RESEARCH & RESOURCES
Undertaking research and understanding the needs of Enterprise Trainers and Educators across Europe has been an important part of the DIGA project. The research and on-going evaluation findings underpin the DIGA Learning Programme.
THE FINDINGS ARE SHARED BELOW
Dr Briga Hynes from the University of Limerick and lead author of the DIGA research report highlights key messages from our research in DIGA briefing papers:
• Going Digital in the Small Firm – Is it all about technology!!!
• Adopting Digital – Digital Dilemma’s Encountered in the Entrepreneurial Context
• Bringing Digital from the Periphery to the Core of the Small Firm
Summary reports are available in Bulgarian, English, Lithuanian, Slovenian and Spanish:
• DIGA Research Summary Report – English
• DIGA Research Summary Report – Bulgarian
• DIGA Research Summary Report – Lithuanian
• DIGA Research Summary Report – Slovenian
• DIGA Research Summary Report – Spanish
The full report is available here:
Additional DIGA Project information papers produced include:
A comprehensive evaluation of DIGA learning programme has been undertaken with findings presented in:
OTHER USEFUL REPORTS & LINKS
DigComp 2.0: The Digital Competence Framework for Citizens Update Phase 1, 2016
EntreComp: The Entrepreneurship Competence Framework, 2016
European Guidelines and Quality Labels for new Curricula Fostering e-Leadership Skills
UK Digital Strategy – Executive Summary
Digital Insights Report, 2016 (Virgin Media)
2015 Global Digital IQ Survey: Ireland, 2015 (PWC)
OTHER COMPLEMENTARY EU PROJECTS
This project seeks to provide a one stop resource centre for entrepreneurship educators with the overall objective fostering an entrepreneurial environment that will boost the knowledge based on entrepreneurial learning and experience.
A Horizon 2020 co-financed EU project led by European Schoolnet between 2015 and 2017 bringing together a broad community of educational stakeholders and teachers from around Europe with the goal to build an I-LINC Repository which provides you an overview of organisations, programs, projects and tools in the field of digital skills that can boost your employability and entrepreneurship.
The project funded by EU Life-Long Learning program adapted and developed between 2013 and 2015 an innovative training package on entrepreneurship skills targeting unemployed and inactive young and women, which inspires and empowers to set up, run and grow your company and employability. The on-line training package provides three learning modules with user-friendly tools for (1) Opportunity Recognition (2) Financial Management and Investment Readiness and (3) Mentoring.
The SKILLS+ project, an ERASMUS+ project running in 2016-2017 aims to improve the competitiveness of micro-enterprises in ICT sector by introducing a soft skills development program, and to encourage sustainable development of these companies. The objectives of SKILLS+ include needs analysis; sharing best practices and methodologies for the development of soft skills; adaptation of existing development programs and materials and complementing them with new materials to create a new, tailored, multilingual program aimed at “people skills” development in micro-sized ICT firms; developing an e-learning platform; creation of local and international networking. The SKILLS+ e-learning platform focuses on the soft skills most needed by people in micro-companies of ICT sector and includes different types of learning resources and tools.
The Watify project aims to increase the number of people starting their own business, or digitising business by helping them to overcome the barriers traditionally preventing them. Watify is a non for profit initiative supported by the European Commission based on several sessions of serial entrepreneurs explaining how they have overcome their doubts while starting or digitising their own business. Why? Because everybody has those doubts before starting or digitising a business. Watify will help you to overcome those concerns.
WEgate, a gateway for women’s entrepreneurship in Europe launched in 2016 supported by the European Commission. The platform provides information about access to finance and business networks, where to get help in your region, tips, training and learning opportunities, mentoring programs, good practices, case studies, success stories and related news and events around Europe.
The 1st European Women Web-entrepreneurs Network financed by Horizon 2020 between 2015 and 2016 is the first community of business support organisations promoting female entrepreneurship in the digital sector. In the WeHubs community you have access to peer-support services, motivation, inspiration, networking opportunities, e-mentoring, European visibility, coaching in 17 countries around Europe and in Lebanon.
The Erasmus+ ACE project provides professional development activities and has developed Open education Resources (OERs) for adult educators to support them in promoting lifestyle-entrepreneurship as an approach to engaging disadvantaged learners with self-employment opportunities.
The E-Business Enterprise Learning for Women project was supported by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme between September 2011 and 2013 to develop learning resources to support women-led small businesses to be more innovative, competitive and increase their e-business activities, where e-business is the productive use of information and communication technologies to support business processes – internal and external.