Meet No Neet


– Objectives: to foster social and economic growth by supporting young people in the development of ideas and help them in the realization of their entrepreneurial projects and in accessing the world of work.

– Methodology: the project’s methodology is based on active and cooperative learning, problem solving, learning by doing, informal education and peer education.

– Activities:

  • 4 workshops (meetings with Microsoft experts and social innovators on problem solving and project management)
  • 2 types of training course: e-learning (lessons and video tutorials on participatory design) and classroom attendance
  • Social network and website animation
  • Selection of 20 social innovation project ideas for the categories until 29 years old and participation in the International Competition Global Junior Challenge
  • 1 final event (Discovering Talents Fair): the official award of “Passaporto delle Competenze del XXI secolo” (21st Century Skills Passport)

– Results/outcomes:

The five winners of Discovering Talents Fair received an economic contribution as start-up money for the development of their project.

At the end of their educational path 25% of the targeted youth (i.e. 2,500) are able to get in touch with job-providers.

Dedicated webpage on

Communication and training materials.

– Impact:

At the end of the project, all participants are able to use ICT tools for project designing and project management. In that way, they have acquired competences and skills which are scalable and could be use in their professional life. The project has showed them “how to do” by translating abstract concepts into real projects: out of books to step into real life.


Area of intervention

– Country: Italy

– City/region (name, population, etc.): 10 Italian Regions


Organisation description

– Name: promoted by Fondazione Mondo Digitale, in collaboration with Microsoft (within the Microsoft YouthSpark Programme), and the schools of the country

– Type: FMD is a no profit organization; Microsoft is a private organization; schools are public organizations.


Contact data


Tel: +39 06/42014109



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Status description


Type of intervention

Pilot Project, School Project, Training Course


Other type of intervention


Intervention description


Target group

Description of the target group

Meet No Neet involves 10,000 young people aged between 16 and 24 who have been involved thanks to the participation in the project of 30 high schools.

How were the members of the group selected?

Participants are been selected by schools on the basis of their course of studies and motivation.



Training is provided with a flexible, modern approach using innovative instruments such as micro-modules, lessons and video tutorials both classroom attendance and e-learning, a teaching method based on the use of new technologies.

Student are formed to the use of software and Microsoft Technologies, to the introduction to Microsoft Citizenship and they are trained in social innovation through the “learning by doing” method.

“Learning by doing workshops” provides students with both theoretical knowledge and direct experience of social innovation interventions and projects.

Learning methodology also encompass experiential methodology: not only students learn theories but they are asked to put them into practice by developing real projects that have consequences in real life.


Innovative components

Give youngsters a chance to develop and structure their project idea to create a start-up prototype.



Human: 1 project manager; trainers; teachers; Microsoft experts

Material: webinar platform; Moodle platform; PCs; projectors and training materials



€ 114.165



The project is funded by Microsoft.



The project involved local networks of schools and Microsoft.



Interim and final report;

Dedicated webpage on

Communication and training materials.


Evaluation and swot analysis

– Strengths: capability to create path of self-entrepreneurship.

– Weakness: too many students for the available economic contribution for the development of their project.

– Opportunities: youngsters could start their own business or social venture thanks to the competencies acquired through the project.

– Threats: schools could not perceive the importance of the project in alternating school-work programs.



The platform guarantees the project sustainability of the project making all discussions, ideas and realizations available beyond the duration of Meet no Neet, representing a virtual space of exchange for all projects’ outputs and products. Thanks to the platform, students will be able to share contributing ideas and projects, starting, in doing so, a real “NO NEET” community. Also private companies and other institutional or private bodies involved in the project can be invited to join the “phyrtual” community.

Through it is also possible to launch crowdfunding initiatives, turning the youngsters into “creators” of their own future.


Impact and exploitation of the results

It has been possible to build hybrid alliances between schools, companies and nonprofit organizations. Young people are constantly exercising their problem solving ability and acquire the competences to work and live in the 21st century and to start up their own entrepreneurial activity or social venture.


Dissemination of results and public feedback

The project was promoted through a dedicated webpage on and through an integrated information and dissemination campaign. A national Press Office has been provided for all project duration and communication activities have been directed to press, radio, tv, online journalists and several local newspapers. Press kits, press releases, news and reportages have been realized for communication purpose.