Forum on Education and Entrepreneurship

27. January 2014

“Bridging the gap between school, higher education and working life”

Many young Europeans, after investing years into education and personal development now find themselves frustrated after fruitless application procedures and uninspiring opportunities. The Forum on Entrepreneurship and Education on 1 March 2014 in Ronda, Spain, will focus on how to best bridge between education and working life, including the availability of opportunities for entrepreneurships. The debates will emphasize on concrete proposals and identify best practices to emulate elsewhere, with a particular focus on the role of the European Union and the opportunities of the internal market.

“Connecting entrepreneurship stakeholders with young leaders”

Europe’s South is facing a critical situation with growing unemployment rates and cramped business credits. Combined with a lack of innovation, a gap between education and the labour market, and an economy dependent on public subsidies, it is more than believable that a true entrepreneurial culture is largely absent. However education, technology, incubators, public policies, finances and culture can encourage the creation of start-ups.

The reality of entrepreneurship is as cultural as it is economic: it can be present, to a greater or lesser extent, in the collective mentality of a society. This may be the case of Ronda, a town representative of Europe’s South, which can be traced on a frontline that runs from the Algarve, all the way to Thessaloniki. Creating a platform for discussions between entrepreneur stakeholders and young leaders in and beyond the region, the forum opens two salient questions: Can an entrepreneurship culture be “created”? How can this be accomplished, and who is to carry out this mission?

“A unique setting to listen and debate”

The forum will be opened with a Europe@debate between FutureLab Europe members and Dr. Lieve Fransen, Director for Social Policies and Europe 2020 at the European Commission. FutureLab will be represented in the forum by: Estefanía Almenta López (Spain), Milan Balaban (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Marsida Bandili (Albania), Mael Baseilhac (France), Lukas Fucela (Slovakia), Melissa García Caballero (Spain), Daniel Gjokjeski (Macedonia), Germán Jiménez Montes (Spain), Stephan Kool (Netherlands), Marta Remacha (Spain), Sadik Tabar (Turkey), Kati Temonen (Finland), Laura Virué Escalera (Spain) and Irma Zulic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

The event is organized by the Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda (RMR) and FutureLab Europe. It is coordinated by Andréa Chabant Sánchez, Coordinator-General of the forum within the RMR and FutureLab member.

See the website of the event for more information: www.rondaforum.com