In a nutshell
The aim of the project is to develop an entrepreneurial ecosystem for youth and students (18->25 years of age) in 9 Flemish student cities (Brugge, Kortrijk, Gent, Aalst, Geel, Antwerpen, Leuven, Hasselt, Genk). All relevant local stakeholders (the city, higher education institutions, student associations, youth associations, intermediaries and profit and non-profit organizations) are connected in a collaborative endeavor to support youngsters in their entrepreneurial becoming. By means of
(1) informational, inspirational and activating activities,
(2) community building practices and
(3) several support services (mentoring, (peer) coaching, learning sessions,…)
youngsters get every chance to tap into this resourceful ecosystem in realizing their entrepreneurial dream. Lecturers and youth workers are encouraged and supported in rendering entrepreneurial education.
The 9 projects started in fall of 2016 and are in full development:
Flanders Entrepreneurship and Innovation as a Flemish government agency facilitates, gives support, creates possibilities to exchange and learn from one another (platform meetings and website www.hogeronderwijsonderneemt.be/ecosystemen-in-studentensteden )