How DWAY works

Our work takes place within a framework in which entrepreneurship is considered a transversal competence applied to all spheres of life:

from nurturing personal development, to actively participating in society, to (re)entering the job market as an employee or as a self-employed person, and also to starting up ventures (cultural, social or commercial).

We consider entrepreneurship a way of being of the human person. On this broad definition of entrepreneurship  hinges on the creation of cultural, social or economic value. It thus embraces different types of entrepreneurship. It applies to individuals and groups, teams or organizations, and it refers to value creation in the private, public and third sectors and in any hybrid combination of them.

Entrepreneurship as a transversal competence.

Dway adopts diversified studies and approaches to its educational and experimental activity. Among these, the approach proposed by the Joint Research Center of the European Commission (EntreCom) to describe and guide entrepreneurial competence; a study that identifies the three competence areas that directly mirror entrepreneurship as the ability to turn ideas into action to generate value for someone other than oneself:


Main Competencies

Spotting opportunities; Creativity; Vision; Valuing ideas; Ethical and sustaina-ble thinking.


Main Competencies

Self-awareness and self-efficacy; Motivation and perseverance;  Mobilizing resources; Financial and economic literacy; Mobilizing others.


Main Competencies

Taking the initiative; Planning and management; Coping with uncertainty, ambiguity and risk; Working with others; Learning through experience.


The approach particulalrly focuses on the resources that can be personal (namely, self-awareness and self-efficacy, motivation and persever-ance), material (for instance, production means and financial resources) or non-material (for instance, specific knowledge, skills and attitudes).

The three competence areas are tightly intertwined: entrepreneurship as a competence stands above all three of these together.

Education for Entrepreneurship

We promote entrepreneurship education as a tool that can support people to be more entrepreneurial. This is about how to develop a general set of competences applicable in all walks of life, not simply about learning how to run a business. It includes all forms of learning, education and training which contribute to entrepreneurial spirit, competence and behaviour — with or without a commercial objective.

About the education and training sector, this means that efforts need to be taken to make sure that today’s students develop entrepreneurial skills and get the chance to have a ‘practical entrepreneurial experience’. This is relevant to all levels of education — from nursery right through to higher education.

Teachers and educators have a critical role, they are facilitators of learning and multipliers of ideas. They shape learning processes and can help students to achieve entrepreneurial learning outcomes — concrete knowledge, skills and attitudes. Teachers and educators also need the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to include entrepreneurship education and enable entrepreneurial learning. Every student, teacher and teacher should benefit from at least one experience of training on the key topics and methods related to entrepreneurial learning and entrepreneurship education during their career.

Dway partners with educational organizations and with all those stakeholders who believe in the benefits of a positive and diffused sense of initiative. To expose your proposal contact us at contact us at

Entrepreneurial Experience


The observation combined with the research on favorable conditions for entrepreneurship education, show that entrepreneurial teaching is based on significant entrepreneurial experience.

Entrepreneurship education is more than preparation on how to run a business. It is about how to develop the entrepreneurial attitudes, skills and knowledge which, in short, should enable a student to ‘turn ideas into action’.

Furthermore, la Entrepreneurial competences require active methods of engaging students to release their creativity and innovation and can be acquired or built only through hands-on, real life learning experiences.

Therefore, teachers cannot teach how to be entrepreneurial without themselves being entrepreneurial and the entrepreneurship education agenda should be promoted beyond teacher education institutions to businesses and the wider community. Teachers and schools will not be able to realise their ambitions without cooperation and partnerships with colleagues, businesses and other stakeholders.

Dway works with “expert communities” to enable development partner organizations to have a meaningful business experience and mark personal development. To expose your proposal contact us at contact us at

Where we are?

Germany: Grunaer Str 20,

10169 Dresden, DE

Italy: Via Vittorio Merighi 3,

37138 Verona, IT

phone +39 045 65 77 199

ENTREPRENEURSHIP, as a competence, APPLIES TO ALL SPHERES OF LIFE. It enables citizens to nurture their personal development, to actively contribute to social development, to enter the job market as employee or as self-employed, and to start-up or scale-up ventures which may have a cultural, social or commercial motive.


Whatever challenge, with a significant personal and social impact, can become a power entrepreneurial adventure to be faced together.

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