Posted on 30. April 2014
When approached to gather our efforts in a joint reflection on the issues encompassed in the theme of the Forum, our group quickly came to the conclusion that bridging the gap between higher education and youth entrepreneurship revealed to present the broadest turf to address the core debate of the event. Counting two practitioners in the field of European educational policies, our group adopted a result-based approach and aimed at proposing concrete and pragmatic measures to discuss publicly. These proposals are in number of six:
(1) Based on concrete examples of successful national incubators for small businesses, we advocated the creation of European incubators with special grants for promising innovative projects.
(2) Just like doctoral colleges run throughout the world of academic cooperation, entrepreneurial seminars based on a similar approach are advocated in order to foster a network of young entrepreneurs and professional counseling over the starting years of a business.
(3) Partnerships between the educational sector, the business community and the creative industry. Inclusion for local businesses in university projects/work where students will have the opportunity to understand market needs and develop skills while working on projects requested and supported by the business sector in their studying environment.
(4) Delivery of practice firms in secondary and higher education. Introduction of external coaches to run practice firm schemes in universities. Such learning device is to be implemented cross-curriculum wise to increase entrepreneurship sensitiveness in all learning fields. A minimum in-class training is required for students, as well as debriefing of experience. The programme can be run on software.
(5) Peer to Peer transfer of experience focused on regions with high youth unemployment. Once analysis on opportunities and resources for establishment of SMEs are done in these regions, teams of young entrepreneurs will be identified and established to hold trainings for locally emerging entrepreneurs.
(6) Enhancing social innovation. Introduction with social entrepreneurship to:
– CSOs and mentorship for transformation leaders
– policy practitioners for receiving effective support in the process of legal recognition
– business sector by highlighting the opportunities for presenting long-term social transformation by supporting social enterprises
– banking sector for securing financial support and lower risk evaluation
This blog post is a follow-up to The Ronda Forum on Education and Entrepreneurship on March 1, 2014.