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YES! EUSDR / Youth - Entrepreneurship - Science

Generating an entrepreneurial mindset should start in early stage of life. YES! EUSDR is established as platform for discussing tools and programs which empower young people to get engaged in entrepreneurship by reinforcing their high-level and transversal competences. Stakeholders and decision makers from education institutions, public administration and private business meet in order to initiate solutions for knowledge based entrepreneurship. YES! EUSDR is an official side event of EUSDR Annual Forum under Romanian presidency.

  • Event date: June 26, 2019
  • Posted on: 25.04.2019
  • Palace of Parliament; "Human Rights" Hall, Bucharest,
  • Romania

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Contact: Juergen Raizner, bucharest@steinbeis-romania.com

YES! EUSDR. Objectives and Challenges

Development of the entrepreneurial capacity of European citizens and organisations is one of the key policy objectives for the EU and Member States. Entrepreneurship is seen more as a competence than a skill. Generating an entrepreneurial mindset should start in early stage of life in order to achieve maximum proficiency in all 15 key competences that are descripted in Entrepreneurship Competence Framework. The scheme of YES! EUSDR aims to stimulating development of tools and programs what empowers young people to get engaged in entrepreneurship by reinforcing their high-level and transversal competences needed for self-employment – and as additional chance for young people, needed for intrapreneurship, meaning the ability to contribute more independently to the success of bigger organizations.

Programs to support start-up enterprises exist. Before using those programs, a personal decision on establishing and managing an enterprise must be taken. Insufficient awareness and a lack in motivation to become entrepreneur is a European societal challenge – at Annual Forum 2019 tackled by YES! EUSDR. Participants discuss how to foster competences to turn ideas into actions.

Business environment is specified by a high innovation tempo, the use of cross-sector technologies and changes in the labour market. Basis for doing successful business is to combine knowledge on the market with unique solutions, generated by scientific work. Entrepreneurial education needs to be included in curricula of much more universities. YES! EUSDR is designed as dialogue for planning further actions to foster entrepreneurship among youth.

Besides implied dialogue, at YES! EUSDR will be explained examples of best practice and ongoing projects. At Higher Education Institution level discussion will be about integrating entrepreneurship in curricula and combining it with mentorship programs.

YES! EUSDR is a component of European Early Innovators Program what is emanated from a pilot action, funded by Danube Strategic Project Fund in 2018. Private-Public-Partnerships for establishing business oriented youth contests are identified as suitable tool to guide young people on their way to develop an idea, translate it into a business plan and to simulate implementation. Established as a side event to EUSDR Annual Forum 2019, YES! EUSDR contributes to

  • a larger number of entrepreneurs, prepared by achievable real-life experiences, project work and hands-on habit
  • increased number of innovative enterprises in Danube Region
  • corporate culture based on target oriented investment in education
  • guide youth to STEM
  • specifically qualified teachers and trainers in schools and universities.

S&T field/scope: Financing Methods, Technology/Knowledge Transfer, General, Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary, Education, Innovation and Development | Affilation and Pillar: EUSDR Priority Areas, Key stakeholders, Research and innovation community, Policy Dialogue, Research and Innovation support Initiatives | Geographical focus: Danube Region