The StartUP project is a 32 month project co-funded with support by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme. It was launched in January 2013 and will run until August 2015, implemented by seven partners from Italy, Spain, Austria, Malta and the UK.

The goal of StartUP is to enhance the professional skills of learners - teachers and students, trainers, trainees, informal and non-formal learners - using open and flexible, ICT-innovative and customized learning contents, with a specific focus on the development, extension and expansion of entrepreneurial skills.

The results of the StartUP team work is the OER Gateway - an on line platform for free training in 4 main areas of competencies (Management, Business, Self-development and Communication) using Open Educational Resources.

Open Educational Resources
Definition: OER are freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes. Although some people consider the use of an open file format to be an essential characteristic of OER, this is not a universally acknowledged requirement. The development and promotion of open educational resources is often motivated by a desire to curb the commodification of knowledge and provide an alternate or enhanced educational paradigm. [Wikipedia]
“‘Sense of initiative and entrepreneurship’ (…) refers to an individual’s ability to turn ideas into action. It includes creativity, innovation and risk-taking, as well as the ability to plan and manage projects in order to achieve objectives. This supports individuals, not only in their everyday lives at home and in society, but also in the workplace in being aware of the context of their work and being able to seize opportunities, and is a foundation for more specific skills and knowledge needed by those establishing or contributing to social or commercial activity. This should include awareness of ethical values and promote good governance.”

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