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This is a reference for Aiste Slajute

Open MIC for Young Entrepreneurs

The training activity took place
in Kippure and Dublin city, Ireland
organised by Eurobug, International Youth Work Trainng and Collaboration Limited
19th-26th of July 2015.
Reference person

Jeff Alberghi

(co-trainer)
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Aims & objectives

The main aim was to explore the concepts of social entrepreneurship for and by young people, and to exam ideas of social enterprises by using group knowledge as the main recourse and Erasmus+ programme as a frame.
During this seminar we defined the concepts of social entrepreneurship and social enterprises; explored possibilities that Erasmus+ offers for young entrepreneurs and social enterprises. We analysed which parts in Erasmus+ program supports organisations who are working with young entrepreneurs programs, focused on developing social entrepreneurship skills, shared good practice examples of young entrepreneurs and experiences of working with young entrepreneurs. We explored strategies of successful social enterprises, collected experiences, wisdom and strengths of participants and their organisations.

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

‘Open MIC’ hosted 33 social entrepreneurs from Ireland, Italy, Spain, Germany, Romanian, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Poland, Netherlands and UK.

Training methods used & main activities

We used non-formal methodologies that stimulated creative thinking and encouraged future collaborations and networks between participating organisations. One of the main method that we adapted and used to clarify social business ideas was an 'Open-MIC' sessions and inspiring guest speakers inputs.

Outcomes of the activity

The main outcomes of this seminar were concrete social business plans created by participants and the strong support network created by all who took part in this seminar.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was preparing, implementing and evaluating the seminar, as well as coordinating the trainers and volunteers team. So I was involved from the idea and creation of the application to the final reports.

I worked on this training for 8 days as a full time trainer.

Testimonial of the reference person

Always a great pleasure to co-facilitate those spaces with Aiste. She's got a unique talent to generate a great learning and safe space for participant and bring creativity in every process and activities. Collaboration is always smooth and with a strong focus on group evaluation in order to adjust the learning process when needed.

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