Business Creativity

 

Context:
Business creativity is a project idea that was initiated due to the members of P.O.D. association that are specialized in social economy and entrepreneurship, this way identifying the concept of “up-cycling” like a viable business possibility for young people. The total lack and/or gaps in the youngsters’ education regarding entrepreneurship, doubled by the necessity of anchoring them in the contemporary reality have lead to this project.
In Spain is a necessity and based on the principles of free trade of the European Union, we consider it vital and essential the partnership with other European organization, that car add value to the project with the purpose of improving the intercultural dimension in planning and building of a business in an European country.

Objectives:

  • Developing entrepreneurship abilities among the young participants
  • Sharing ideas and experiences of young people from different European countries regarding entrepreneurship and recycling
  • Sharing good practices and ideas in starting a business
  • Understanding the role of creativity and using recycling materials for business and sustainable development
  • Developing cultural competences and working in a multi-cultural environment
  • Promoting tolerance and accepting of diversity
  • Increasing the level of English, both business related as informal

Period: 15.09.2014 – 01.04.2015

Location: Tenerife, Spain

Beneficiaries: 36 young people, with ages between 18 – 30 years old, unemployed, residence in one of the 6 country partner: Spain, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, and Poland, countries and/or regions that register a high rate of unemployment among young people.

Main activity:
Youth Exchange, 29.11.2014 – 7.12.2014, where the participants were involved in sessions using non-formal education methods that had 2 main dimensions: entrepreneurship and ecological/creative, through up-cycling. These youngsters learned the structure of a business plan, while will understanding the importance of using available and minimum resources, but also the added value that an ecological dimension can bring to an entrepreneurship initiative.

Photo Gallery:

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The young participants share their experience on the project’s blog

Dissemination activities:
Bulgaria
The dissemination made by the Bulgarian team involved several activities of different types, all inspired from the Business Creativity Youth Exchange in which they participated:
1. On the 29th of January 2015 in Pleven, with 12 youngsters from the local high-school, Yane and Danny organized their first teambuilding activity based on the games they experienced in Tenerife. This was a rehearsal for their next participation as trainers of young people in the Youth Information Consultative Centre, a project under the National Programme for Youth.

2. Danny organized, on the 7th of February 2015, a half a day workshop on entrepreneurship in the artistic world with 10 students from the National Academy of Theatre, Film and Arts from Sofia.

3. Involving the beneficiaries of a project on social inclusion of minority groups implemented in Levski, Marta and Mila organized on the 7th and 8th of February 2015, 2 workshops with 24 young people of Gypsy origin.
The first it was with a group of 12 youngsters with ages between 15-19, who go to school and are more open to the world and to the opportunities it provides. The topics were Creativity and Business Planning, but presented rather as an opportunity to plan their own lives. During the workshop they made 3-D glasses and boxes for donations.

Marta made a workshop on creativity and dance with 12 youngsters that already completed high school or that do not attend school or work.

4. The Bulgarian group shared on the 18th of February 2015 their experience in the project with the local community of Pleven, through a press conference.

Romania
In the Student’s House of Culture from Iasi, on the 19th of December 2014, the Cultural Association Moldavia got together with 30 representatives of 23 local NGOs from Iasi, to share their experience in the Business Creativity project. The 23 NGOs involved were: ASAFCI, ATI, LSETH, LSUTI, TERIS, LSI, ASCIS, LSE, LSGG, ASALT, ASV, Liga SIM, AEGEE, ASDMARK, AISEC, AS TCM, UNYouth, E-TEAM PSICHOLOGY, ASII, ASB, SSFI, SSS, SSM.
The first part of the meeting was about the project, Erasmus+ and the experience of the 5 participants and the group leaders during the exchange. Later they addressed the topic of entrepreneurship and together identified the benefits of being an entrepreneur, but also the advantages and opportunities of international youth projects. After the meeting every representative had the task to disseminate the projects details in his association.

Czech Republic
On Friday, 19th of December 2014, Lenka, the leader of the Czech group, organized an event in the local high school – Business Academy. They were about 50 students with ages between 15 and 18 years old. The presentation, of approx. 90 minutes, was divided in 2. In the first part she presented the NGO – Point o.s., the possibilities of Erasmus+ (youth exchanges, EVS etc.) and the project Business Creativity, showing some photos from the exchange.
The second part was about entrepreneurship. These students have a lot of knowledge about business so she just gave some additional information about how to start of business, focusing on unconventional ways to raise money for a start-up. With good business plan is possible to apply for grant in Czech Labor Office, to participate in some competitions or to try crowdfunding, which was totally new for them. Lenka also explained about the Program Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs.

Poland
The Polish group decided to conduct a workshop about Business Creativity with ESN – the Erasmus Student Network members of the local section from Wroclaw which took place on the 21st of March 2015. They made a presentation about various activities which were performed during the Business Creativity Project such as: up-cycling, Making a Business Plan, Public Performance etc.
Second module of the workshop was a discussion panel where they introduced the Reversed Brainstorming method in searching for the best alternative solutions for the problem ‘how to succeed in Business’. Participants were quite confused about that method because they had to find negative causes at first for example: being irresponsible; being lazy and so on, but when we turned reversed brainstorming into Brainstorming the results which we came up were quite interesting.

Greece
3 of the Greek participants, together with the group leader, organized Sunday, 29th of March 2015, in the central office of Praxis, in Serres, an event with approx. 15 young people, unemployment and students from the University of Serres and 2 parents. The main topic of the reunion was to share the experience of the participants in the youth exchange and to present the opportunities that the Erasmus+ offers. Also they made a short presentation about entrepreneurship and its advantages.

Spain
On 14th of March 2015, JuanMi, participant in the Business Creativity youth exchange and president of AEGEE Gran Canaria was invited to share from his experience with the participants of another Erasmus+ project, organized in Santa Brígida – Gran Canaria, called Young Entrepreneurs and Fundraising, with 25 people from Spain, United Kingdom, Greece, Bulgaria, and Portugal.
During this training course he facilitated a session where he explained to the participants what was done in Business Creativity – showing the blog and some photos from the activities cleared some doubts about Erasmus+ and about entrepreneurship in Spain, similar to what was done in La Orotava, in the event about entrepreneurship and Erasmus+ that was organized on the 6th of December 2014, during the exchange.

Visibility online of the project:

Spain

Greece

Poland

Czech Republic

Romania

Partners:
Občanské sdružení Point-podpora a sociální integrace

Asociatia Culturala Moldavia

Praxis

Stowarzyszenie Sztukater

ObzorArt Association

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