(Santander International Entreprenuership Centre – CISE)

Designers of the ECOOPE initiative and project coordinators of the ECOOPE consortium and activities, in CISE (Santander International Entrepreneurship Center, part of Fundación UCEIF) we truly believe that in order to change society, entrepreneurs with initiative, creativity, talent and enthusiasm are fundamental. This is why we promote innovative programmes that include open methodologies and real-life experiences that stimulate our entrepreneur’s creativity. Our initiatives encourage this entrepreneurial culture and seek to support innovation in existing business models and the creation of start-ups, with the sole purpose of contributing to economic and social progress.

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The University of Cantabria is a modern public institution with an overall budget in 2016 of 105.97M€, whose main purpose is to contribute to social progress through teaching and scientific excellence. This allowed UC to confirm the “International Campus of Excellence” label in December 2014 with the highest score.


The UC consists of around 1,600 researchers and 13,200 students, four research institutes, and 160 R+D groups from 32 departments. UC is a highly competitive university in terms of research funding that achieved 28.452M€ to fund its R&D activities in 2015.


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Originally conceived in 1987, Valnalón is an agency of the regional government of Asturias (Spain). Valnalón team has the mandate to put into practice the ideas exposed in the Asturias Regional Action Plan for Entrepreneurship in two key areas: business start-up support and entrepreneurship education. Valnalón plays a brokering role bringing together decision-makers, practitioners, and other social agents such as employers and third sector organizations to design and implement a coherent portfolio of entrepreneurship education projects in Primary, Secondary and VET.


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The Co-operative College is an educational charity dedicated to the promotion of co-operative ideas, values and principles within co-operatives, communities and society. We provide learning and development to co-operatives, their employees and democratically elected bodies; support the development of new co-operatives, in some of the most deprived communities, both here in the UK and across the world; work with over 600 co-operative schools in England; and conduct co-operative research focusing primarily on co-operative education and international work.


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The European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises mission is to promote development and innovation for the field of cooperatives, social enterprises, and other nonprofit organizations engaged in the production of goods and services. Euricse focuses on all forms of private organizations and enterprises that pursue purposes other than profit, are characterized by participatory management models, and adopt a development approach that blends social and economic well being. Euricse combines research, training and consulting services to deepen the understanding of these organizations and their impact on economic and social development.


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Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) is a pioneering science university in Finland, bringing together the fields of science and business since 1969. Our international community is composed of approximately 6,000 students and experts engaged in scientific research and academic education. Clean energy and water, circular economy and sustainable business are the key questions of humankind to which LUT seeks solutions through technology and business.

We train the next generation of entrepreneurial problem-solvers who have a sense of responsible curiosity and who are willing and able to shape the business environment of tomorrow.


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With origins dating back to the eighteenth century, the University of Porto is currently one of the most prestigious Higher Education Institutions in Europe. It has close to 32000 students, 2400 teachers and researchers along with 1600 administrative staff within its 15 schools and 60 scientific research units, spread across three university campuses located in the city of Porto. UPorto participation in the Entrepreneurial Cooperative Experience (ECOOPE) involves people from two Faculties: the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Arts.


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Policy Experimentation and Evaluation Policy is an NGO that supports evidence-based policymaking in education reform and economic development. Our mission is to drive social change through policy experimentation and evaluation. We believe in a future where the public and private sectors work together to design policies that answer social needs.

PEEP empowers individuals, promoting a competence-based approach and institutional capacity building to develop innovative solutions.


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«Every European citizen should benefit from a dynamic and sustainable economy, characterised by a favourable entrepreneurial climate and respect for core European values like cultural diversity, social cohesion and protection of the environment. Working together at the European level allows us to make the best out of the opportunities and challenges arising from an increasingly digitalised global and rapidly changing world.


A vibrant economy will create ample job opportunities for a well-trained and well-skilled European workforce and offer to the consumer products and services that are safe, affordable, of good quality and produced under environmentally and socially sound conditions. DG GROW is well placed to foster opportunities and welfare for all, allowing citizens, entrepreneurs, small and large businesses as well as their employees to reap the full benefits from a large, integrated and globally competitive single market. Our aim is to help entrepreneurs with great business ideas obtain the necessary support to start up, grow and thrive. We want to also help them find opportunities for their innovative products and services in the global economy beyond the EU’s borders»


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