Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED Programme)

Capacity building seminar: Promoting entrepreneurial education in schools (Potsdam, Germany)




A capacity building activity organised within the framework of the
OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Development

3-6 November 2014, Potsdam, Germany




Entrepreneurial education in schools is not just about the motivations and skills needed to start-up a business or a new venture; it is also about nurturing the ability and willingness of individuals to create value for themselves, for others and for society. The idea of promoting entrepreneurship through education has spurred much enthusiasm in the last few decades, as it is expected to produce a wide range of outcomes including individual development; increased school engagement and performance; enhanced courage to contribute to societal development; and improved equality. Other expected outcomes include job creation, economic growth and increased societal resilience. Turning this into educational practice, is, however, posing significant challenges to teachers, school management and external partners, particularly in creating creative and open learning environments. Lack of time, learning materials and financial resources; teachers and parents’ fear of "commercialism"; rigid institutional frameworks; and difficulties in assessing learning outcomes of entrepreneurial education are some of the challenges practitioners have encountered when trying to infuse entrepreneurship into education.

The seminar contributed to the development of a tool  that should allow schools to (1) map the perceptions of learners, teachers, parents, and partner organisations as they relate to the entrepreneurial education opportunities (courses, extra-curricular work), resources and support available to teachers (e.g. time for preparation, training, teaching material), and the "outward looking school" (e.g., partnerships for challenge-based learning, new learning environments); and (2) employ this information for organisational development efforts.

All participants were expected to prepare a case study about entrepreneurial education in their school (primary, secondary education, VET), which was developed during and after the seminar for publication on Entrepreneurship360.

The seminar was organised within the framework of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Development and its outcomes will feed into Entrepreneurship360, a joint initiative of the OECD LEED Programme and the European Commission (DG EAC).



The 3.5-day seminar explored:


Entrepreneurial schools – resources, support environments, incentives, etc.


Building the entrepreneurial mindset through education – teaching strategies, course content, learning environments and learning outcome assessments to promote entrepreneurship in a broad sense (entrepreneurship as key transversal competence).


Building motivation, competences and skills to start-up and grow new ventures – teaching strategies, content, learning environments, intended learning outcomes and assessment practices to promote entrepreneurship in a narrow sense (focused on upper secondary education and VET).


Ecosystems of entrepreneurial schools – public policy frameworks, strategic partnerships, etc.

With informative case studies, expert contributions, interactive workshops, and the possibility to participate in an international peer-review team, the seminar was a valuable learning opportunity to share experiences and explore new approaches.



The seminar was targeted at teachers and school managers working in primary and secondary education providers and vocational educational and training colleges.

The seminar concluded on 6 November 2014 with a half-day workshop on findings and recommendations for public policy. This workshop was open to representatives of national, regional and local public policy institutions.






No participation fee was required. Scholarships were available to cover travel and accommodation costs for teachers/school managers to participate in the seminar.




Potsdam, Germany.



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