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To make a self-assessment of innovative potential of Higher Education Institution.



The HEInnovate workshops are 1-day workshops for one or more higher education institutions. For each workshop, a group of people are brought together to work with HEInnovate. The users will have a chance to use the self-assessment tool and share experiences and ambitions. If time is limited these can be delivered as half-day workshops. There are three types of workshops set out in this guide, covering HEIs at different stages in their use of HEInnovate.

HEInnovate is a self-assessment tool for Higher Education Institutions who wish to explore their innovative potential. It guides you through a process of identification, prioritisation and action planning in eight key areas. HEInnovate also diagnoses areas of strengths and weaknesses, opens up discussion and debate on the entrepreneurial / innovative nature of your institution and it allows you to compare and contrast evolution over time. You can have instant access to your results, learning materials and a pool of experts.

The European Commission and the OECD have joined forces in the development of HEInnovate. It is free, confidential and open to anyone to use. HEInnovate can be used by all types of higher education institutions. This website offers more than just an interactive tool; it also contains case studies, user stories and supporting material to help you to design solutions tailored to your needs. 

Platform also provides a Training Package, where you can download and find everything you need to organise your very own HEInnovate workshop.


English, although The eight dimensions of innovation are explained in 24 languages: Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish,  Dutch,  English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish.


  • To give an idea for Highier Education Institutions with Initial Teacher Education how EE can be implemented as it shares practical recommendations.
  • To share good experience from different Europen countries, linked to particular Higier Education Institutions, as contact details of responsible people are provided, it is suitable for making new parnerships and for building a national or international network.


A hundred pages to read a full guide.




In 2012, DG Enterprise and Industry and DG Education and Culture initiated two transnational events targeting teachers’ preparation for entrepreneurship education. The events took place in May 2012 (Dublin, Ireland) and in September 2012 (Brdo, Slovenia). The aim of the events was to bring together actors involved in teacher education and training in entrepreneurship to present good practice, exchange ideas and learn from each other. About 170 delegates from more than 30 countries — European Member States as well as accession countries and partner countries — took part in the two events. Experts presented frameworks and guidelines; and practitioners from schools, teacher training institutions, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and training providers showcased their methods, programmes and projects. Innovative ideas were explored and discussed in workshops and group working sessions. Altogether, a wide variety of areas of action regarding the implementation of entrepreneurship education in teacher education was covered. This guide aims to showcase a selection of examples of inspiring practice featured through the two events to a wider audience. It highlights the enablers and the success factors of the examples, and provides contact details for more information. Building on this, it provides a selection of practical recommendations developed as a result of the events, hoping to inspire practitioners to take action and continue with their own activities to enable teachers for entrepreneurship education.


20 european union languages, including English, French, German, Spanish, Lihuanian, Swedish, Danish, and Duch.


After this training course, participants (teachers/university students) should be able to

  1. Reflect on and understand how creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurial competencies are put into practice in an educational context.
  2. Recognize opportunities in their lessons that are suitable for an entrepreneurial project, develop and evaluate an idea, and present it to their colleagues and/or other actors.
  3. Gather and make use of feedback on the idea from potential users and external actors.
  4. Implement the idea
  5. Evaluate the implementation process


It can be used for a few sessions or over a longer period of time.


Handbook (in German)


The handbook gives practical advice and provides teachers and trainers details about how such a training course could be designed.        

The concept is based on the following understandings:

Personal experience: Only when teachers have learned themselves – that is, experienced in their own learning processes – what self-directed, creative learning feels like, will they be able to create an entrepreneurial culture among their pupils.

Reflection: The participants become aware of which approaches they already successfully practice and how to strengthen them. They reflect on their role and pedagogical approach and how they view their pupils.

Motivation: Learner motivation and successful learning depend on flexible and innovative teaching styles and methods.

Doing something new: This concept of professional development does not include any rigid learning units but is instead based on the intrinsic desire of teachers to do something new and be innovative.

Role model: When teachers themselves use entrepreneurial competencies in their lessons, this motivates their pupils to acquire them as well. We call this way of teaching ‘entrepreneurial teaching’.


Learn how to transform themes from an exhibition into a teaching material. The purpose is to challenge the students to see opportunities and new ways of teaching by using innovative approaches.


16 lessons


Eksperimentarium (museum), every place and everything you can think of in order to develop a new teaching material.


Based on the visit at the Experimentarium or similar museum, you must choose one of the themes from the exhibition.

  1. Describe following exhibition and turn it into a teaching material for a chosen level of age (feel free to choose between all classes from 1st to 9th Grade)
  2. Describe your teaching material, which could be a task, game, treasure hunt, project etc. Explain how this material efforts entrepreneurial thinking, what parts of the entrepreneurial process is this material focusing on, what age group it is made for, what subjects could be implemented when using this material, how do you set goals,
    how will this material encourage the teaching differentiation and other didactical issues of interest. In other words you have to write a teacher’s guide to the material you have made!
  3. Make a lesson plan for specific subject(s) (choose what subject(s) you want to implement yourself). The teaching material you have made has to be implemented in the lesson plan. The lesson plan has to contain:
  • learning objects and goals (academic and/or social goals)
  • a specific key-stage-level
  • a specific theme
  • the teaching material you have made
  • description of the exercises
  • description of how the pupils are to work
  • description of how you would evaluate this lesson plan
  1. Explain how this lesson plan teaches entrepreneurial skills e.g. by making use of given theoretical background knowledge about Social Entrepreneurship
  2. Write 6-10 pages each group


Danish and english