Fifth workshop in Glasgow (Scotland) – discussion of project results

The aim of the fifth workshop in Glasgow was to discuss and finalize the project results. One main result of the project is the DESERVE handbook which is a guidance for teachers to implement the DESERVE approach. The handbook describes the idea of the entrepreneurial mind-set and the ideas-into-action concept. Moreover, the different phases of the process – inspiration, ideation, production and business model – are explained in detail. For every phase the reader is informed on the respective aim and the conceptual background of the phase, possible intervention techniques and the necessary material. Moreover, the handbook includes tutorials for learners and teachers on sound design, graphic design, programming and game design. In order to make the handbook user-friendly it was decided to develop symbols for the handbook that guide the reader through the handbook easily.

In the workshop, the project partners discussed the details of the handbook structure and distributed outstanding tasks.

In their respective national teams, the project members reflected their workshop experiences in Tallinn from a teacher’s perspective. These reflections will also be part of the handbook.

Finally, the partners discussed the final report and the plans for the future.

The successful end of the project was celebrated with two delicious “DESERVE-cakes”.



Implementation – Fourth Workshop in Tallinn (Estonia)

The fourth workshop in Tallinn served the implementation and testing of the innovative learning approach , which was developed during the first three workshops of the project . Teachers and learners of all partner organisations took part in this workshop

Game Design Sound DesignBusiness Planning Group Picture

These pictures give you a brief insight into the process . Starting from first ideas and prototypes ( top left ) the graphics, sounds, code and the game concept were developed (top right) . The final step was to design a business plan ( below left). After completing the intensive process all were exhausted but satisfied (bottom right) .

Third Workshop in Timisoara (Romania)

For the third workshop (15th – 17th of October 2014) the partners met in Timisoara in Romania. Here, the partners got intensive insights into entrepreneurship education in Romania – e.g. by visiting a fair of different student companies and by attending entrepreneurship education lessons for young and older students. 


During the workshop the partners tested an approach for entrepreneurship education which is based on the Design Thinking Process. This process is a design and development process which focuses on a human-centered approach (e.g. by deeply analyzing people’s situations in order to be able to develop solutions that really fit people’s needs). Therefore, the process puts emphasis on using the various perspectives from the different team members. Having collected a bunch of ideas, certain ideas are concretized and different prototypes are built. Team members pass through the phases of the Design Thinking Process in iterative loops in order to constantly improve and verify the ideas.

In certain phases of the workshop the partners took over the roles of employees of a game design company which develops a smartphone app for tourists who want to discover Timisoara. The employees were part of the sound design, game development, graphic design and task design department. The employees used the Design Thinking Process for developing the smartphone app. During the workshop, a prototype and a first version of the app were developed. The partners constantly reflected on how to transfer this approach to students.

The workshop was held in a very good atmosphere. The partners experienced an incredible hospitality and were welcomed warmly by the Romanian hosts. The partners used the workshop to discuss different entrepreneurship education processes and to increase and deepen the contacts to the other partners.

Second Workshop in Kópavogur, Reykyavik (Iceland)


The second workshop in Iceland (from June 25-27, 2014) was marked by a comparative and scheduling perspective. First, we focused on portraying the profiles of different entrepreneurship approaches as well as on presenting a comparison of entrepreneurship approaches in the partners’ countries. Based on this comparison, we could further develop our mutual understanding of entrepreneurship education. A criteria-based grid was developed in order to be able to recognise dominant patterns as well as to make particularities visible. The following criteria were used: the respective understanding of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education, the strategic orientation and the degree of institutionalisation of entrepreneurship education, curricular structure, deployed resources, the educational approach, types of evaluation, and expected developments and challenges.
The second part of the workshop was using this basic understanding to develop another conceptual approach. Aiming at the facilitation of an entrepreneurial mind-set, we discussed the challenges that may arise during the process of development and promotion of attitudes towards entrepreneurship.

In order to develop our educational approach within the Deserve project, we discussed the potentials and limits of game-based learning, experience-based learning and design-based learning, as well as a proposal connecting those principles. The workshop ended with an outline of the next workshop in Romania, in which the educational approach will be exemplarily tested with the project partners before conducting final tests with students of the partners’ countries in Estonia.
Thanks to the excellent organisation and the very supportive teacher team from Reykjavik, we were able to discuss and to work really productively. The support of the workshop and the cultural and culinary insights into Icelandic characteristics were impressive and will surely be kept in good memory by all project partners.

First Workshop in Vienna (Austria)

workshop 1The partners met for the first time in person in Vienna at the ibc Hetzendorf. In an informative tour of the school the Austrian hosts explained their approach to entrepreneurship education.

Entrepreneurship education approaches in the different countries was the topic discussed in the intense 2-day workshop. The exchange of information and impressions led to a better understanding and first ideas for making improvements.

The workshop was held in a good atmosphere, thanks in part to the wonderful cake and “Mozartkugeln” provided by the Austrian hosts. The partners held long discussions and grew closer together as a consortium.

Project launch

online-meetingOn October 3rd the project partners held a project launch meeting online. The meeting helped the consortium learn about each organisation involved in the project. The project partners also discussed organisational issues of the project structure and planned the work that each partner needed to get done in preparation for the first in-person meeting in January 2014. Overall the participants created a good working atmosphere despite a few technical problems.

Welcome to DESERVE

In DESERVE (Developing Entrepreneurial Spirit through Experience and Reflection in Vocational Education) partners from 6 European countries examine approaches to creating entrepreneurial minds early on in school curricula and developing a European approach that brings a European dimension to entrepreneurship. The project was launched in October 2013, and it will run for 2 years.