Some of the things we do … to create change
Promoting the entrepreneurial mind-set
“Whether or not they go on to found businesses or social enterprises, young people who benefit from entrepreneurial learning, develop business knowledge and essential skills and attitudes including creativity, initiative, tenacity, teamwork, understanding of risk and a sense of responsibility. This is the entrepreneurial mind-set that helps entrepreneurs transform ideas into action and also significantly increases employability” (ENTREPRENEURSHIP 2020 ACTION PLAN, Reigniting the entrepreneurial spirit in Europe, European Commission, 2012)
This is ECECE’s core focus: to promote the entrepreneurial mind-set so that ideas can be transformed into action (i.e. so that change can take place), believing that entrepreneurship is a dimension that can be developed and enhanced in individuals through the activation of educational processes, guidance, training and counseling directly into the educational system (schools and universities) and in the system of work.’
Entrepreneurial education, training and coaching
ECECE is a partner of several secondary schools and universities around Europe to promote positive measures to spread entrepreneurship education, the entrepreneurial mind-set and entrepreneurial culture into more ‘traditional’ education systems which are normally reluctant towards this issue. Activities such as “Idea generation laboratories”, “The right & left brain business plan”, “Design thinking for innovation” are just few examples of the new entrepreneurial ‘concepts’ that can be applied to education.
Following its core mission, ECECE is also a partner of several vocational training agencies around Europe to define and implement strategies and single actions for the spreading of entrepreneurship to a wider audience of vocational trainees. With its holistic and design thinking approach, ECECE.encourages self-reliance in the participants so that they can achieve personal fulfillment and the realisation of their own business ideas and projects.
ECECE supports firms and institutions with the intent to improve their performance, primarily through the analysis of existing organizational problems and the development of plans for improvement.
Based on the extensive experience of its founding team and network of international experts, ECECE deals with strategic consultancy in the following fields:
- Business processes mapping and re-engineering
- Risks assessment and management
- Accountability and management review
- People management, HR development and change management
- Stakeholders engagement
Given its nature and structure, ECECE operates primarily with Third Sectors Operators helping organisations (both public and private) to better exploit their potential and take profit of innovative business approaches and the tools that are been used in large multi-national concerns.
The term ‘project management – PM’ is commonly used to define a set of activities designed to achieve the goals / objectives of a project. It includes the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to project activities in order to achieve the planned objectives.
ECECE has a great deal of experience in PM actions through its work within the ‘family’ of the European Territorial Cooperation Programmes, with the new EU Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport for 2014-20202 (ERASMUS +), with actions under the EuropeAid service and with the new EU Research & Innovation Programme (HORIZON 2020).
In all of these programmes, ECECE carries out typical PM activities starting from the genesis of the project idea to the reporting and auditing for the beneficiaries as well as the required follow-up and sustainability of the project outcomes and results.
The latest approach for most private business operators is ‘work by contract’, which means that each single ‘contract’ is considered as a stand-alone action with precise resources (time, skills and money) to be displayed for the achievement of a precise goal and concrete results. In this context,ECECE is particularly keen to apply PM concepts, approaches and tools directly to private organisations for their daily operations.
One of the most common definition of networking is the set of problems and / or rules that affects two or more entities when they require to exchange and share information and resources. Business networking is then a socio-economic business activity by which groups of like-minded businesspeople recognize, create, or act upon business opportunities.
Thanks to the heterogeneity of its founding team and network of international experts, ECECE can rely on and offer a long list of partner institutions / single professionals in several EU and non EU countries for different cooperation purposes.
In addition, ECECE actively supports its clients in international network creation and management.
ECECE directly operates in Austria, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Poland, Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Albania, Moldavia and Ukraine.