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

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 - 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...

  • NewGenerationSkills - Launching the Social Innovation Lab for Youth in Slovenia
    - 16-10-2018

    In the framework of the NewGenerationSkills project, a Social Innovation Lab for Youth named FEJS(T)SPEJS, was opened in Tkalka, Cooperative Society for the Development of Social and Technological Innovations on 20 September 2018. At the...

  • 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 including the first dissemination event which took place in Belgrade in June. The comprehensive occasion was made up of the 3rd Transnational Expert Workshop (TEW), a peer review session and the...

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