P1 Competitive economy
1.2. More entrepreneunial youth
01.03.2020 - 30.11.2022
€1 391 148
€1 080 723
The project ChangeMakers aims at nurturing a sustainable entrepreneurial mindset by way of involving students under 18 to develop cross-border start-up simulations based on environmental challenges. In order for the students to successfully develop their start-ups, the project will provide:
1) information about the environmental side of the business (safety, regulations, legislation) 2) guidelines on how to do business and for distance communication) 3) tools for teachers for coaching their students on sustainable business practices and 4) and a pedagogical study module for vocational school and for upper secondary school.
As a result, altogether 50 start-up simulations provided by local businesses and companies will be tackled by students in the framework of the project and the tool developed by the project will be piloted and made available after the project ends via the open access ePlatform tool "ChangeMakers"
Partner budget: 219.239 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 164.429 EUR ERDF
Partner budget: 174.593 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 148.404 EUR ERDF
Partner budget: 187.017 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 140.263 EUR ERDF
Partner budget: 246.740 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 185.055 EUR ERDF
Rīgas Tehniskā universitāte
Partner budget: 199.028 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 169.173 EUR ERDF
Sustainable element is defined as a product, service, application or solution, in which environmental challenge (f.e. circuit economy,reusing, reducing and recycling) is the basis for mini-company's business idea.
Altogether 250 students from Finland, Åland, Sweden, Estonia and Latvia are taking part in cross-border start-up simulation and getting mentoring and coaching from business experts, but also from experts in circuit economy. Their ideas and prototypes can be future developed to "real" business.
In simulation student confront and take up different challenges, act and work independently to achieve goals, stick to intentions and carry out planned tasks. They are forced to set long-, medium- and short-term goals, define priorities and action plans, and adapt to unforeseen changes. Also, students work together and co-operate with others to develop ideas and turn them into action, but also solve conflicts and face up to competition positively when necessary. These kind of activities is the best to learn 21st century skills.
Altogether 20 teachers are trained to guide cross-border student start-ups. They get experiences to utilize in future study modules in vocational schools and upper secondary schools.
The ePlatform will be developed and tested. All the learning materials are shared in ePlatform, from which other schools utilize developed materials or holistic methodology.