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Stars4SD – Supporting youth entrepreneurs in meeting Sustainable Development Goals through a peer certification system

The Stars4SD programme aims to support youth entrepreneurship, innovation and active citizenship by promoting SDGs in practice.

Project Number: KA220-YOU-660415DC – KA220-YOU

Funded by: Erasmus+        Duration:    1/12/2021 – 1/12/2023


Although, both member states individually and the EU collectively has put in their priorities the support and enhancement of youth entrepreneurship, thousands of young entrepreneurs are still facing barriers and social exclusion, while in many cases their initiatives are unsuccessful due to lack of competences and knowledge that has led to poor design and structure of their businesses.

Young entrepreneurs and those interested in running a business face a number of barriers, such as lack of awareness of potential for entrepreneurship, limited education and training on how to nurture entrepreneurial attitudes and skills, and lack of prior knowledge on how to organise and sustain a successful entrepreneurship performance (UN Exploring Youth Entrepreneurship, 2020; Youth Solutions Report, 2018).

Despite the available guidance developed from the UN about SDGs, there is a lack of systematic training, collection of educational materials and good practices that can be used by entrepreneurs.


Stars4SD aims to strengthen youth entrepreneurship and promote youth active citizenship and innovation, by providing support for young entrepreneurs and trainers about the importance of five Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – namely provide quality education to youth entrepreneurs, gender equality, decent work and economic growth, reduced inequalities, and responsible consumption and production – by providing a methodology and guidance on how to meet these SDGs, and also by rewarding young entrepreneurs who take the necessary steps to meet the SDGs.


The Stars4SD project will provide an innovative coaching and training programme aiming to strengthen youth entrepreneurial skills, to educate young entrepreneurs regarding SDGs in relation to business, and to facilitate them so as to meet the sustainability criteria in their businesses. The Train the Trainer seminar and Guide will also educate coaches on how to approach young entrepreneurs so as to enforce sustainable goals in their businesses.

The training material will be available in five languages (English, Greek, Italian, German, French), with the aim to be used by multiple learning and training centers with programmes in entrepreneurship and sustainable development.

The participating organisations will create a methodology suggesting a new framework for business administration that introduces an award system, designed according to five SDGs that have been selected as the most relevant to youth entrepreneurship. The Star4SD methodologies will be developed to be utilized primarily by business organisations, chambers of commerce and business agencies in order to establish the Stars4SD award scheme in their markets. The methodologies can also be used by youth and environmental organisations supporting youth entrepreneurship in order to raise awareness of sustainable ways of giving incentives to new youth-led business implement sustainable ways of working.

The Stars4SD will establish a network of youth volunteers from all the project and other EU countries combining both entrepreneurship and sustainable development goals promotion. The Stars4SD network will attempt to bring together young entrepreneurs, youth entrepreneurship enthusiasts and youth workers in order to exchange ideas and provide peer review. Furthermore, it will attract local businesses, as well as sectoral agencies and business associations.

The innovative element in the Stars4SD EU network is that it will introduce direct voting procedures among the participants. Furthermore, the network and the stars attribution procedure will be hosted in an online platform where participants will be able to carry out a self-led and self-organised virtual competition that will determine the Youth Sustainability Entrepreneurs. The latter will provide incentives to participants since they will be able to showcase this distinction in their businesses and local networks.

The Stars4SD project will develop a Good Practice Guide in order to raise awareness of young entrepreneurs regarding effective, successful, environmentally and socially sustainable, replicable and adaptable ways and methods to incorporate in their schemes. The Guide will also fill in gaps regarding available information for policy making to promote innovative, sustainability oriented and holistic approaches to youth entrepreneurship.

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Project Partners

KMOP – Social Action and Innovation Centre
CARDET (Cyprus)
KMOP Policy Center (Belgium)
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CESIE  (Italy)
Amazing Youth  (Greece)
Südwind (Austria)

Future In Perspective Limited (Ireland)

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