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
EU level best practices 11-12-2017 00:30:20
project leaflet 08-05-2017 14:47:13
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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Local Government and Municipality of District 11 of Budapest, Ăšjbuda 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 - "Dream Job" photo contest
    - 03-01-2018

    Local communication campaign implemented by the photo contest helped promote the project in Újbuda, Budapest. The NGS project’s Újbuda partner run a photo contest with the title “Dream Job” between the 10 November and 1 December. Youngsters...

  • NewGenerationSkills - Preparing the Youth Innovation Lab in Bulgaria
    - 14-12-2017

    This is a local report from the Bulgarian project partners: Sofia Municipality and Sofia Development Association. Learn how they started to plan their Innovation Lab with the youth of Sofia city: "The dream of the Youth Innovation Lab was the...

  • NewGenerationSkills - The third peer review presented romanian best practices to the attendant partners
    - 10-12-2017

    The third peer review session took place in Romania and the organizers were Intercommunity Development Association Cluj Metropolitan Area and North-West Regional Development Agency. During November a peer review visit was organized to...

  • NewGenerationSkills - Space(s) in Graz - the second peer review meeting passed off in Austria
    - 08-12-2017

    Project partners are organizing 7 peer review sessions before and during Innovation Labs launching. Essentially these are thematic study visits that give possibility for exchanging experiences and discussion of local case studies by getting...

  • NewGenerationSkills - First Peer Review Meeting in Serbia
    - 14-11-2017

      Project partners recently started exchange visits in all 7 countries. The objective of this programme (project element) is to get familiar with each other’s good practices. local initiatives and experiences related to youth entrepreneurship...

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