New learning approaches are needed in the vocational education, in which the students receive a tailored made entrepreneurial education in order to boost their creativity and confidence as well as raise their chances to get a job or to consider self-employment as an option for the future. At the same time, techniques to create fast-growing businesses are needed in such an accelerated society like ours in order to avoid failure and to succeed in a shorter period of time.
The objective of this project is the creation of regional Innovation Hubs in the partner vocational schools, where the students run these themselves supported by their teachers. The target of these regional Innovation Hubs is the students‘ acquisition of entrepreneurial competences by solving current social problems happening in their regions and in the regions of the project partners in Europe. They also act as mentors for other groups and organizations in their regions, solving social and general problems. Besides, they are able to guide individuals or groups willing to start new startup businesses, but lack the knowledge and methodology needed.
Six institutions from three European countries (Germany, Slovenia and Spain) are part of the project consortium. Each partner country is represented by one vocational school and one institution from the private or public sector acting as a promotor.
Four outputs were developed throughout the project: a social entrepreneurship training, a validation training, a manual for creation and management of regional innovation hubs, and a social entrepreneur badge distinction for students‘ competencies recognition.
As a result, regional Innovation Hubs were created and established as a part of the vocational schools in the partner countries. Here students manage them and develop entrepreneurial and social competences as well as raise their employability while doing so.
The project generates impact in three ways:
CREATE: by designing products that develop students‘ entrepreneurial and social competences in an innovative teaching environment.
BOOST: by establishing regional Innovation Hubs targeted with the development of innovative solutions to current social problems in other European countries and in their own regions.
INSPIRE: by disseminating the project results and encouraging others to be social entrepreneurs and to start their own businesses as an option. Additionally, bringing Europe together by solving foreign social problems in an intercultural approach.
The manuals can be downloaded in different languages under the following links: