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New Generation Skills

Project co-funded by the European Union (ERDF, IPA). 

Project name: Unlocking the potential for business and social innovation in the Danube region by equipping young people with new generation skills

Programme priority: Innovative and socially responsible Danube region

Programme priority specific objective: Increase competences for business and social innovation

Lead partner: Local Government and Municipality of District 11 of Budapest, Újbuda

Duration: 01.2017 – 06.2019

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Young generations have the potential to be pro-active engines of innovation and become change-makers in their local communities.  However, 62% of young people in Central and Eastern Europe are not interested in starting their own business, whereas one in five would like to, but consider it too difficult. This weak entrepreneurial culture and missing innovation management capacities are recognized as a key challenge in the Danube Region. Unlocking youth’s unexploited potential starts at local level by developing their skills and competences and creating an enabling environment to help them become their ideas grow their innovative ideas into ventures with high social added value, potentially taken up by the private & public sectors transnationally.

The project will upgrade existing cooperation mechanisms between its key target group of quadruple helix actors including local municipalities, as facilitators, along with organisations representing local youth, education, and the business sector to create innovative local support schemes going beyond existing fragmented initiatives taking the form of INNOVATION LABS joined in a transnational network. Interweaving innovation and youth entrepreneurship support will contribute to bridging the gap between education and new generation skills needed for navigating in the changing world of work. Through organic, community based learning programs – DYNAMIC LEARNING PACKAGE, this novel support scheme will reach out to the youth, in particular young people (aged 15-29) in transition from education to the labour market, faced with major career decisions, who are motivated, but inadequately skilled to generate new ideas and take the first steps towards socially responsible, transformative entrepreneurship.

This youth focussed innovation support process will ultimately lead to better economic performance, lower brain drain and have a positive impact on the quality of the local working/living environment.

Project partners:

LP: Local Government and Municipality of District 11 of Budapest, Újbuda

PP1: PRIZMA Foundation for the improvement of employment possiblities, the institution

PP2: Municipality of Maribor

PP3: NOWA Training Counselling Projectmanagement

PP4: akzente - center for equality and regional cooperation

PP5: Intercommunity Development Association Cluj Metropolitan Area

PP6: Sofia Development Association

PP7: Sofia Municipality

PP8: DEX Innovation Centre

PP9: Institute Mihajlo Pupin

PP10: Municipality of Savski Venac

PP11: Corvinus University of Budapest Small Business Development Centre

PP12: City of Graz

PP13: City of Belgrade

PP14: North-West Regional Development Agency