Article by Raffaele Vitulli – Project Manager at Materahub

In the century we are living in, it is vital to support professional growth through improved entrepreneurial skills. In order to transform intuitions into winning projects and, even more so, to achieve sustainable projects, it is not enough to have knowledge or technical skills, it is necessary to improve entrepreneurial skills. The role of Mentors is crucial to transfer both the right knowledge and skills to young talents or emerging entrepreneurs.

To support mentors in this role, we suggest taking inspiration from ENTRECOMP, the European Commission’s official framework detailing the 15 key entrepreneurial competences, to which all education and training systems should draw on to enhance formal and informal learning and career development pathways. In 2016, the European Commission proposed a New Skills Agenda, providing a review of the key competences required in the 21st century, to be introduced in the school and training curricula of all participating countries.

The EntreComp (Entrepreneurship Competences) is the reference framework for entrepreneurial competences, a bridge between the worlds of education and work, divided into 3 macro areas composed of 15 key competences, developing 442 learning outcomes. You can get to know EntreComp through the Entrecomp Europe project, Europe’s first community of EntreComp users – https://entrecompeurope.eu

Entrecomp’s 15 competences flower is an excellent support for mentors and trainers who want to help their mentees and trainees to improve entrepreneurial competences, increasing the levels of autonomy in the use of competences in the 3 different phases related to starting an entrepreneurial project:

STEP 1 – exploring the idea and opportunities
STEP 2 – resources needed to start the project
STEP 3 – actions needed for start-up

This table helps you to define the objectives of your training/coaching/mentoring programme in order to understand what level your mentees/learners are at and what results you want to achieve from your programmes.

Teachers & educators

in schools & universities

Facilitators, trainers, coaches, mentors in creative hubs, incubators, co-working spaces Advisors, business mentors, consultant organisations

in business accelerators & centres

Expert entrepreneurs in enterprise ecosystems
BASE INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED EXPERT
Within this level, you rely on the support of others (trainers, coaches, mentors) Within this level, you start acting autonomously and independently Within this level, you are ready to take on more responsibilities Within this level, you are ready to make choices and encourage innovation, transformation and growth of organisations
LEVEL 1 LEVEL 2 LEVEL 3 LEVEL 4 LEVEL 5 LEVEL 6 LEVEL 7 LEVEL 8
DISCOVER EXPLORE TEST DARE IMPROVE STRENGTHEN EXPAND TRANSFORM