The project #empl-oi fostered social entrepreneurship in higher education not only through transnational cooperation (within part time placements, employers/staff exchange and cooperation, project activities) but also through intellectual outputs lead by participating organizations. #empl-oi focused on 4 principles outcomes, in order to provide innovative materials for students and academic staff:

  • Open online courses on social entrepreneurship

  • Guidelines for educators

  • Collaboration structure - University / Business

  • Policy recommendations

Open online course

The online course on social entrepreneurship aim to deepen the knowledge of entrepreneurial skills in the context of social entrepreneurship and raise awareness of its role in our society. The course will consist of a theoretical material on the concept of social entrepreneurship. It will also include practical samples of social entrepreneurship activities defined by the project partner universities and partner companies.


The guidelines aim to explore and propose tools to ensure that the communication and cooperation between employers and universities target changes in the way courses are designed and delivered. Labor market actors and universities will discuss how feedback could be used and implemented at the university level. Discussions between universities and companies must center on the most efficient methods that could be applied to gather feedback from the labor market actors, and how this feedback could be used to tackle the identified issues.

Collaboration structure

An innovative structure of university-business cooperation will be established among the project universities and representatives from the labor market.

Each partner university will be responsible for establishing a Local Hub. It consists on cooperation between a university, students and representatives of the labor market. The Local Hub will provide high quality and frequent entrepreneurial activities in order to reinforce the collaboration (workshops, presentation, guest lectures, creative tasks and challenges for students, entrepreneurial tasks and specific skill development trainings, part time placements)

Policy recommendations

The Policy Recommendations will be provided for a better understanding of actual skill mismatches, fostering smoother business cooperation with universities and increasing the relevance of education. The recommendations will summarize the way feedback could be gathered from employers, analyzed and eventually implemented by universities.