Spreading the entrepreneurial culture in young people and to give them all-round tools.
The birth of new SMEs is essential for creating jobs and the training certainly contributes to create innovative start-ups and generate wealth. On behalf of Lazio Region, the Regional Agency on Innovation named Lazio Innova has launched the Start-upper School Academy Program to promote entrepreneurship and creativity in the schools of Lazio, in order to increase the knowledge and stimulate the propensity to do business among the students of the Secondary Higher Education Institutes. The Start-upper School Academy Program for the promotion of entrepreneurship in schools aims at stimulating the propensity to do business in III, IV and V classes of the secondary schools of Lazio. It consists of a number of actions designed in collaboration with the Fab Lab Lazio Regional network and with strategic partners associated with the Active Space ecosystem, which operate in the education sector, entrepreneurial training and are active in the dissemination actions of new technologies. In the various Competition, diverse Stakeholders are involved and selected on the base of the specializations of the actions. (e.g. Human Foundation social innovation, Social Car Mobility and Transport). Finally, the beneficiaries of this activity are the students of the Institutes of Higher Secondary Education.

Resources needed

Approximately 200.000 euros and it provides for the disbursement on all the Active Spaces of Lazio Innova. (9 Active spaces), financed by Lazio Region through Structural Funds.

Evidence of success

The benefits of this practice are shown by the creation of business ideas directly within the different school paths, giving students the opportunity to start developing their ideas to do business. High level of results obtained (Students interested 6221, Schools involved 182 and Interventions carried out 930) demonstrates the performance value of the Initiative.

Potential for learning or transfer

The interest of good practice is given by the fact that Start-upper School Academy is a valid tool to solve one of the main problems of the European Union, that of youth employment, through alternating work school paths. Moreover, during the various interregional meetings of the Urban M Project, partners carrying out similar activities and showing an interest to test the methodology of the Start Up School Academy within their institutional activity expressed the will to transfer our experience in their territory.

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Main institution
Lazio Region
Lazio, Italy (Italia)
Start Date
September 2013
End Date
September 2019


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