CSI: Civil Society Incubators (Vrnjačka Banja, 18th of March 2013 – 25th of March 2013)

The participating countries: BiH, Italy, Republic of Macedonia, Albania, Portugal, Germany, Spain, Latvia, Montenegro and Serbia.

“CSI: Civil Society Incubators” is a Training Course that embraces as main aim inspiring youth to develop mindsets and skills that are the foundations of an entrepreneurial culture. It will take place in the beginning of March in Serbia, a country “looking to its young entrepreneurial minds to shape a new nation as it marches toward economic recovery”. In fact, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor assumed that “there is evidence that young people are enthusiastic about starting businesses”. However, it is abundantly clear that young prospective entrepreneurs face numerous barriers.

So, we plan to support young people overcoming different obstacles and facilitate the acquisition of the entrepreneurship key competence and enhance its development within the participants’ communities, thus improving the role of young people in society and the economy.

Furthermore, thanks to the choice over non-formal education methods, we intend to actively involve the participants in the diverse working moments, sharing opinions, cooperating amongst themselves, learning from each other and ultimately conceiving project ideas together. Hence, we expect to generate an experience of great personal and professional growth with significant development of skills and competences that promote and facilitate the preparation and realization of projects and activities about youth entrepreneurship.

Likewise, we intend to work as an important platform for discovering and sharing best practices, thus applauding examples of successful enterprise and spreading an idea of a responsible entrepreneur as great contributor to social development through the creation of comic strips which will represent the main outcome of the course and will be distributed to a wide audience of young people throughout Europe.

 

Aims of the project:

The aim of the project is to inspire youth to develop mindsets and skills that are the foundations of an

entrepreneurial culture. Furthermore, we intend to:

  • Facilitate the acquisition of the entrepreneurship key competence and enhance its development within the participants’ communities, thus improving the role of young people in society and the economy
  • Share and applaud examples of successful enterprise and spread an idea of a responsible entrepreneur as great contributor to social development through the creation of comic strips
  • Identify the challenges and barriers affecting youth entrepreneurship, explore solutions to overcome them and encourage international cooperation in the youth field to develop the capabilities of European CSOs to foster entrepreneurship and work as Civil Society Incubators.

 

During the training these activities were realized: icebreaker dynamics, an association fair, working sessions on Entrepreneurship key competence, European Policies and Strategies for the promotion of Entrepreneurship, European Policies and Strategies for the promotion of Entrepreneurship, Sustainable and Responsible Business, The Barriers for Young Entrepreneurs, a presentation of the Youth in Action Programme, 4 working sessions on future projects, intercultural evening, open public spaces, final evaluations.
Non formal education was the methodology used; energizers icebreakers, confrontation, individual work, collage, brainstorming, presentation, group work, pair work, discussion, simulation game, case studies
This TC particularly promotes learning-by-experience, which means that participants had the opportunity to learn through practical work and through sharing experiences. Through project activities the participants had develop their skills, abilities and knowledge and thus contribute to social and personal development.

Outcomes of the project:

Daily Report