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    Education and financial access: key ingredients for entrepreneurship success

    Jared Penner, Manager of Global Engagement and Evaluation, CYFI

    In addition to its effect on confidence in European financial markets, the 2008 economic downturn also shook the already weak confidence Europe had in entrepreneurship. In 2010, only 28.1 % of Europeans thought it was feasible to start a business within the next 5 years (a figure which dropped from 31.4% in 2007). However, in 2014, 99% of European private enterprises were micro, small and medium-sized businesses (MSMEs). In the past five years, they have created around 85% of new jobs and provided two-thirds of the total private sector employment in the EU.

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    The importance of stakeholder relations in the Danish national strategy on entrepreneurship

    Christian Vintergaard, CEO The Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship – Young Enterprise

    The Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship works to ensure that the ability to be innovative becomes a fundamental element in all educations from primary school to PhD level. This is not an easy task, and to succeed with it, a large network of engaged stakeholders to facilitate and aid the process is necessary.

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    Entrepreneurship: delivering the soft skills that drive hard productivity gains

    Michael Mercieca, CEO Young Enterprise UK

    Both in the UK and across Europe, employment levels have slowly been climbing since the peak of the economic crash. The UK’s Office for National Statistics, which measures employment and unemployment rates, has the latter at 5.4% for adults aged 16-64 from June to August 2015, which compares favorably to the 2011 peak of 8.4%. Youth unemployment, despite being nearly triple the headline rate at 15.9%, has also fallen from its 2011 peak of 22.5%.

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    Three questions for Michaela Šojdrová

    Michaela ŠOJDROVÁ, MEP and rapporteur of the EP report: ‘Promoting youth entrepreneurship through education and training’

    On 8 September, the European Parliament adopted the Culture & Education Committee report ‘Promoting youth entrepreneurship through education and training’ calling for education systems to include aspects of entrepreneurship in the curricula at all levels and inviting the European Commission to support and coordinate this process, notably through the Erasmus+ Programme.

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    The importance of teachers as mentors and role models for students

    Juergen Siebel, Head of International Business, Siemens Professional Education

    The European Commission has said that every young person should have a practical entrepreneurial experience before they finish school. As entrepreneurship education is yet to be embedded in the national education strategy of each member nation we need to look at teachers as important crusaders for this important objective.

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