Meet the Partners
An inspiring and engaging partnership deserves revealing the partners together with their team experts, as we are celebrating the end of 2019! These are the people working, day by day, behind the scenes of the InnoSchool project! Constantly involved and dedicated to the core of our project: the Serious Game Development - a web-based application for enhancing the social entrepreneurial skills in secondary school students.
Proud to launch a new section on InnoSchool page entitled
,,MEET THE PARTNERS!”
Project InnoSchool started its implementation in September 2018 in cooperation of 11 regular and 6 Associated Strategic Partners:
- DEX Innovation Centre - Lead partner
- Business Incubator – Gotse Delchev, Entrepreneurship Promotion Centre
- The European Center for Socio Professional Integration ACTA
- Central Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency Nonprofit Ltd.
- Vienna Board of Education, European Office
- Technical University of Kosice
- Regional department of education
- Centre for Resources and Educational Assistance of Bihor County
- Agency for economic development of City of Prijedor “PREDA-PD”
- Regional Agency for Development and European Integration Belgrade
- FACLIA - Association for Children and Youth
- Regional Authority of Liberec Region - Associated partner
- Vocational Training Center, Székesfehérvár - Associated partner
- Ministry of Education and Culture of Republic of Srpska - Associated partner
- Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development - Associated partner
- Košice Self-governing Region - Associated partner
- Ungheni Education Directorate - Associated partner
InnoSchool lead partner, DEX Innovation Center, is a private non-profit, multidisciplinary innovation and research centre established in Liberec, the Czech Republic, with extensive experience with designing, developing, partnership building and managing transnational innovative projects. DEXIC is the author of several research and innovation projects that were successfully awarded a grant or had been carried out with private funds (www.dex-ic.com).
Jan Kubalík is the CEO of the DEX Innovation Center and, above all, is the person behind the idea and the creation of the InnoSchool project. Jan has a technological background in computer science. His 20 years of professional career was all about start-ups, from working with them, through being a technological entrepreneur to be a social entrepreneur and support them. Jan builds an excellent network worldwide by serving the clients or building a partnership with companies. His expertise is business development and fundraising for innovation and research.
Michal Štefan has been working at DEX Innovation Center as Head of Project Implementation and Communication and has been involved in the creation of the InnoSchool project since its inception. He loves innovation. He always worked only in companies that brought something new and something unique. He has worked, studied and traveled in the UK, Denmark, Norway, Australia and South America. He is the manager of the DEXIC Accelerator, where he also discusses startup models with their business models. He is also the main person responsible for creating business models for a unique application for patients with mild dementia - SMART4MD.
Business Incubator - Gotse Delchev (BI-GD) Entrepreneurship Promotion Center is a not-for-profit organisation, in public benefit, working since 1999 to encourage entrepreneurship, job creation and innovations. BI-GD provides information, training, mentoring, consulting and fosters the socio-economic and human resources development focusing on the young people, partnership and networking, support start-ups and SMEs at local, national, and cross-border level (www.bi-gd.org).
Rositsa Dzhambazova is the director of BI-GD and local project manager of InnoSchool project. She has 20-years’ experience in business incubation, business consulting, human resource development, networking, training and mentoring for SMEs, start-ups, NGOs, social enterprises. She has been engaged with the development and project management of many EU projects in entrepreneurship, including social and youth entrepreneurship, innovations and creativity, rural development, farming, sustainable tourism and more. She also participates in monitoring and policy development processes at national level.
Walking and capturing beautiful landscapes with camera brings her real pleasure.
Natasha Zarankova is a project expert in BI-GD. She has 20 years of experience in project development, coordination and implementation of projects related to human resource development, social, youth and female entrepreneurship, and engaged with communication and dissemination activities, trainer in entrepreneurship and ICT. She is responsible for the work of the BI-GD vocational training center and the implementation of the IT concepts of BI-GD.
The European Center for Socio-Professional Integration ACTA has the mission to promote educational activities, professional and social skills development of young people and adults in order to be able to adapt and integrate effectively into a dynamic society. Numerous and various European projects implemented by ACTA are focused on innovation, creativity, social initiatives, entrepreneurship and exchange of best practices. Due to these, ACTA brings partnership expertise for social innovation creation (www.actacenter.ro).
Mihaela Popovici, the president of ACTA Center, is the InnoSchool project manager and the person responsible for the overall project implementation on behalf of ACTA. She has extensive experience as a teacher and school director and is also a trainer in adult education and an expert in national projects funded by the European Commission. She has relevant experience in coordinating and integrating many successful European projects, in design, research, international collaboration for innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity development and participation in international scientific meetings.
Simona Trip is a professor at the University of Oradea, in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Humanistic Sciences. She teaches counseling and psychotherapy skills and techniques in undergraduate and master programs. Her research interest is focused on socio-emotional skills development in children and adolescents. She participated in several national and international innovation projects. At the InnoSchool project level, she is research responsible and works to develop the social content of the InnoSchool Learning System.
Central Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency is a regional-level agency, member of a nationwide network established by the decision of the government with the involvement of 5 public and semi-public partners in the region. Its core focus is to establish and maintain a network of services via strong cooperation network with the other service providers, universities and the business sector, as well as the general community through national and international partnership. Find more information about the Central Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency on its website www.kdriu.hu.
Csaba Bende is our colleague from the Central Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency, organisation in which he is a project manager. He received his MSc in urban planning studies in the University of Szeged in 2015. There he participated in Earth Sciences Doctoral Programme as well and is currently finishing his studies. Meanwhile, he joined CTRIA and worked actively in various international projects funded by the Interreg Central Europe or Danube Transnational Programmes. He dedicates his free time to activities like hiking, swimming and travelling. He also grabs some books to read in his free time.
The Board of Education for Vienna, European Office is another InnoSchool key partner from Austria. It is the responsible institution for education and schooling of pupils living in the Federal Region of Vienna.
Board of Education for Vienna, European Office (EUB) is a specialized unit within the Board of Education for Vienna responsible for innovation and development in Viennese schools particularly in the areas of entrepreneurship education, transition from school to work and modern language learning. Over the years, EUB has gained extensive experience in the development, implementation and management of European Union co-financed projects. In the InnoSchool project, EUB strongly contributes to the ILS development process through its role as thematic work package leader. Find more information about the Board of Education for Vienna, European Office on its website http://eb.ssr-wien.at/index.php/de/.
As a project manager, Arnold Gutmayer is developing and implementing transnational projects co-funded by the EU with a special focus on creating innovative tools and services for the education sector. Collaborating across Europe and learning from intercultural exchange are the highlights of his daily work.
In case of the InnoSchool project he also contributes with his vast experience in business consultancy and market research. His passion is to discover innovation opportunities by understanding the needs of different target groups.
Arnold’s leisure time is dedicated to his family. Together with his son he enjoys walking beside the river Danube and imagining which stories the river can tell and what the river will experience next.
Judit Makkos-Kaldi PhD. is an EE Expert and has over 17 years experience in developing and implementing concepts regarding (social) entrepreneurship education, innovative e-learning tools, and in managing EU-funded projects.
Furthermore, she has over 15 years educational involvement both in adult education and at primary schools.
She is committed to life-long-learning, not only through managing projects with educational content, but also through continuous development of her own personal learning path.
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