Can projects be transferred between countries?
What happens when you try to take a successful entrepreneurial initiative in Paris, and make it work in Zlin, Czech Republic? ENSPIRE EU Partners explain their experiences so far…
One of the ENSPIRE EU project objectives is to implement some pilot activities. One of the first opportunities came about during a twinning visit by the Zlin Region to NOVANCIA, France, when one of the initiatives examined was chosen as a good practice on which the theory of transferability might be well tested.
The initiative is called “24H Chrono” and it is a specially designed event to train the entrepreneurial skills of young people. At this event, the participants have an opportunity to train their business skills such as marketing strategy, business plan, market research etc. but also the entrepreneurial soft skills such as communication, team-building, leadership, project management, presentation skills, work under pressure, stress handling, all in a programme lasting just 24 hours. All those taking part are assisted by professionals, who are experts in their field.
This initiative fitted the definition of a pilot activity and resulted in Madjid Yahiaoui, representative of NOVANCIA, paying a visit to the Zlin Region at the beginning of June.
Madjid met the local project team and agreed to set up a detailed action plan. The goal of the pilot activity is to test the transferability – step by step implementation methodology will be prepared during which all the aspects and the possibilities of the implementation will be examined and evaluated. This work will go hand in hand with the ENSPIRE EU toolkit that is also being prepared by the project. It is intended that all the findings of the testing will be used for all project partners to benefit. The pilot activity will be rounded off by a small scale testing and its results are to be presented at the final conference in Cyprus in November 2012.
At the visit to Czech Republic, Madjid Yahiaoui presented the initiative and together with the Zlin project team they presented the pilot activity, its schedule and expected results to two very important groups:
- Meeting of the Zlin Regional Authority Advisory Committee on Human Resource Development
- Meeting of the local operators and stakeholders (representatives of the educational agencies, University, High schools, Chamber of Commerce, Assistance Centre for start-ups, Assistance centre for women entrepreneurship, representatives of the Zlin Region)
This work is currently ongoing, and more will be reported once the pilot takes place.