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
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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 - The sixth peer review meeting's host was Hungary, Újbuda
    - 10-03-2018

    The sixth peer-review meeting took place in Budapest, Hungary, at the end of February where the participators were the delegates of DEX Innovation Center (Czech Republic) and Sofia Municipality (Bulgaria). The purpose of the peer-review workshops...

  • NewGenerationSkills - The fifth Peer Review Meeting in Maribor, Slovenia
    - 23-02-2018

    Peer Review Meeting offered participating partners a deeper insight into the existing local system, different entrepreneurial techniques and social innovation support measures for youth entrepreneurship. Participants defined challenges found...

  • NewGenerationSkills - The second Transnational Expert Workshop in Slovenia
    - 21-02-2018

    How to involve and keep young people? How to be socially innovative at local level? How to adjust Transnational Innovation Lab and its Dynamic Learning Package to the local needs? How to sustain and finance? How to set local operation and...

  • NewGenerationSkills - The fourth peer review meeting was hosted by the Czech partner: DEX
    - 29-01-2018

    Partners from Hungarian municipality of Újbuda, Budapest and from Romanian organizations,  Cluj Metropolitan Area, North-West Regional Development Agency  (NWRDA), Cluj Innovation Park a JCI Active Citizens Cluj, participated at the peer review...

  • 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...

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