The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Being an Entrepreneur — Poland


ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: youth exchange

Venue: Katowice, Poland

Dates: 12—20 June 2023

National team: 5 participants (aged 18—30) + 1 group leader (21+)

Please read the info-pack.

Hosting organisation: Fundacja Rozwoju Społeczeństwa Przedsiębiorczego

Project description:

Recent years world economy was still struggling to recover from the crisis created by Covid 19 when Russia put the the war into Europe and therefore crisis in social, economic and generally in every field. But as Albert Einstein said, “in the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity.”

In the Chinese language, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters, one representing danger and the other, opportunity. EU started finding efficient sources of energy and diversification of the supply chain. EU also took into consideration the threats from Russia, so considered enlargement of the European Union in order to avoid any possible influences from Russia toward the partner countries, to discover new ways of cooperation. This policy is remarkably important for the countries, which got the candidate status and are following their European aspirations.

In this unstable and unpredictable environment, doing business became much more difficult, entrepreneurs started to retain the stable growth and avoid new investments. Starting a business for young entrepreneurs now seems even more difficult. So, we decided to create this youth exchange to share the experience, skills and possibilities for starting a business to young people, from different countries, to demonstrate that it is possible even in this crisis.

Goals of the Youth Exchange:

  • Unite young people passionate about education, entrepreneurship, and innovation;
  • To encourage youngsters to turn their interests into careers;
  • To foster entrepreneurship, teamwork, and leadership qualities;
  • To raise the awareness and the sense of social entrepreneur among youngsters;
  • To work on business ideas, fundamental business skills, and marketing strategies, including digital skills, we plan to hold specialized workshops;
  • Equip participants with necessary soft skills and knowledge and then let them learn how to turn their ideas into viable business plans and strategies;
  • To develop leadership, teamwork, and entrepreneurial skills;
  • To promote tolerance, sense of equality and solidarity, working in multicultural environment and manage culturally diverse teams;
  • To help participants get over their fear of failing and develop a positive attitude towards the labor market.

Project activities:

  • Icebreaker games, energizers and team-building games;
  • Daily evaluations;
  • Youth Opportunities introduction, learning about European Solidarity Corps programs and opportunities for international mobility, introducing the Europass CV and Youthpass tools;
  • Intercultural evenings;
  • Workshops on entrepreneurship will teach participants how to use the Business Canvas to transform their concepts into viable business plans.
    They will brainstorm business ideas in groups;
  • IT workshops and activities;
  • Business case studies: The participants will work in groups to analyze, present, and highlight the learnings from one case study of a failed business.

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