UINNO – Up-Skilling unemployed and low skilled workers in self-centred innovation approaches, to empower their self-employability potentials through start-ups and SMEs

Long-term unemployment and adults marginalization from the market remains a big concern in the European Union area. According to the latest Eurostat statistics (January 2018) approximately 17.931 million men and women were unemployed in the EU area.

Unemployment rates increased, in general, for all age groups and education levels however the most vulnerable groups in society (such as low-skilled workers, low-qualified individuals, migrants and not in employment, education nor training (NEETs)) often have the highest levels of long-term unemployment.

Great deal of efforts have been carried out during the last years in order to foster entrepreneurship and empower self-centered innovation approaches in the European countries. The Europe 2020 strategy highlights entrepreneurship and self-employment as keys for increased job creation and in expanding employment and social participation opportunities for people from vulnerable groups and for the long-term unemployed people. According to the European Commission more emphasis needs to be put on supporting business start-ups and social entrepreneurship by unemployed and people from vulnerable groups. However, several research studies have brought up that the existing approaches have not led to successful outcomes and a new entrepreneurship approach to support unemployed and people from vulnerable groups is considered fundamental.

UInno’s main objective is to boost self-employment and successful develop social entrepreneurship by long-term unemployed and people from vulnerable groups, through open and distributive approaches based on the pioneer approach of User-Centred Innovation practices in the digital era.

UInno satisfies a number of Erasmus Plus objectives such as:

  • Develop a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation among EU citizens
  • Open and innovative education, training and youth work, embedded in the digital era
  • Provide an innovative ICT–based educational practice that will motivate potential entrepreneurs to commit in active learning
  • Transparency and recognition of skills and qualifications to facilitate learning, employability and labor mobility
  • Combine higher levels of excellence and attractiveness of training and education with increased opportunities for all, including those at disadvantage

Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação – Portugal

Innovation Training Center – Spain
Institute of Entrepreneurship Development – Greece
BEST Institut für berufsbezogene Weiterbildung und Personaltraining GmbH
Camera di Commercio di Terni – Italia
Center for Social Innovation – Cyprus


Project information

Project website


EU programme

Erasmus+ KA2. Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices. Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training.

EU Contribution


09/2017 – 08/2019


– low skilled workers
– boosting employability
– self-centred innovation approaches
– start-ups and SMEs
– Online learning

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