Helping young people into work

Enhancing entrepreneurial skills


Schools, welfare organizations and businesses work together to support young people from within entrepreneur hubs. In these hubs, young people work on a business pop-up that will improve their neighborhood.

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SPEED You UP is an Interreg 2 Seas project with 13 project partners from France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK. The project runs from December 2019 to September 2022.

The overall project objective is to decrease the number of (at-risk) NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training) by improving their employability opportunities, through a co-created entrepreneurship programme that enhances entrepreneurial skills.

The project will create entrepreneur hubs both in secondary schools with a high number of at-risk NEET students and in local communities with a high number of hard-to-reach NEETs. From within these hubs, young people develop and create pop-ups that answer to the specific needs of the deprived communities in which they live or go to school. The project intends to increase their entrepreneurial skills, as well as their self-respect and motivation.

By creating entrepreneur hubs in and outside schools, the approach will be the first tailor made, community driven, multi-stakeholder and needs-based approach for prevention of NEET's on such a large scale. Schools, businesses, and local stakeholders will work and coach together as the involvement of several stakeholders is crucial in designing the programme.

The pop-up teams will produce concrete solutions to local needs, and therefore, the youngsters will need to go and learn outside the classroom, interact, and build a network. They will set and achieve personal development goals as well as team goals. In doing so, the youngsters will benefit from higher involvement. We will be able to provide the (at-risk) NEET's with positive experiences and future proof entrepreneurial skills that will be especially useful in their labour market position.

Interreg Programme Priority: Technological and Social Innovation

Specific Objective: Social Innovation

Acronym: Students and NEET young people, Professionals and Educators work on Employability and entrepreneurial skills in the battle against school Dropout and Youth UnemPloyment.

BU Involvement

Bournemouth University Business School is a globally accredited business school that inspires people and organisations to grow in a responsible and empathetic way through a fusion of innovative education, research, and practice. We are passionate about our work, making sure the opportunities we create reflect strong core values and our commitment to social responsibility. Speed-YOU-Up aligns perfectly, enabling us to impact society and contribute to regional growth by encouraging young people to reach new heights, developing confidence as part of the journey.

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