We promote the co-operative business model among young future entrepreneurs: our main goal is to improve the employability of European youth, especially in those countries with high rates of unemployment. The Entrepreneurial Cooperative Experience (ECOOPE) project is co-funded by the European Union and involves eight institutions from five different European countries: Santander International Entrepreneurship Centre (Centro Internacional Santander Emprendimiento, CISE) and the University of Cantabria, our leading partners, and Valnalón from Spain; Co-operative College from the United Kingdom; the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (Euricse) from Italy; Laappenranta University of Technology (Finland); and the Policy Experimentation and Evaluation Platfform (PEEP) and the University of Porto, from Portugal.
All of our partners are experts in entrepreneurship or in the co-operative business model. Both have shown their efficiency and resilience during the economical crisis and that’s why the Entrepreneurial Cooperative Experience project stresses the need to put them together, because they represent the best way to cut European youth unemployment rates down.
Introduce co-operativism as a valid business model for young entrepreneurs throughout Europe, so we can help to improve European youth unemployment rates.
Raise appreciation for co-operativism, a valid business model with proven effectiveness, to make it a primary option between young entrepreneurs around Europe.
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