Welcome to YVI Project site!

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YVI Project (2010-14) was a national project for promoting entrepreneurship
education especially in vocational and academic teacher education in Finland.

YVI Project had four sub-targets:

  • developing pedagogy in entrepreneurship education
  • developing networks in entrepreneurship education
  • developing the virtual learning environment for entrepreneurship education
    (YVI learning environment, www.yvi.fi)
  • creating strategies and curricula for entrepreneurship education
  • an active, multidisciplinary research group was also gathered within the project's network (see the research mindmap).

Participants and funding

YVI has brought together over thirty partner organisations around Finland: universities, teacher training schools within universities, vocational teacher education units, research units, vocational colleges and universities of applied sciences, as well as several organisations in entrepreneurship, worklife and education.

YVI Project was coordinated by the University of Turku, Teacher Training School, and funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) with the Finnish National Board of Education as the financing authority. Additionally, the project receives funding from the Development Centre Opinkirjo, Turku Region Development Centre, the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, and Foundation for Economic Education.


International activities

  • Results and research produced in YVI Project have been presented in several seminars and conferences in different countries in Europe.
  • Many research articles have been published in international journals (see all research in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010).
  • Several researchers and specialists in entrepreneurship education have visited YVI Project's settings in Finland.
  • Reports have been produced by request for example for the needs of different research institutions.
  • Simone Baldassarri from the European Commission Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry was one of the main speakers in YVI Project seminar in Helsinki in autumn 2012 (read the presentation, see the video clip).


  • The whole YVI-project was nominated a Best Practice project by the the European Commission and the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2011.
  • The YVI-site (The Virtual Learning Environment for entrepreneurship education) is mentioned in the context of good practices in the European Commission's (EC) publication Building entrepreneurial mindsets and skills in the EU (2012, 47), and is showcased in EC:s publication Entrepreneurship Education: A Guide for Educators (2013).
  • Greeting from the President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö was published in YVI Project magazine in spring 2013.
  • On the left, logos of the funding and background organisations of YVI: the Finnish National Board of Education, Leverage from the EU 2017-13, European Union / European Social Fund, University of Turku, Turku Training School. The Finnish coat of arms represents a crowned lion. On the top left corner: YVI logo.

YVI links and files

Experiences and results 2010-14

YVI Learning environment (www.yvi.fi)

YVI Network contests

Network contest 2013 | Network 2014 contest

Research mindmap
Research site 20132012, 2011, 2010 (includes articles in English)

Simone Baldassarri's (European Commission) presentation in YVI seminar in 2012

President of Finland Sauli Niinistö's greeting in 2013

Entrepreneurship education in special education in Finland
Examples of entrepreneurship education in elementary schools in Finland


Contact information

Jaana Seikkula-Leino, Project manager, tel. +358 50 530 5902, jaana.seikkula-leino(at)utu.fi

If any questions, please call or send a message! We look forward to hearing from you.