Europe is in great need of an entrepreneur‐driven innovation ecosystem (EDIE). In order to create a greater push of innovation within Europe, the EU needs to shift its core understanding of entrepreneurship away from a profit‐driven model and toward a model of dynamic and systemic intervention led by value‐seeking entrepreneurs as disruptive change agents. In this ecosystem, entrepreneurs convert ideas into innovations that break open and redefine entire spaces in the economy, enabling existing blue chip corporations to follow into these new and enlarged markets with greater growth expectations. Entrepreneurs as disruptive change agents are different from small business entrepreneurs because they have a different modus operandi: rather than seek merely profit, they actively seek to identify market failures and create value that establishes a new market and overturns existing networks and structures in large enterprises. This is the new breed of talents who goes to work, injecting fresh thinking and novel solutions across a variety of industries. They are not afraid to fail, as this helps them to learn and iterate quickly. Their view is that what disrupts in the short term creates growth and stability in the longer term – and, in the process, creates entirely new categories of economic activity and employment.

This project aims to draw the profile of the new breed of talents required by the EDIE, known as disruptive change agents. Collect best practices in educational systems around Europe that maybe be used to accelerate, stimulate and develop the future “disruptive change agents”, design a new set of training curricula and materials for educators in order to encourage and facilitate the evolution of the disruptive change agents from an early age.