Entrepreneurship has established its position as part of the national and international field of education over the years. The first international entrepreneurship courses were organised in the 1940s. In Finland, the traditions of entrepreneurship education date back to the 1980s, when it was highlighted as one of the objectives of vocational education and training: entrepreneurship was seen as a way of boosting economic growth. The role of entrepreneurship as part of education and training was strengthened in the 1990s, when entrepreneurship training became part of general education teaching programmes. This position was further strengthened in the 2000s, and Finnish higher education institutions also began to use various strategies and focus areas to develop a profile in the field of entrepreneurship. Research in entrepreneurship education has expanded and gained a strong foothold: the number of doctoral dissertations, national and international articles and other publications related to entrepreneurship education has increased considerably over the years.


The Scientific Association for Entrepreneurship Education was established in 2009. It originated in the Meetings of Entrepreneurship Education Researchers and Practitioners, which have since expanded into an annual event called the Entrepreneurship Education Conference. The first Meeting for Entrepreneurship Education Researchers and Practitioners was held in 2007. At that time, entrepreneurship education was already a significant theme at conferences in different disciplines, but there was no actual network of researchers and other actors in the field yet.

The board

Board members 2022-2023

Kirsi Peura


Riitta-Liisa Arpiainen

Tampere University of Applied Sciences

Kati Peltonen


Lenita Hietanen

University of Lapland

Elena Oikkonen

LUT University

Tarja Römer-Paakkanen

Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences

Anne Gustafsson- Pesonen

Vaasan yliopisto Executive Education Oy

Sanna Ilonen

University of Turku

Deputy Board Members 2022-2023

Minna Tunkkari-Eskelinen

Jyväskylän ammattikorkeakoulu

Maija Suonpää

Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences

Kaija Arhio

Centria ammattikorkeakoulu

Previous chairs:

Kati Peltonen


Lenita Hietanen


Ulla Hytti


Paula Kyrö


Association rules:


Association name and domicile

The name of the association is Yrittäjyyskasvatuksen tutkimusseura ry, Vetenskaplig samfundet för Företagsamhetsfostran r.f, Scientific Association for Entrepreneurship Education. The association is domiciled in Helsinki and it is active throughout the entire country.



The purpose of the Scientific Association for Entrepreneurship Education is to promote the multidisciplinary research and practice of entrepreneurship education. The association supports research on entrepreneurship education as well as national and international cooperation between researchers and authorities. The association also organises conferences and promotes and practices publishing activities in the field. Furthermore, the Scientific Association for Entrepreneurship Education can provide statements and further the achievement of its goals in different national and international communities and cooperative bodies.

In order to support association’s activity, it may receive financial support, donations and bequests.



The association accepts members who agree to the objectives of the association.

A person or community recognised by law that wants to support the association and its activities can be accepted as a support member.

Full members and support members are accepted by the board of the association.

A person can be invited to serve as an honourary chair or an honourary member of the association in a meeting if the person has remarkably enhanced and supported the association’s activities.


Resignation and termination of a membership

A member has the right to resign from the association by notifying the board of the association or the chairperson in writing or by announcing the resignation to be noted in the minutes of a meeting.

The board of the association can dismiss a member if they have failed to pay membership fees or otherwise failed to fulfil the duties they have committed to when joining the association, or if they have harmed the association by their actions or no longer fulfil the terms outlined in the rules of the association or the law.


Membership fees

The amount of the enrolment fee and the annual membership fee for full and support members will be decided separately for both groups in the annual general meeting. The honourary chairman and honourary members do not pay any membership fees.


The board

The issues of the association are handled by a board consisting of a chair, 3-5 members and 3-5 deputy members that are selected for the board at the annual general meeting.

The term of office is two years.

The board selects a vice chair from among its members as well as a secretary, a treasurer and other members needed within or outside the board.

The board will meet following an invitation issued by the chair or, if the chair is unable to participate, the vice chair. The board will meet as necessary or if required by at least half of the members.

The board is quorate when at least half of its members, including the chair or vice chair, are present. The votes will be decided by a majority of votes. In case of a tie, the chair will decide the result. In the case of an election, the result will be determined by drawing of lots.


Authority to sign on behalf of the association

The chair of the board, the vice chair or members designated by the board are individually authorised to sign on behalf of the association.


Financial period and audit

The association’s financial period is one calendar year. The financial statement, including the necessary documents and the board’s annual report, shall be submitted to the auditors no later than three weeks before the annual general meeting. The auditors shall submit their written report to the board no later than two weeks before the annual meeting.

Meetings of the association

The association’s annual general meeting shall be held yearly on the date set by board.

An extraordinary meeting shall be held when so decided by the general meeting or when the board sees a need for an extraordinary meeting, or when at least one-tenth (1/10) of members entitled to vote request it from the board in writing for a specifically announced matter. The meeting shall be held within 30 days of the request being presented to the board.

During the association’s meetings, each full member, honorary chairman and honorary member has one vote. A support member has the right to attend and the right to speak at the meeting.

The decision of the meeting shall, unless otherwise stipulated in the association’s rules, be the opinion that is supported by more than half of the votes cast. If there is a tie, the decisive vote will be the vote cast by the chair or, in the case of an election, it will be resolved by drawing of lots.


Convening of the association’s meetings

The board shall convene the association’s meetings no later than seven (7) days prior to the meeting. This shall be done by sending meeting notices by registered mail or via e-mail, or by releasing the notice in a newspaper which is published in the association’s place of domicile.


The annual general meeting

The association’s annual general meeting shall discuss the following matters:

1. Opening of the meeting
2. Election of the meeting’s chair, secretary, two examiners of the minutes and if needed, two vote counters
3. Declaration of a quorum and lawfulness of the meeting
4. Approval of the meeting’s agenda
5. Presentation the financial statement, annual report and auditors’ reports
6. Decision on confirmation of the financial statement and discharge of liability to the board and other accountable persons
7. Confirmation of the operating plan, revenue and expenditure estimates and the amounts of the enrolment fee and membership fee
8. Election of the board’s chair and other members
9. Election of one or two auditors and their deputy auditors
10. Other matters mentioned in the meeting notice

If a member of the association wants to take up a matter for discussion in the meeting, they shall inform the board in of this writing far enough in advance so that the matter can be included in the meeting notice.


Amendment of the rules and dissolving the association

A decision on amending the rules or dissolving the association shall be made in the association’s meeting with the support of at least three-quarters (3/4) of the votes cast. Amendment of the rules or dissolving of the association must be mentioned in the meeting notice.

In the case of dissolution, the association’s funds shall be used to promote the association’s aim in the manner stipulated in the meeting responsible for the dissolution. If the association is disbanded, the funds shall be used in the same way.


Scientific Association for Entrepreneurship Education