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Lenita Hietanen and Heikki Ruismäki

Despite numerous entrepreneurship education (EE) guidelines and efforts, the number of start-ups created by secondary vocational or higher education graduates has not increased significantly. This qualitative comparative study examines three previous EE development cases using Fayolle’s (2013) framework for a generic EE teaching model and aims to strengthen EE even at the lower educational levels. It asks what phase of the entrepreneurial path the students were able to achieve when they participated in the interventions and which elements of basic education can improve students’ awareness of their possible latent nascent entrepreneurship (LNE). The findings show that EE should be taken as a communal task at the institutional level by ensuring that both non-business contents as well as entrepreneurship contents and activities are studied. Enhancing interaction between nearby entrepreneurs and the institution could ensure that students gain adequate entrepreneurship knowledge despite the teachers’ possible lack of competence in EE.