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StartNet Europe provides a European platform connecting initiatives on young people’s transition from education to employment from Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Romania, Spain and Switzerland. The aim is to exchange good practices, to learn how to overcome common challenges and to support collective goals and interests.

The StartNet Mission Statement outlines the network's overarching goals, specific objectives and shared values for a better transition of young people from education to work across Europe.

Among the initiatives engaging into the European dialogue next to StartNet Italy are Apprentis d’Auteuil from France, ARNO - Organization for Social Innovation from North Macedonia, Check your Chance from Switzerland, Jugendnetzwerke Arbeiterkammer Oberösterreich and KOST Tirol from Austria, Jump naar Werk from Belgium, Lanzaderas de Empleo from Fundaciòn Santa Maria del Real in Spain, the Lithuanian Practice Enterprise Network by Vilniaus kolegija/ UAS department «Simulith» and Association «LIBA», the initiative #progettiamocilfuturo from Aliseo - Liguria Region, Cometa and its Research Centre from Italy, Wissen am Werk / Znanje na Djelu (Knowledge at Work) from Croatia, the City of Mannheim’s education department and the educational initiative RuhrFutur from Germany as well as Scoala de Valori from Romania and the education department of the City of Turku in Finland.

How can we prevent young people from dropping out, empower them for the labour market and for life? StartNet and its partners from different European countries have gathered their inspiring practices for young people’s transition to work in a handy compilation. It contains 11 examples going from career guidance to vocational training and work-based learning. They illustrate the diversity of European partners, projects, and solutions aiming to support and empower young people on their path to employment by building bridges between stakeholders and across all sectors involved.

StartNet Europe:

  • connects and supports initiatives with a collective impact method all across Europe through network meetings, workshops, field visits or bilateral exchanges to further increase the quality of their projects, broaden their offers for young people, scale up their geographic scope or simply stay tuned about future labour market evolutions.
  • feeds first-hand experiences and expertise of innovative networks into European policy-making and programmes through hosting and engaging in conferences, round-tables and other advocacy activities.

StartNet Europe and StartNet Italy are two levels of the same project, mutually reinforcing each other. Both networks are based on the principles of collective impact.

StartNet Europe has its office at the Goethe-Institut Brüssel in Brussels.



How StartNet Europe works

Dialogue and Networking

StartNet Europe offers a forum for European initiatives working for the transition to work of young people to meet, connect, and exchange good practices.  


It empowers all its partners and young people themselves to create, reinforce and sustain regional partnerships for young people’s transition to work through its European network and a collective impact approach.

Thematic Expertise

It enables participating initiatives to face common challenges together. With experts and experienced partners numerous issues can be tackled: inclusion of NEET, outreach and participation of young people, monitoring and evaluation, multi-stakeholder cooperation, future of work, education and training.  

Visibility and Advocacy

It builds bridges between regional or local action and European policy-makers,  showcasing innovative projects, good practices and contributing to supportive policy frameworks and programmes (Youth Guarantee, ESF and Erasmus+) for young people’s transition to work of across Europe.