Inaugural conference

The first pan-European body dedicated to moving entrepreneurship education forward in Europe was officially launched with over 40 entrepreneurship experts (EE, research, private sector, national ministries, NGOs, etc) and 13 MEP Ambassadors on the 5th of May 2015 in Brussels.

The main objectives of the conference were directed towards the EE-HUB experts and wider audience:

  • EE-HUB experts: introduce them to the HUB, the purpose of the network, the work to be done and the expected outcomes from the network; create the HUB “culture” and get to know each other and start working in the 5 work streams.
  • Wider audience: raise awareness about the EE-HUB and the work the experts will do in the upcoming 3 years, as well as get support from EU policy makers and other stakeholders.

During the launch event, hosted by MEP Ambassador Eva Paunova, stakeholders debated the issues surrounding entrepreneurship education in Europe today.

A few outcomes from the discussion:

  • Interaction between business people and young people at school demystifies the working world. We need to increase the collaboration and the number and quality of touch points between education and business.
  • Our young people need permission to fail and encouragement to take risks.
  • Digital skills and entrepreneurship skills are entirely complementary; you cannot separate them.


The EE-HUB is a welcome progress in a very important field, a targeted action that can help us build the next generation of entrepreneurs, businessmen, inventors, problem-solvers, leaders. The generation that will move European economies and societies forward. Entrepreneurs and politicians are mutually interrelated. Entrepreneurs "make" and politicians "do". Particularly, we need to DO much in order to enable them to MAKE; to ensure that a real entrepreneurial culture is cultivated in Europe,” said MEP Ambassador Eva Paunova.

Henri Malosse called for Europe to reignite its commitment to entrepreneurship and the first step has to be to rethink how we educate our teachers.

In his closing remarks, Daniel Calleja Crespo called for the audience to spread the word, as “investing in entrepreneurship education is one of the highest return of investments Europe can make”.


  • May 5
    10:30 - 11:00
    Welcome & registrations for EE-HUB members
    11:00 - 14:00
    Start-up Workshop Part 1 for EE-HUB Members
    14:30 - 15:00
    Opening Remarks

    Host: Eva Paunova, Member of the European Parliament

    • Caroline Jenner, CEO JA-YE Europe
    • Bettine Gola, Advisor EU Affairs, EUROCHAMBRES
    • Efka Heder, Director, SEECEL
    15:00 - 16:00
    Round Table: Entrepreneurship Education | Transforming the way business partners with education
    • Steven De Meuleneire, VP Strategic Workforce Planning, Alcatel-Lucent
    • Liam Ryan, Managing Director SAP Labs Ireland
    • Monika Karamalakou-Lappa, Head of the Department for Career Guidance and Counselling, Ministry of Ministry of Culture, Education and Religious Affairs in Greece (Member of EE-HUB)
    • Friederike Soezen, Policy Advisor, Educational Policy, Entrepreneurship Education, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO)
    • Maria João Rodrigues, Member of the European Parliament (TBC)
    • Juergen Siebel, Head of International Business at Siemens Professional Education (Member of EE-HUB)

    Moderated by Jacki Davis

    16:00 - 16:30
    Coffee Break
    16:30 - 17:30
    Round Table: Entrepreneurship Education and Digital | critical for the new economy
    • Peter Cheese, CEO The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
    • Jo Deblaere, COO Accenture/CEO Europe, Accenture
    • Ariel Eckstein, Managing Director, LinkedIn EMEA
    • John Higgins, Director General DIGITALEUROPE
    • Karin Jaanson, Advisor, Ministry of Education and Research, Estonia (Member of EE-HUB)
    • Eva Paunova, Member of the European Parliament

    Moderated by Jacki Davis

    17:50 - 18:00

    Henri Malosse President European Economic and Social Committee

    18:00 - 18:15
    Launch Announcement & Keynote Speaker

    Daniel Calleja Crespo
    Director General DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

    18:15 - 20:00

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