or a return to formal education and/or vocational

training. The project supports dialogue amongst stakeholders to advance knowledge about the

NEET population in our areas, and provides a venue for virtual exchanges amongst beneficiaries ofthe project. 

EYENEET is a collaboration of a consortium of representatives from the public sector, academia, business and training

entities, entrepreneurship ecosystems, idea centers and accelerators, employers and public/private agencies that

promote employment opportunities for young people. Our project addresses the thematic objective of supporting

NEETS, especially women and young people in acquiring marketable skills;  EYENEET also has overlapping goals

aligned with the Funding Authority's priority of promoting socio-economic development and social cohesion through

cross-border collaboration that creates synergies amongst Mediterranean Sea Basin countries. EYENEET adheres to

the systematic and objective assessment of the project according to standards set forth by the Funding Authority for

the evaluation, monitoring and reviewing of project activities  as well as for the dissemination of knowledge forthcoming

from the project's activities and research.

​Contact:  Sandra Lund-Diaz, M.Ed., Administration Coordinator, info@eyeincubator.com 

Not in Education,


or Training


EYENEET - Geography...

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