Young, innovative and social – Social entrepreneurship as a career perspective for youth.
I SEE YOU final conference of the project and stakeholder event took place in Bratislava on October 5th, 2016. The conference, organized on the topic “Young, Innovative and Social – Social Entrepreneurship as a Career Perspective for Youth”, brought together over 50 people, including project partners, stakeholders and young social entrepreneurs from all over Europe.
During the conference, project’s partners presented and discussed with the participants the results of the 2-year-project, and they stressed the importance of social entrepreneurship for our society and for the current generation.
The conference also attracted some key speakers who delivered useful presentations for young people interested in entrepreneurship, but also for stakeholders interested in providing entrepreneurship education for youth, as well as a couple of young participants from Spain and Slovakia, sharing their experience in the project.
The conference ended with the I SEE YOU Certificate Award Ceremony for the participants in the online training on social entrepreneurship.
The I SEE YOU project started in 2014, aiming to develop the entrepreneurship skills and competences of unemployed young people (18-30 years old) from seven European countries, who have an interest in creating their own social business and have an affinity for technology; special consideration was given to the youth with minority or migrant background, as they are usually facing additional barriers in entering the labour market or the business environment.
Within the 2015-2016 project activities, the young people had access to entrepreneurship training and learn how to manage a real business through an innovative business simulation game. At the same time, the young people worked in international teams that allow them to establish their first business network. Moreover, they gained information about how to approach business angels and how to pitch their business plans to potential investors.
“I SEE YOU” is financed by the European Commission within the Erasmus+ program, and it is run by organizations with extensive experience in entrepreneurship education and providing support for young entrepreneurs. The project is coordinated by FH Joanneum, from Graz, Austria, which brought together other six organizations: Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (Spain), Programma Integra (Italy), Italian-Slovak Chamber of Commerce (Slovakia), WestBIC (Ireland), Totem Learning (UK), and Danis Foundation for Managerial Development (Romania).