NewGenerationSkills Unlocking the potentials for business and social innovation in the Danube Region by equipping young people with new generation skills

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.

Unlocking the potentials for business and social innovation in the Danube Region by equipping young people with new generation skills
Start date
01-01-2017
End date
30-06-2019
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2121179,78
ERDF Contribution: 1564067,83
IPA Contribution: 238934,95
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Priority
Innovative and socially responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Increase competences for business and social innovation

Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Local Government and Municipality of District 11 of Budapest, Újbuda Lead partner molnar.ilona@ujbuda.hu Hungary
PRIZMA Foundation for the improvement of employment possiblities, the institution ERDF partner d.luzarsajt@fundacija-prizma.si Slovenia
Municipality of Maribor ERDF partner ina.prezelj@maribor.si Slovenia
NOWA Training Counselling Projectmanagement ERDF partner eva.janusch@nowa.at Austria
akzente - center for equality and regional cooperation ERDF partner dorothea.sauer@akzente.or.at Austria
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Project News

  • NewGenerationSkills - Final Event and Idea Fair in Budapest
    - 28-05-2019
    Final Event and Idea Fair in Budapest

    We are excited to announce that young people from 7 countries are coming to introduce their projects at the Final Event and Idea Fair in Budapest. Find the detailed programme in the invitation. Don't forget to register...

  • NewGenerationSkills - Educational programme in DEXIC µFabLab continues
    - 04-04-2019
    Educational programme in DEXIC µFabLab continues

    Educational programme NewGenerationSkills (NGS) develops both the digital and entrepreneurial skills of young people and supports them in creating its own digital projects. DEXIC µFabLab provides the equipment which helps to realize these...

  • NewGenerationSkills - Read about opening of DEXIC µFabLab, one-stop-shop in the centre of Liberec
    - 12-03-2019
    Read about opening of DEXIC µFabLab, one-stop-shop in the centre of Liberec

      We have opened a technological one-stop-shop for rapid prototyping in the centre of Liberec on the 19th of February.DEXIC µFabLab is a modern one-stop-shop for young people interested in 3D print, PCB, IoT or...

  • NewGenerationSkills - Our project took part in SENSES capitalization session
    - 05-11-2018

    NewGenerationSkills project gladly accepted the invitation for the Budapest Capitalization Event, a Side event on Summer School on Social Innovation in the frame of the SENSES capitalization session.  The capitalization session was organized...

  • NewGenerationSkills - Sofia Youth Innovation Lab was officially launched
    - 30-10-2018

    A new Innovation Lab opened its service in October, this time in Bulgaria, by two project partners, Sofia Municipality and Sofia Development Agency.  The new place for the youth is located in the Serdika branch of the Sofia Library. A Dynamic...

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