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VET4Start-Up – ERASMUS +                                                       KA2 Strategic Partnership VET Project                                           

 Strong and well-performing Vocational and Educational Training (VET) can help deal with the challenge facing start-uppers in a competitive economy coming out of the global recession. This need was identified during several projects the partners were involved in: in the field of VET, where there is a lack of anticipation of skill requirements and formative routes for new entrepreneurs.

VET4Start-Up seeks to address the problem through a pan-European strategic partnership that will encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship.


The project aims to educate and train anyone interested in start-up thanks to an e-learning platform MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) and other useful and tailored materials and resources. VET4Start-UP will seek to improve the level of key competences and skills needed by new entrepreneurs through Vocational and Educational Training.

The project aims to:

  • Gather research and in-depth analysis from across Europe of successful GOOD PRACTICE examples about start-up activities;
  • Promote the development, testing and implementation of INNOVATIVE PRACTICES/ METHODOLOGIES in VET such as MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), interactive presentations, workshops, creative problem solving guide exercises and simulations;
  • Create the profile of an “EUROPEAN START-UP ADVISER” thanks to an intensive training and support based on the ECVET system and then recognised and validated by a specific Memorandum of Understanding;
  • Create a WEBSITE with a DATABASE OF MATERIALS TRANSLATED into all partners’ national languages to promote and encourage extensive exploitation of results;
  • Encourage entrepreneurship (including social entrepreneurship) creating an e-learning MOOC FOR START-UPPERS with animated videos in 3 modules, both practical and theoretical, about the mind-set and skills necessary, design of the new enterprise, risks, challenges and opportunities including acceleration and incubation methodologies, creative problem solving technology, testing and simulation games –the MOOC is going to be tested and improved during a 7-day intensive Joint Staff Training Event – an APP for mobile device is going to be released in order to ensure accessibility in an innovative way;
  • Disseminate the project outputs and results throughout Europe with a DATABASE OF MATERIALS AND EBOOKS available through open licences (ref. Creative Commons) and through a series of MULTIPLIER EVENTS organised in each partner’s country in order to present the project outputs in a 1-day seminar. 


More information

Start date: 1 September 2014
Duration: 24 months
Project website: Coming soon
Project number: 2014 -1-IT01-KA202-002487
Project code: CUP G36G14000530006

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‌This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission/National Agency cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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DINOS for Smart Cities – Digital Information, 
Navigation and Orientation  System 
  -  GNSS Living Lab Price winner at Media category 2010 &  Gold medal winner at  European Seal of e-Excellence 2011 (CEBIT- Hanover/Germany)                                                                             

he GNSS Living Lab Prize is part of the project GAINS (Galileo Advanced INnovation Services), which is funded under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

Four applications have made it to the finals in the media category, addressing topics such as leisure and tourism, as well as remote and game-based learning.

The three winners was announced along with the other special topic winners and 23 regional winners of the European Satellite Navigation Competition on 18 October at the Munich Residenz.

On the evening of the 18th October 2010, the best innovations and applications in satellite navigation were awarded in the Allerheiligenhofkirche of the Munich Residenz in what was already the seventh iteration of the European Satellite Navigation Competition. Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs Martin Zeil together with high-ranking representatives from the European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA), the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), ESNC industry partners T-Systems and NAVTEQ, and Forum SatNav MIT BW awarded special prizes in a series of specific topics. For the first time, this year's competition also included accolades for students and the three best applications suitable for testing and realisation at one of the 220 nodes of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL).  The Maltese initiative was awarded this first prize in the media category of the Living Lab Prize. 

  • The product which was named DINOS for Smart Cities is a hybrid system that collects and manages information and aids users travelling in cities by making use of localisation services. It incorporates an intelligent information system that automatically manages the status of the queues at tourist attractions, thus distributing visitors among different places of interest. The system is also able to determine which queue is moving most quickly. DINOS as a prototype demonstrates well that the augmented reality is a new technology and it melds real-life views with overlaid digital information as tags delivering a sensory experience that feels real. The handset’s GPS capability determines the exact location a person is standing, while an internal compass determines the direction the user is looking. The implementation and evaluation of this research were supported by Vodafone Malta Ltd.

  • Conduct a reality check trial with one of the awarded ideas

    The second stage of the GNSS Living Lab Prize now calls for interested Living Labs to submit proposals for launching pilots for the three winning ideas. The proposing Living Labs shall demonstrate that they can offer the best validation environment for a specific idea, including the most promising prospects for its potential adoption and commercial exploitation. GAINS will select three Living Labs that will have the opportunity to host a reality check trial with one of the winning ideas in their own Living Lab environment, along with the involvement of relevant user communities and potential future customers. Each of the three selected Living Labs will receive up to €20,000 in co-funding for their pilot activities

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