Through the I SEE YOU (Initiative to Foster Youth Social Entrepreneurship Experience) project, we encourage young people to solve social problems through entrepreneurship. The project provides young people diverse experiences, meant to develop their entrepreneurial spirit, such as an international working environment, support to develop their social business ideas and to attract business investors, online training on social entrepreneurship, and access to an online business simulation game.
In comparison with the traditional entrepreneurship education which focuses on the steps one should take in opening and running a business, I SEE YOU trainings and Unlock Social Enterprise online game are focused on competencies’ development. More precisely, these focus on critical thinking, willingness to explore, ability to prioritize, ability to take initiative, and ability to take decisions. These competencies were found as main lacking competencies in the I SEE YOU countries, within the research conducted for the project.
In 2014-2016, the project aims at providing entrepreneurial experiences for more than 100 unemployed young people from seven European countries (Austria, Ireland, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, and UK). From Romania, 15 young people are already involved in the project’s activities.
“I was really excited about the e-learning platform from the start. I believe it gives all of its members a great opportunity to create a business plan and, at the same time, to help other participants from the other countries in developing their business ideas. I also like the self-educational path that the platform is heading, and how it challenges our skills.” (Ioana Ciupa, one of the young people from Romania participating in the project)
I SEE YOU provides free access to all the educational resources developed within the project. These resources can be accessed at: www.iseeyou-network.eu, in the “Resources” area.
Fundatia Danis’ partners in this project are: FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences (Austria), WestBIC – Business and Innovation Centre (Ireland), Programma Integra (Italy), Italian-Slovak Chamber of Commerce (Slovakia), Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (Spain), Unión de Profesionales y Trabajadores Autónomos (Spain), Totem Learning Ltd (UK).
Moreover, the project is supported in Romania by local associated partners: A Hot Meal, Civitas Foundation for Civil Society, Cluj Community Foundation, Foundation for Youth Involvement, LADO Cluj, Media Partners, New Horizons Foundation, Phoenix Post-secondary Studies Institute, Simplon, The Business Students Association, and The College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences.
The project is co-financed by European Commission, within Erasmus+ Programme.