A major outcome of the EnterMode project is a Virtual Community of Practice that allows to widen views on entrepreneurship education, share good practice and build a common stock of knowledge based on practical experience with entrepreneurship education.
According to Wenger “communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly“ (Wenger 2010). They build a common stock of knowledge, accumulate expertise in their domain, and develop their shared practice by interacting around problems, solutions, and insights. A Community of Practice (CoP) is a learning partnership among people who have learned to do something over time and have developed a shared practice, whereas practice is a historically developed way to do something (Wenger 2019).
The EnterMode Community of Practice intends to support the development, sharing and critical reflection of entrepreneurship practice, and to facilitate the knowledge flow between higher education and enterprises for organisation of internships and skills building. To this purpose the partnership provides a virtual space as well as tools for learning and collaboration between higher education teachers and companies’ trainers that are called to develop entrepreneurial skills to students, adopt the EnterMode model and organize students’ internships. The virtual community is available from DISCUSS - The European Platform for Communities of Practice, which offers a rich variety of open-source based tools that CoP members can use to create content, share knowledge and collaborate with each other.
The EnterMode Community of Practice is based on a knowledge flow cycle, defined along four dimensions: knowledge resources, knowledge sharing, knowledge management and knowledge transfer. Each stage is supported by a team of 14 facilitators, one from each partner organisation.
The Enter.Mode Community Growth Model foresees a set of lifecycle phases, each of which shows different characteristics for engagement.
The Enter.Mode project aims to take European entrepreneurship education a big step further by developing and testing a state-of-the-art model to entrepreneurship education, that invites different levels of learning. It will stimulate entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills of higher education teaching staff and company staff and develop an entrepreneurial mind-set and related skills to higher education students.