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:
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