Santander International Entrepreneurship Centre (CISE)

Designers of the ECOOPE initiative and project coordinators of the YOUCOOPE consortium and activities, in CISE we truly believe that in order to change society, entrepreneurs with initiative, creativity, talent and enthusiasm are fundamental. This is why we promote innovative programmes that include open methodologies and real-life experiences that stimulate our entrepreneur’s creativity.

Our initiatives encourage this entrepreneurial culture and seek to support innovation in existing business models and the creation of start-ups, with the sole purpose of contributing to economic and social progress.

University of Cantabria

The University of Cantabria is a modern public institution with an overall budget in 2019 of 112.7 M€, whose main purpose is to contribute to social progress through teaching and scientific excellence. This allowed UC to confirm the “International Campus of Excellence” label in December 2014 with the highest score.

The UC consists of around 1,232 researchers and 11,769 students, 4 research institutes and 170 R+D groups from 32 departments. UC is a highly competitive university in terms of research funding that attracted more than 20 M€ to fund its R&D activities in 2018. UC has an extensive experience in international research projects and programmes, obtaining funding in H2020 for around 15,2M€ in 56 projects.

Co-operative College

The Co-operative College is an educational charity dedicated to the promotion of co-operative ideas, values and principles within co-operatives, communities and society. We provide learning and development to co-operatives, their employees and democratically elected bodies; support the development of new co-operatives, in some of the most deprived communities, both here in the UK and across the world; work with over 600 co-operative schools in England; and conduct co-operative research focusing primarily on co-operative education and international work.


Originally conceived in 1987, Valnalón (Ciudad Industrial del Valle del Nalón) is an agency of the regional government of Asturias (Spain).

Valnalón team has the mandate to put into practice the ideas exposed in the Asturias Regional Action Plan for Entrepreneurship in two key areas: business start-up support and entrepreneurship education.

Valnalón plays a brokering role bringing together decision-makers, practitioners, and other social agents such as employers and third sector organizations to design and implement a coherent portfolio of entrepreneurship education projects in Primary, Secondary and VET.

Università degli Studi di Trento

The University of Trento is a young medium-sized University from the North-East of Italy which is constantly working to develop its international dimension, establishing and developing networks and partnerships that guarantee the opportunity of cooperation with regard to education, research and relations with industry. 

The University of Trento offers a wide range of excellent undergraduate, graduate and PhD programmes.

The Department of Economics (DEM) is actively involved in numerous fields of economic and management research and its members have intrinsically diverse interests – from the theoretical to the empirical, quantitative to experimental, and case study analysis to computer simulations.


The European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises mission is to promote development and innovation for the field of cooperatives, social enterprises, and other nonprofit organizations engaged in the production of goods and services. Euricse focuses on all forms of private organizations and enterprises that pursue purposes other than profit, are characterized by participatory management models, and adopt a development approach that blends social and economic well being. Euricse combines research, training and consulting services to deepen the understanding of these organizations and their impact on economic and social development.

Federazione Trentina della Cooperazione

The Federazione Trentina della Cooperazione (FTC) is a cooperative founded in 1895, based in Trento, northern Italy. FTC groups almost all the coop enterprises in the Trentino region (approx. 500), with 255.000 coop members (out of 500.000 inhabitants) and acts as political representative giving support to the movement as a whole. FTC has 156 staff with a wide range of knowledge who provide assistance, consulting, supervision and auditing services in all business sectors. FTC carries out also activities such as social reporting, international projects, research and studies re the implementation of new training methods, tools and programmes for promoting participatory and transversal skills. FTC is accredited by the competent public body for the validation of the cooperativistic skill of cooperative board members.

Bantani Education

Bantani Education is a non-profit organisation based in Belgium, bringing together extensive policy and practical experience and working collaboratively to drive entrepreneurial and creative learning.

Working to build collaboration and initiatives involving policy makers, educators, community and the private sector, Bantani looks to embed high quality entrepreneurial learning practice and policy into all types of formal and non-formal learning. Areas of particular interest include innovative assessment, educator development, connecting competences (entrepreneurship and social/civic) and overall visibility of relevant policy and practice in the field.

Bantani has supported both the development and implementation of EntreComp alongside the Joint Research Centre.

Fundación Escuela Andaluza de Economía Social

The Andalusian School for Social Economy (EAES) was created in 2002 by Andalusian Social Economy Organisations and the Andalusian Workers’ Cooperatives Federation (FAECTA) in order to promote training, research and development of Social Economy at regional, national and international level.

The School main lines of actions are: the Start-up of cooperative enterprises and social economy organisations; Training, strategic consulting and change management initiatives; and the Promotion of social economy at national and international level through a variety of initiatives: forums, study visits, local development projects, etc.

EAES operates in Spain, Latin America and Europe.

Awel Aman Tawe

Awel Aman Tawe (AAT) is a community energy charity which has been operating for 21 years. Their prime drivers are tackling climate change, job creation, retaining wealth in the Welsh economy and engaging people in energy. AAT has a strong reputation for delivery of education, arts and engagement, and have set up two coops: Awel Co-op (a 4.7MW community wind farm) and Egni Coop (developing rooftop solar on private and public buildings), with over 1,000 direct members and over 20,000 members via local community organisations and schools.

In 2019, Awel Aman Tawe was recognised as Environmental Organisation of the Year in the Social Enterprise UK Awards and Egni won Outstanding Renewable Energy Project in an award sponsored by Welsh Government.