European countries are struggling to find ways to tackle the demographic consequences of an ageing workforce. 

In response, some political strategies (Europe 2020 Strategy, European Year for Active Ageing) have been implemented which promote longer working lives and an increase in participation of older individuals in gainful employment.  In this context, Senior Entrepreneurship appears to have potential for economic prosperity in older age.
Adult Education would be a successful method for increasing the participation of older people in the labour market.

Nevertheless, older adults aged 55-64 are three times less likely to participate in learning than younger adults aged 25-34.

Effectively confronting the barriers to participation in Adult Education requires supporting senior learners with access to appropriate reskilling opportunities.  Empowering them with the appropriate tools, resources, and motivation, is one of the main aims of the Silver Up project.


The AIM of SILVER UP is to create digital solutions and innovative products to train senior mentors to support social innovation for senior entrepreneurs through adult education. 

Seniors will be supported in developing valuable mentoring skills to support new senior entrepreneurs or freelancers to develop more sustainable businesses through social innovation. 

The seniors who receive mentoring will gain clarity regarding their own personal expertise and potential for developing sustainable businesses.

To this purpose SILVER UP gathers 6 entities of experts in Adult Education and Senior Entrepreneurship, including Social Enterprises, Public Administration, Universities and companies from France, Spain, Ireland, Portugal, and Turkey.

project target group


Senior Mentors and Senior Entrepreneurs


The project will develop several tools in order to meet its objectives:

• A Competence Framework in Mentoring skills to support Social Innovation for Senior Entrepreneurs.

• An Online Open Learning Platform available on the project’s website with high-quality digital tools to upskill senior mentors in the Competence Framework

• And a Methodological Framework for the implementation of Mentoring programmes to support Social Innovation for Senior Entrepreneurs.


project expected results