What is ENTER all about?

We are ENTER – Enterprise in Interface. Interface areas where conflict is a present threat are increasingly common across European cities and urban areas. The conflicts are generally religious, ethnic or politically motivated and result in an increase in economic and social disadvantage for the people living in these interface areas.

The ENTER Project has been designed to counteract some of these problems by pioneering a toolkit to contribute to greater social inclusion and cohesion. This innovative toolkit will focus on the role of enterprise education and support to transform individual and community wellbeing in these interface areas.

ENTER’s principal goal is to increase access to continuing education and training for individuals living in interface areas by:

Establish four “Enterprise in Interface Alliances”. These alliances will involve stakeholders from public, private and non-profit sectors working together to increase their understanding of the needs and opportunities for successful entrepreneurship in interface communities

Create, publish and promote the “Enterprise in Interface Toolkit” to encourage the creation of further Alliances across Europe.

Develop and publish a course curriculum and learning materials to train practitioners on emerging social enterprise models and the skills they need to effectively recruit and teach participants from vulnerable backgrounds.

Our aim is clear:

We aim to empower individuals living in interface areas by providing access to improved enterprise education in order create economic development. At present the dysfunctional markets in interface areas are underutilised due to high levels of social tension, division and distrust. ENTER aims to increase the understanding of the needs and opportunities for all parties involved in interface area. This will subsequently catalyse economic and social prosperity in these communities.

How do we aim to do this?

We will do so by HARNESSING THE KNOWLEDGE TRIANGLE between research, education and enterprise innovation. We place VET providers, the local enterprise agencies and business development centres at the heart of the triangle. They are directly responsible for providing enterprise education in these divided communities and we will develop a unique training course to help them develop new outreach strategies.

ENTER will benefit both individuals and communities by:

  • Providing practical professional training accessible in both classrooms and online formats
  • Increasing knowledge of emerging models of enterprise development thereby encouraging economic growth and building greater individual empowerment and community cohesion.
  • Enabling access to practical strategies and tools to help individuals in interface communities introduce new services.
  • Increasing availability of neutral spaces for positive cross-community interactions, which can increase mutual trust and reduce tensions between individuals and groups
  • Providing access to a dynamic network of like-minded organizations with whom you can share ideas and knowledge

Outputs (what we will create)

Establish four “Enterprise in Interface Alliances”. These alliances will involve stakeholders from public, private and non-profit sectors working together to increase their understanding of the needs and opportunities for successful entrepreneurship in interface communities

Toolkit

Create, publish and promote the “Enterprise in Interface Toolkit” to encourage the creation of further Alliances across Europe.

Blended Learning

Develop and publish a course curriculum and learning materials to train practitioners on emerging social enterprise models and the skills they need to effectively recruit and teach participants from vulnerable backgrounds.