IMPACT ACADEMY | An innovative Erasmus project in Higher Education to boost Impact Skills and transform entrepreneurial education

On December 14th, 2023, Consortium joined the virtual Kick-Off Meeting of the IMPACT ACADEMY project, a ground-breaking initiative in Higher Education co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission. This innovative project addresses a critical need in entrepreneurial education by focusing on the valorisation of impact skills and aims to empower small businesses to thrive in an ever-changing global landscape.

Over the past decades, the importance of impact skills in building corporate resilience during crises has become evident. However, existing tools have predominantly targeted large corporations, leaving a void for emerging businesses seeking to integrate social, environmental, and economic dimensions for success.

The question of how a new company can create a business plan that harmoniously incorporates these dimensions is at the core of the IMPACT ACADEMY's mission. The answer lies in the wider acquisition of Impact Skills, a crucial element often overlooked in European universities’ courses.

In this framework, 6 partners representing different education systems across Europe decided to build a Consortium to address these challanges:

    • Aix-Marseille Université, France
    • DEMOSTENE Centro Studi, Italy
    • Institut de Haute Formation aux Politiques Communautaires (IHF) asbl, Belgium
    • Adnan Menderes University (ADU), Turkey
    • The University of Tourism and Management Skopje (UTMS), North Macedonia
    • Internet Web Solutions (IWS), Spain

In two years of project’s implementation, partners will collaborate to innovate entrepreneurial education by:

    • Developing an Impact Economy Programme in Higher Education to create a new generation of young entrepreneurs capable of seizing opportunities while prioritizing societal well-being. Partners will produce, test and validate a dynamic course designed to facilitate the acquisition of Impact Skills through engaging multimedia content

    • Creating an Impact Skills Framework designed to equip entrepreneurs with the essential skills necessary for navigating the complex landscape of impact entrepreneurship

    • Developing the SDGs 2030 Assessment Tool for assessing how well an entrepreneurial idea aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The launch of the IMPACT ACADEMY project signals a transformative step towards a more inclusive and impactful entrepreneurial education landscape, ensuring that small businesses can thrive while contributing positively to society.

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