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
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2121179,78
ERDF Contribution: 1564067,83
IPA Contribution: 238934,95
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Innovative and socially responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Increase competences for business and social innovation


Filename Date of upload
Local Case Study_DEX Innovation Centre 03-04-2018 02:59:35
Local Case Study_akzente_nowa 03-04-2018 02:58:43
Local Case Study_Municipality of Maribor 03-04-2018 02:57:36
Local Case Study_Municipality of Sofia 03-04-2018 02:56:37
Local Case Study_Cluj Metropolitan Area 03-04-2018 02:54:51
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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Local Government and Municipality of District 11 of Budapest, Újbuda Lead partner Hungary
PRIZMA Foundation for the improvement of employment possiblities, the institution ERDF partner Slovenia
Municipality of Maribor ERDF partner Slovenia
NOWA Training Counselling Projectmanagement ERDF partner Austria
akzente - center for equality and regional cooperation ERDF partner Austria
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Project News

  • NewGenerationSkills - Youth Camp: The Lab of New Ideas
    - 27-08-2018

    The project organized a 2-day-long Youth Camp for young people from the countries of Danube Region participating in the project. The event had 30 young participants from Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania and Serbia. The topic were social...

  • NewGenerationSkills - 3rd transnational partners meeting in the midterm of the project
    - 06-08-2018

    Our project had its 3rd transnational meeting regarding the first dissemination event. The very comprehensive occasion covered the 3rd transnational expert workshop (TEW), a peer review session and the management review of the project progress....

  • NewGenerationSkills - Balkan Hackathon in Sofia
    - 06-07-2018

    A hackathon was held in the framework of the NewGenerationSkills project, as a major inspirational event leading up to the launch of Sofia Innovation Lab in September 2018. Sofia Development Association (SDA) co-organized the first Balkan...

  • NewGenerationSkills - Mobile App Hackathon in Sofia
    - 12-06-2018

    The Sofia Development Association together with National Natural Sciences and Mathematics High School organized the Hackathon APPS @ НПМГ mobile app competition. The innovative competition was held in Sofia. Participants were informed about...

  • NewGenerationSkills - Innovation Lab opens in Újbuda (Hungary)
    - 23-05-2018

    In order to complete the main goals set up in the project, a professional supporting scheme called Innovation Lab are launched in all countries in these months. The Hungarian partner started the local Innovation Lab (IL) with a great opening...

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