The aim of the SPEED-You-Up project is to tackle early school leaving and youth unemployment through a hands-on entrepreneurship approach.

Thirteen project partners have collaborated on pilots of entrepreneur hubs, where young people can work on their talents, skills and future together. In the entrepreneur hubs, they get entrepreneurship training and create a community-oriented pop-up business.

The entrepreneur hubs are installed in the community or from within schools.


Entrepeneur hubs in local communities

Through entrepeneur hubs in their local communities, young people with a distance to employment and education are given the opportunity to learn and work together and acquire entrepreneurial competencies and skills. The entrepreneurship approach serves to build self-confidence, self-efficacy, soft skills and an entrepreneurial attitude. Below are nine cases of entrepreneur hubs in communities from four different countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom). Go ahead and get inspired on how working on entrepreneurship can make a difference for young people and their community!


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The Amiens for Youth Hub is an accessible and attractive hub in the city centre where young people receive training in entrepreneurship combined with individual and group coaching.
For the Salengro centre, SPEED-You-UP is the first European project. SPEED-You-UP has clearly opened doors for young people and their families, but also for the centre itself that is now better connected with companies and businesses in the area.
This hub is situated in the city of Ghent, in the neighbourhood called 'New-Ghent'. The hub is run by Larf, a socio-cultural organisation for and from enterprising young people who want to take charge of their own lives.
The Future Skills Centre is a construction centre that offers a lot of different courses in construction. SPEED-You-UP allows young people in the Future Skills Centre to get acquainted with entrepreneurship as well.
O.666 is a meeting place for young people where they can experiment with different workshops and get acquainted with entrepreneurship.
Foundation Knowledge Centre PRO WORK promotes the career development of people with a (significant) distance to the labor market
Coaches from the city and the local youth centre work togehter to introduce local young people to entrepreneurship.
In The Workshop, young people from Surrey get acquainted with entrepreneurship and can start to build their own business or building their skills and confidence.
The Wattrelos Young Coopérative gives young people from Wattrelos the opportunity to experiment with entrepreneurship in a safe ànd fun environment.
The Young Devon hub is a place where young people in Plymouth can get acquainted with entrepreneurship. SYU offers an exciting and unique offer of a young person-centred approach. The Young Devon SYU hub puts the young person in control of decisions.

Entrepeneur hubs in schools

SPEED-You-UP offers a new approach to schools. More specifically, students get the opportunity to learn and work together on their own pop-up business. They work on a community-oriented business idea and can create a product or service that makes a real difference in the community. While working on this business, young people acquire skills and competencies and gain self-confidence.

In the overview below, concrete examples of entrepreneur hub pilots in schools will be given in the course of 2022. This is work in progress!

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A new future for meeting centre De 3 Gapers
This HUB is a collaboration between the city of Sint-Niklaas, the school CDO Newton, local entrepeneurs and the neighbourhood.
DPN has been working with an enthusiastic group from Humphry Davy School.
DPN delivered 5 Speed You UP sessions to 18 students at the Richard Lander School in Truro, Cornwall and trained 2 members of staff, who all really enjoyed the experience.
DUO² is een school voor deeltijds onderwijs. Als jongere combineer je er leren en werken tijdens je opleiding.
Since this school year, several classes from the second and third grades of the Ensor Institute of Ostend are joining forces.
Jong Ondernemen is delighted that Davinci College has started with SYU. Two beautiful companies with young people between the ages of 18 and 22. Nova College will start after the summer.
Devon Mind are excited to be delivering the SYU Hub at Lipson Co-operative Academy in Plymouth, to an enthusiastic group of 15 Year 10 pupils.
Le lycée Edouard Branly a rejoint le programme Speed ​​You Up en octobre 2020.
Le projet a été réalisé dans le cadre du chef-d'œuvre, en lien avec les classes d'éco-gestion.
Le lycée Romain Rolland a rejoint le projet Speed ​​You Up à la rentrée 2020.
Richtpunt is een school gespecialiseerd in de opleidingen 'economie en organisatie' en 'taal en cultuur'.
Farnborough 6th College has joined Speed You Programme in early January 2022.
In the Kings College Camberley there were over 7 sessions of the SYU training delivered during last academic year.
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