Valencia held the 2nd RISE Training: Validation

The second RISE training took place from the 26th to the 30th of November 2019 in Valencia (Spain).

At the first Social Entrepreneurship Training in Bremen (Germany) in June 2018, the participant students and teachers learned about human-centered design and social entrepreneurship basics. Now, this second training brought knowledge on idea validation to them.

During the first day, teachers and students gathered with trainers in order to review the main contents from the first training, to present testing methods and to decide on a strategy for the current training. They also had the chance to visit the Spanish school “Centro Integrado Público de Formación Profesional Catarroja”, where the local students and teachers showed the facilities and working methods to the other teachers and students from Germany and Slovenia.


On the second training day, the participants created a prototype to be tested by real people by using the techniques learned in the training. For that, they looked for the best strategy to find the right end-users. Also, they learned to gather feedback and to pick and record useful information.


During the third training day, teachers and students learned to create a business model for their solution. They defined their product or service value proposition, target users, key channels and key resources among others. All these by crafting a Business Model Canvas.


Thursday, the fourth day of the training, was focused on how to organize a testing event, and how can we present our product or service idea to the potential users by generating the most impact possible on them. For this, presentation techniques like pitching and storytelling were brought by the trainers to the participants. At the end of the day, they had the chance to present their own solutions to a public by performing an elevator pitch, for what they rehearsed in a hectic afternoon before they came to the stage.


The final training day had the main focus on iteration and lean startup techniques to guide the participants‘ solution in the right way. This means: trying, failing, trying again, improving, changing, and going several times through a similar loop that will allow us growing faster towards success.

Moreover, other initiatives from the innovation, startup and social entrepreneurship world like Climate-KIC visited us at the training venue, so that the participants can see real examples, successes, fails, and the environment where entrepreneurship takes the prominence of great stories.


Now, there is just one training left in order to complete the RISE puzzle. On the upcoming Regional Innovation Hubs Creation and Establishment Training, the participants will learn to bring entrepreneurial learning into their schools in a sustainable way.