3.10 Promotion of entrepreneurship culture
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As stated in Axis no.2 "Employment and Entrepreneurship”, one of the main objectives of the Youth Strategy 2020 is to encourage entrepreneurship culture.
Among the national activities for the promotion of entrepreneurship culture it is worth mentioning the National Contest of Young Entrepreneurs (Certamen Nacional de Jóvenes Emprendedores). Organised by the Youth Institute, young entrepreneurs less than 35 years of age with entrepreneurial projects may participate.
In order to provide young people wishing to become entrepreneurs with information on funding, financial aid, advising as well as resources for training and employability, the Youth Institute has developed the application Emprendemos, an App made for digital pads and smartphones including a large quantity of audio-visual material.
To promote the entrepreneurship spirit of university students, the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade has developed the University Entrepreneurship Programme (Programa de Emprendimiento Universitario). It is aimed at university students and designed to bolster the idea of the set-up of a company as an attractive alternative to becoming an employee. Information on resources, procedures, or an analysis of entrepreneurial attitudes, among other things, is offered.
The Autonomous Regions also launch programmes and actions to promote entrepreneurship culture:
- Programa para el Fomento de la Cultura Emprendedora del Principado de Asturias (Program to promote entrepreneurship culture of the Principality of Asturias)
- Programas educativos para fomentar el emprendimiento y el autoempleo en todos los ciclos del sistema educativo de la Junta de Andalucía (Educational programs to promote entrepreneurship and self-employment in all levels of the educational system of the Regional Government of Andalusia)
The Action Plan for Youth employment (Plan de Choque por el Empleo Joven 2019-2021) currently in force specifically addresses entrepreneurship in one of its 6 axis. One of the objectives evoked within this axis is to encourage agreements between public entities depending on the Ministry of Labour and Social Economy and autonomous regions , such as The National Employment Public Service (SEPE) and self-employed and social economy organizations from a wide spectrum of activity sectors. The aim being to put in place activities that will strengthen professional networks and thus increase protection against the market instabilities.
Red Emprendia, a network of universities promoting innovation and entrepreneurship comprised of the most relevant universities from Ibero-America, offers different services and launches programmes and actions among which, the promotion of academic entrepreneurship, identifying and supporting technologically based business from the results of research developed within public Spanish universities, are prominent.