ChangeMakers - Start-ups for sustainable environment created by youngsters

P1 Competitive economy

1.2. More entrepreneunial youth

Central Baltic

01.03.2020 - 30.11.2022

€1 391 148

€1 080 723

Project Summary:

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" 

Lead Partner

Turun yliopisto

Country: FI

University of Turku, Department of teacher education, Rauma campus

Partner budget: 364.532 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 273.399 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Satakunnan ammattikorkeakoulu

Country: FI

Partner budget: 219.239 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 164.429 EUR ERDF

Tallinna Tehnikaülikool

Country: EE

Partner budget: 174.593 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 148.404 EUR ERDF

Ålands yrkesgymnasium

Country: FI

Partner budget: 187.017 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 140.263 EUR ERDF

Stockholms universitet

Country: SE

Partner budget: 246.740 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 185.055 EUR ERDF

Rīgas Tehniskā universitāte

Country: LV

Partner budget: 199.028 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 169.173 EUR ERDF

Expected results

The project's main result is the creating 50 cross-border mini-companies. A mini-company is a team, which has students from at least two project countries. One team includes 3 - 5 students from different participating schools.

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.

Internet presence

Project website

Project Instagram

#CBChangeMakers Facebook

#CBChangeMakers Twitter

CB ChangeMakers YouTube channel

Other media visibility

Riika vaihtui etäyhteyteen eurajoelta_Article in Finnish newspaper Länsi-Suomi (2020)

How to reach kids outside TikTok – Latvian success stories on engaging the youth (17.12.2020)

First Bootcamp Video (2020)

e-Platform - oper for all (Circular economy, Cross-cultural communication, Innovation management, etc.)

Laura Eurajoen lukiosta kertoi odotuksistaan

Project videos

ChangeMakers Negotiation Game (2021)
#CBChangeMakers​ new e-Platform introduction
This video presents the basics on market research, 20 min
ChangeMakers First Online BootCamp Oct 2020
ChangeMakers - Circular Water, about water recycling, preservation and re-use