Young People of Karelia Participated in the Session on Social Entrepreneurship
On March 19-20, a strategic session on the development of entrepreneurial skills and competencies required for the successful implementation of projects in the field of social entrepreneurship was held at the Center Boiling Point – Petrozavodsk within the framework of the Karelia Cross-Border Cooperation Program KA 8002 Social cross-border entrepreneurship: Start-up for everyone and opportunities for all (SOCCER).
The audience of the program gathered young people between the ages of 18 and 35, including already aspiring entrepreneurs or are just planning to do business in the social sphere. A significant part of the audience consisted of students from various institutes of Petrozavodsk State University. The overall number of participants of the program was 50.
During the two-day intensive, participants of the program studied and practiced all stages of the social entrepreneurship project beginning from the idea to a designed business project plan.
Marina Gvozdeva, Vice-Rector for International Affairs of PetrSU, welcomed the participants.
At the beginning of the program, Natalia Sergina-Kishlar, a representative of the University of Oulu, the leading partner of the project, and Marina Utitsyna, project coordinator on the Russian side, provided the audience with information about the SOCCER project. The following report was presented by Gayane Avetisyan, the representative of the Corporation for the Development of the Republic of Karelia, covering the state measures to support social entrepreneurship.
On the first day, a team of coachers with significant experience in interacting with young people, including Yulia Teryushkova, Oksana Kondratyeva and Anastasia Makkoeva, effectively practiced the module related to the generation of business ideas with an emphasis on their social component. The audience was divided into teams providing that each one came up with its own idea for a business project.
Then the second coach team continued to work with aspiring social entrepreneurs. The team included Alexander Konovalov and Roman Zagidullin, who told briefly about the key points needed to develop a business plan. To motivate the participants, a competition for knowledge of entrepreneurship was held, all the winners received books as gifts on running business.
On the second day, the teams of participants shared their ideas and received advice from experienced experts in specific areas of developing a business plan. A separate platform for dialogue was established to discuss the potential of the international (cross-border) part of the projects being developed. Natalia Sergina-Kishlar from the University of Oulu delivered a speech as an expert. It should be noted that many projects were promising for implementation jointly with the Finnish side.
Following the refinement of their projects and presentations, at the conclusion of the program each team submitted them to the audience and experts. All the projects were aimed at solving urgent social problems in the Republic of Karelia: from improving the well-being of the elderly and families with children to helping stray animals. The strategic session concluded with award ceremony for the teams which submitted the projects and gained the maximum score. The expert commission selected 3 best projects: "Nanny.com", "School for Parents", "Dobro.ptz" awarded with valuable prizes from the JSC Corporation for the Development of the Republic of Karelia. The team delivered the project "Do it better today than yesterday" was awarded with the special prize from the team of coachers of Boiling Point – Petrozavodsk.
As for now, the strategic session resulted in well-developed business plan by each team for a social entrepreneurship project, project video presentation and all the necessary materials to apply for the All-Russian competition "Best Social Project of the Year".
According to the feedback received during the survey, the meetind was interesting and insightful for the audience.
All participants in the strategic session received certificates of Petrozavodsk State University and the University of Oulu (Finland). They will also have the opportunity to participate in a teleconference with young social entrepreneurs from Finland, present their project and find a foreign partner.
If you also want to join the project Social cross-border entrepreneurship: Start-up for everyone and opportunities for all (SOCCER), we will always be happy to welcome you to our team!
- added the organizers.