RISE Multiplier Events & Conferences

GERMANY

The multiplier event in Germany was organized in a conference format. Its name: 1st Social and Entrepreneurship Impact Conference Bremen. The conference goal was to gather a big number of interested people as well as stakeholders and hey actors for the dissemination and valorization of the project. The event was a success, as many important actors in the city of Bremen were reached and 85 participants attended. Among others, Ekkehart Siering, counsellor at the Senator für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Häfen, und Karsten Nowak, director of the Chamber of Commerce at Bremen opened the conference with the initial words. Also politicians from different parties in Bremen (FDP and die Grünen) attended the conference.

 

The conference was thought as a place to gather, present current projects and exchange ideas. Projects like Digilab, Zeitschrift der Strasse, Creative HUB or Kopfverleih were presented at the conference. Also, the RISE project and its results, including its intellectual outputs generated were presented to the public. Also teachers and students participating in the project were present and had the chance to explain first hand their experience in the project and the learnings gathered. Moreover, the pauses in the program were designed as networking time, where the participants had the time to ask more questions about the RISE project and to exchange contacts for future collaborations in some cases.

Several round tables with “for social” topics were organized. At the end, several key actors in the entrepreneurship and social field discussed some questions gathered by the participants during the round tables. The similarity of the project goals in comparison to other projects gave the chance for future collaboration in the field, what will continue more intensively in the following months.

SLOVENIA

The Multiplier event in Slovenia took place on Maj 16th 2019 at Šolski center Kranj. They invited people from local companies, ministry, schools… 96 people attended the event.
Target groups were companies, local partners: municipality, BSC Kranj, Chamber of Commerce, Municipality, teachers, students, and other interested.

At the event we presented project RISE. The aim of the project was developing universal transversal skills and competences in social entrepreneurship projects in partner schools in Germany, Slovenia and Spain and solving social problems by establishing regional „Innovation Hubs“. They presented all the phases of the project. Particular emphasis was put on the development of the entrepreneurial idea developed by the students of VSŠ ŠC Kranj: Wheelchair driven by mind.

In the first part of the event Lidija Grmek Zupanc and Aljaž Rogelj presented their views on entrepreneurship. They underlined the importance of developing entrepreneurship competence. Development of entrepreneurship competence is of great importance at ŠC Kranj. With project RISE they gained a synergy and they tend to continue the work.

After the presentation of the RISE project, they continued with the discussion on the topic “Opportunities for collaboration between the school and local economy in the field of developing entrepreneurial ideas”. Companies are very interested to cooperate with ŠC Kranj in different ways: development of new products, finding solutions within the framework of social entrepreneurship, participation in various projects…

The highlight of the event was the “Fair of presentation of student’s final assignments and presentation of the results of the RISE project”. Visitors were able to see quality products and interesting entrepreneurial ideas.

SPAIN

The Spanish Multiplier event of the RISE project took place on June 23rd 2019 in the Florida Universitaria Auditorium, in which 92 people attended belonging to the following target groups: experts in entrepreurship and social issues, entrepreneurship freelance, teachers, students from Universities, unemployed people, mentors, business, public employment entities.

The Multiplier event was split into two main parts:
1. FIRST PART: EXPERTS
A table of experts in entrepreneurship was organized where each speaker presented their main experiences about social entrepreneurship and its relationship with the sector from which they come. In this sense, Maria Atienza, as Team Coach for LEINN (Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation) in Florida Universitaria, explained the way in which entrepreneurship is encouraged while students are trained in the university degree LEINN where students create a real company from the first year, work with customers and must bill and get benefits to pass the course, among other objectives.

Vicente Gasent, as a technician of IVACE (Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness) also presented the main activities and tools that from the Valencian government are being carried out to help entrepreneurship in the Valencian region.

Pere Pascual Soriano then took the floor focusing on the value of professional training as a driver of entrepreneurship, giving some keys to implement the culture of entrepreneurship in the educational system.

Finally, Rafael García Martínez explained the Red Innova LABORA – University of Valencia of innovators in Vocational Training for Employment, and also presented the Escola Valenciana d’Innovació, a programme to develop a concept of public innovation from the perspective of people.

Once all speakers finalised their presentations, the floor was then open to questions in which a very interested audience discussed about enprepreneurship and social impact.

After the questions, a coffee break was offered to all attendees, after which the second part of the event took place.

2. SECOND PART: RISE PROJECT
This second part of the event was exclusively focused on explaining the content of the RISE project.

Firstly Benjamín Monrabal, from Florida Universitaria, took the floor to introduce the RISE project to all attendants, the main activities and the Intellectual Outputs carried out. He explained the methodology applied in the project, as well as the role of the different partners and how the project was developed along the two years. The process of creation of regional innovation hubs in schools was explained, and finally Intellectual Outputs were shown to the audience.

Hugo Ruiz Fernández, from CIPFP Catarroja, then explained the methodologies used by the project’s teachers and students to learn about social entrepreneurship, as well as the process followed to carry out the project presented by their students and on which they have been working throughout the life of the project. Students from the project also participated sharing their experiences, learnings and anecdotes.

The event ended with a round of questions and debate among the attendees, mainly focused on the content of the different outputs of the project.

 

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