MTA WORLD (Mondragon Team Academy). Creating a new generation of global young team-entrepreneurs through LEINN International Degree

MTA is an international community of young changemaker team-entrepreneurs who implement the LEINN international education model.

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  • Yes, I fulfill all of the eligibility criteria.

Initiative's representative name

Jose Maria Luzarraga

Initiative's representative date of birth

12 november 1977

Initiative’s representative gender

  • Man

Which eligible market are you based in?

  • Spain

Where are you making a difference?

SPAIN: 6 cities, CHINA: Shanghai, KOREA: Seoul, MEXICO: Queretaro & Puebla GERMANY: Berlin AFRICA...

Website or social media url(s)

TWITTER: @MondragonTA @teamLABS FACEBOOK: @MondragonTeamAcademy @MTAkorea2016 ISTAGRAM: @LEINNinternational #TravellingUniversity @LEINNvalencia @teamlabs_ LINKEDIN: @MondragonTeamAcademy @teamlabs @travellinguniversity

When was your organisation founded?

April / 2008

Focus areas

  • Helping people adapt to technologies of the future
  • Financial skills and capability
  • Reskilling and upskilling the workforce

Project Stage

  • Scaling (expanding impact to many new places or in many new ways) 

Yearly Budget: How much capital do you need to accomplish your proposed project?

  • $250k - $500k

Organisation Type

  • Non-profit / NGO
  • Hybrid
  • Educational Institute
  • We use a combination of entities.

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this to succeed

Back in 2009, the global financial crisis affected the Spanish youth radically, elevating youth unemployment to 60%. This generation was called by the media the lost generation. Inside Mondragon University, a small entrepreneurial team decided:. 1-We cannot accept that youth are disconnected from their passions and dreams and that education is a non positive process just to get a degree. WE BELIEVE YOUTH & EDUCATION SHOULD BE THE LIGHT OF SOCIETY. 2-We want to transform the existing education system to create a formal university degree to enable YOUTH TO FLOURISH, CONNECTING WITH THEIR ELEMENT, PASSIONS & DREAMS. 3- We need young people BECOMING TEAM-ENTREPRENEURS. ORDINARY ORDINARY PEOPLE DOING EXTRAORDINARY THINGS in TEAMS

2. The problem: What problem surrounding employability or financial capability are you helping to solve?

“Current educational system does not prepare our youth for the real world, neither does it allow for them to pursue their dreams & unfold their element (*) to full potential” People are educated as followers: unable to create and pursue their passions in their lives. J.M. Luzarraga Current university education results in a “lost generation”. (See McKinsey report on Higher education in Europe) .

3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

MTA proposes a re-evolution in education through TEAM-ENTREPRENEURSHIP & TEAM LEARNING BY CREATING. Through this new and official education model, youngsters transform into teampreneurs in order to create team companies to transform the world while getting their university degrees. To date, MTA world has profounfly transformed 1.474 teampreneurs; 1.012 youngsters from LEINN, 274 MINN Executive Intrapreneurs, and 188 MTA Team coaches in MTA Labs. Additionally +25.000 people have experiment the MTA model during the several projects and workshops conducted by MTA teampreneurs during the last 10 years. The Official European University Bachelors program (LEINN) for youngsters started in 2009 in MTA Irun with 27 LEINNers and this year in September 2019, 350 new students started in 9 MTA labs. In addition, as the change in education and organizations will be bottom up, however it will need the support of senior leaders. We train senior professionals (so far + 500) in team entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, to enable them to lead team-entrepeurship in their organization.

4. How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solving the problem?

We create a model to transform the system from within. In 2009 we created LEINN, the first Official European Bachelors degree in Leadership, Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Since then, this model has been implemented in 9 different cities in 3 continents (Europe, Asia, America) and we are starting in Africa (Kenya) where +2.000 youngsters are enrolled and transformed as team-entrepreneurs. In order to educate this new profile of young change makers, we train more than 400 educators all over the world in how to facilitate Team Entrepreneurship. We provide them with a new educator identity; Team Coaches, the people who take care of the learning process of the teams.

5. Employability: how is your organization or project teaching people to develop the skills that they need to survive in the future job market?

The entire MTA education model is based on "skills and competences" of the future. Its focus is on personal transformation becoming team-entrepreneurs and using the "team learning by creating" methodology, youngsters create real team companies. While doing so, a set of 21 learning & development process, MTA FALCON MODEL, serves as an evaluation model, but, in practise, a guide to success. We have 3 main learning modules: 1- CULTIVATING CHANGE MAKER TEAMPRENEURS: with 7 processes: Empathy & Diversity, Team Learning, Creativity & Innovation, Changemaking real experiments, Wellbeing & personal cultivation, Self learning and. Team leadership. 2- EQUIPPING TECHNICAL SKILLS: Legal & Financial performance, Digital Environments & exponential technologies, Global citizenship & learning journeys, and the Liberal arts spectrum. 3- STARTUP DEVELOPMENT: Startup creation, From Customer, creativity

5a. Please describe which future-oriented skills your organization is focused on fostering and how you have measured / plan to measure progress

EMPLOYABILITY RATES For the +750 graduates of LEINN 97% are employed: - 56% of LEINN alumni are entrepreneurs after 2 years of graduation (compared to 1–2% on regular university degrees), - 41% are working on companies as intrapreneurs FUTURE SKILLS WE TRAINED IN MTA-LEINN Empathy & diversity - Teampreneurs & Change Making - Servant leadership & - Leading Thoughts - Team & Community Learning - Global Citizens - Empathy & diversity - Self drive learning (learn to learn) - Wellbeing personal cultivation - Team learning by creating - Digital environments - Exponential Technology

6. Financial capability: how is your organization or project creating innovative solutions that arm people with ability to optimize their current and future financial health

The entire MTA education model, MTA FALCON MODEL is based on 3 main modules & 21 processes and a "balanced scorecard" system where "learning/ social impact & economic performance" takes place with a broad set of tools and KPIs are achieved. In the beginning are simple projects and lots of failing but by the time they graduated they achieved outstanding performances in their results. Team companies sales of +200.000 euros per team company of 12 youngsters (17-21 years old), they also access startups acceleration/incubation challenges & get invested by local, international and social funds.

6a. Please describe what aspect of financial capability your organization is focused on fostering and how you have measured / plan to measure progress.

MTA financial capability principles: - Being mainstream, transforming education from within - Everyone should be able to join MTA not matter their economical background or status - Every MTA Lab is a social entrepreneurial venture, is self sustainable & Self funded New MTA Lab running has initial investment of 150.000 euros, becoming self sustainable in 3th year and after 5 years annual turnover of 900.000 euros (2.5-5% net profit). In 2019-20 MTA-LEINN World total annual turnover is 8.300.000 euros while running 13 MTA labs in 3 continents, and most of the labs still investment phase

7. Marketplace: Who else is addressing the same problem? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

- Conventional university degrees in business (usually business administration) are not normally focused on training youngsters to become entrepreneurs. Gradually these degrees are evolving and incorporating some specialization in entrepreneurship. See BA & MBA programs in referent Universities such as: Stanford, Babson College, NEW SCHOOL or MIT, Minerva - There are multiple non oficial programs in entrepreneurship and innovation as well as multiple acceleration/incubation programs, for instance, SHIP2B, Bridge For Billions,... - Future skills training programs & formats: IRONHACK, Masterclas

8. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

To date, MTA world has transformed deeply 1.474 teampreneurs being 1.012 youngsters joining LEINN, 274 MINN Executive Intrapreneurs, and 188 MTA Team coaches in MTA Labs. Additionally +25.000 people have experiment MTA model during the several projects and workshops conducted by MTA teampreneurs during the last 10 years. LEINN European official university bachelor program for youngsters started in 2009 in MTA Irun with 27 LEINNers and this year in September 2019, 350 new students started in 9 MTA labs. The result is that 56% of LEINN alumni continue on entrepreneurial activities after two years of graduation (compared to 1–2% of students from regular university degrees), 41% are working on intrapreneurial or innovation related projects within existing organizations and 97% are employed. Startups from LEINN:,,,...

10. Team

AT the moment MTA world is formed by 153 team coaches working to run our 13 MTA labs worldwide. We have 102 full time employed and 51 employed part-time (60%). Every MTA lab is run usually by a team from 2-8 members, depending on the MTA lab phase. We replicate exactly the same leadership roles as we have in every MTA-LEINN team (Team, Financial, Customer & Communication). Every MTA lab runs autonomously but coordinated through a "team of teams" model & shared leading thoughts.

Help Us Support Diversity! Are you a member of an under-served , under-represented, or marginalized group in your country of residence? (yes/no) (this question is optional – if you choose to fill it out, the response will not be shared with your fellow contestants)

  • Race
  • Nationality
  • Ethnic group
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Political belief
  • Religion
  • Age
  • Socioeconomic class

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Ashoka page or contact

12. Skills Matching: HSBC Employees will have the opportunity to offer skilled-volunteering. If matched, which of the following skills would you be most interested in receiving?

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Monitoring Impact
  • Brand Development
  • IT Infrastructure/CRM
  • Web/Mobile Development

13. Financial Sustainability – funding breakdown: please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating an estimated percentage that comes from each source.

Individual donations & gifts 0%
Foundation or NGO grants 2%
Corporate contributions 2% (indirectly though Mondragon co-operative support)
Grants or contracts 5%
Earned income (education programs student fee) 91%. (Always assuming accessibility not matter their socio-economical status)

14. Financial Sustainability – please tell us more about how you plan to fund and scale your project over the next 12 months.

- Currently the MTA world lab is working with existing 13 MTA labs and new MTA labs opening in the following years in USA (Seattle, New York), Latam (Colombia,...), Asia (Japan, Singapore,...) & Africa (Kenya). We will be reaching 20 MTA labs operating in 4 continents and proving that it is possible to create a disruptive educational "formal university" degree n Leadership, Entrepreneruship & Innovation were youth flourished becoming teampreneurs creating change maker team companies. For this development some new labs will need some kick off economical support to launch it properly. Might be Impact investment or grants. - However we want to reach further assuring that every youngster may access to this opportunity, specially the poor regions worldwide. With current #COVID19 crises youth unemployment crisis will be TERRIBLE. Therefore we are developing OPEN PLATFORM & need Investment.

15. Growth Strategy: What are your main strategies for scaling your impact?

- Evolve from 13-20 MTA labs (university innovation campus) and to 100 in 10 years.
- Open massively the model to the world, specially the poorer youth worldwide. creating OPEN PLATFORM to assure every youngster, every local city and every university is able to start.
- We see MTA young startups need to leverage their impact running successful companies and employing more people.
- We just launched to address post-COVID19. Allowing youth to AWAKE with  global platform of solutions. Starting now with "health crises" later "unemployment need of massive Job creation".

18. Tell us about how collaborations and partnerships would enhance the scalability and impact of your project

In MTA world we have a principle: "We never do alone what we can create together". MTA world family is formed by a network of partners who decided to bring MTA "team learning by creating" magic to their cities and countries. In every city we play with local partners & institutions to serve together better and deeper youth & society transformation. Some key global partners are: Impact HUB, ASHOKA,.. 

Finally - Your Selfie Elevator Pitch: Share a 1-minute video that shares a quick summary of the problem you would like to solve, how you’ve chosen to solve it, and the impact you hope to see.

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IMPACT POTENTIAL: You use specific numbers and evidence to describe what your project has achieved so far (or plan to achieve in the future) – and you have a concrete plan for future impact. You have specific tools for measuring impact. - 100%

QUALITY OF INNOVATION: You have a great understanding of the problem, have researched existing solutions, and have developed unique, thoughtful solutions - 100%

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CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: You have a good plan on how to activate changemakers and empower them to innovate through your product or programming - 100%

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Attachments (3)


Detailed document on TEAM-ENTREPRENERSHIP strategy created by MTA-LEINN & lead by JM Luzarraga. This document was used in 2018 for the YIDAN PRIZE where Jose Mari Luzarraga & MTA was nominated.


Brief introduction on the social venture of Mondragon Team Academy co-created and lead by ASHOKA fellow Jose Mari Luzarraga. This document is a chapter on the "RIPPLING os social entrepreneurs spread innovation throughout the world" book by Beverly Spark Spanish edition published in 2016.


A presentation introducing MTA wolrd and LEINN international degree. A presentation done in Taiwan in December 2019 while receiving the NXT Educator award by HundrEd network for using a FIT+HUG competences & skills for future perspective: "Friendly by nature", "Innovative with diversity", "Technology-aware", "Human-centric approach", "Uniting multiple domains" and "Global view with local act".


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