Guide to Blockchain competencies

Our Guide for Blockchain Competencies was developed as a core part of the Erasmus+ project BEGIN. In it we outline the competencies and skills that SME owners, managers, and educators need to respectively integrate or educate about blockchain technology. The guide is divided into three main parts:

A thorough literature review focussing on the role of blockchain for start-ups and Higher Education, the skills and competencies needed to integrate blockchain, as well as the existence of andragogy to teach such skills/competencies.

A review of the blockchain policy context in the European Union, focussing on supranational policy, partner countries context, and general support and competencies mechanisms available for SMEs and high growth enterprises across the continent.

qualitative research report that outlines drivers, challenges, and key success factors in the implementation of the technology, as well as the competencies needed for entrepreneurs, SME managers and educators and suggested andrologies and learning environments.

Collection of success stories

The BEGIN collection of success stories gathers 12 good practice case studies and success stories of Blockchain entrepreneurs across the European Union and worldwide. In the first semester of 2021, the BEGIN consortium has interviewed entrepreneurs from digital and internet-based SMEs operating in different sectors.

The goal was to better understand their Blockchain entrepreneurial journey and inspire other entrepreneurs to learn more about the technology and integrate it into their day-to-day businesses.

In addition, the collection showcases how this has improved productivity, competitiveness, and growth. The interviews also spotlight technical and soft competencies that, according to the entrepreneurs, are necessary to successfully integrate Blockchain in a company.