Social entrepreneurship courses in Kaunas Lithuania

Social entrepreneurship courses in Kaunas Lithuania February – March 2016

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Mentoring activities in Kaunas, Lithuania

Mentoring activities in SESAME project in Kaunas, Lithuania March – April 2016

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Carlos Martínez CEO of Interneate collaborates in SESAME Project Barcelona as a mentor

The pilot is running. Both mentors and students are interacting and sharing knowledge, experiences and visions of social entrepreneurship.

The last 30th April, the entrepreneur Carlos Martinez gave a speech about his company “interneate”, located in Mataró, which seeks to give an answer to everything that a small or medium business could need to progress and develop through different tools: online marketing, graphic design and web page and mobile applications. He emphasizes in the importance of incorporating tools such as e-commerce and e-branding as a corporate strategy of success for a company.

Moreover, Martinez explained his educational and formative career instilled his entrepreneurship values. In this way, Martinez advised the students about the importance of searching new solutions and ideas based in their own interests and aptitudes to solve a problem, rather than looking for complicated answers to it.

These issues have been discussed during the session, where students were able to interact and solve questions about marketing and the digital era in the world of business.

If you want to know more about “Interneate” you can click here and visit the official web page.

Meet the (social) Start-ups!

To strengthen business models and safeguard a successful future, businesses need to consider new models and forms of cooperation.

At Inqubator Leeuwarden, we know that start-ups and solo-entrepreneurs bring new dynamics to the European, Dutch and Frisian entrepreneurial landscape. And what better place to foster creativity and share ideas than the incubator? That’s why Inqubator Leeuwarden organised the Entrepreneurial Conference ‘Meet the Start-ups’ on February 24th last. Meet the Start-ups is an interactive event with inspirational workshops, exceptional entrepreneurs, social businesses and start-ups that can make a difference.

During the workshop ‘Social Enterprise as a Business’ Erna van der Werff explained the concept of social entrepreneurship and presented project SESAME. After that it was time to play ‘Random Request’, one of the activities included in the Training / Minor Social Enterprise which has been developed in project SESAME. Groups had to be formed and each group was given a paper with 20 questions/assignments. Each assignment or question was linked to a number of points. The team that scored most points within 15 minutes won and was given a price. This activity aims to develop certain relevant skills related to (social) entrepreneurship which are time management, creativity, an entrepreneurial mind-set, team management, decision-making etc. Thus, the format of the workshop consisted of an introductory talk but the biggest part was dedicated to the ‘game’ which made it a very lively and interactive workshop. A very diverse mix of teachers, entrepreneurs, students, trainers and people from the municipality attended the workshops. It was a very successful workshop and opinions were very positive.



Register before April 8th for the European Social Innovation Competition!

Last minute update: Register before April 8th for the European Social Innovation Competition. More info?

The 2016 Social Innovation Competition focuses on social innovation for refugees and migrants. The 3 winners of the competition will each receive a prize of €50,000. The competition is open for entries until 8 April 2016. Take a chance, enter the competition and submit your idea!


Infomercial – What is a Social Enterprise? (Dutch)

Video of SocialEnterpriseNL on the definition of a social enterprise with lots of examples. Interesting and informative.


VET students in Barcelona are already testing SESAME products

Servei Solidari foundation started last January the implementation of a pilot group training in social entrepreneurship module.  30 young students from VET in Computer Science in Escola Pia de Mataró are the participants.

First day of participant students doing SESAME module about social entrepreneurship

First day of participant students doing SESAME module about social entrepreneurship

In order to help and motivate the young participants a group of mentors of  social entrepreneurs has been started. Its function is to support, model and inspire the students. Last January 28th a first meeting of entrepreneurs interested in the project took place in Mataró.

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4 mentors have already joined the network and will participate in the lessons along with the teacher. The aim of the project i establishing a final group of 10 mentors.

Social entrepreneurship is a passion

Last week Jeffrey Meijer from Knowledge2018 was in Birmingham (England), together with researchers and students of the VET Friesland College. An educational week. Kirsten van der Pol, one of the Knowledge2018 reporters, wrote the following message after an interview with the group via Skype.

Social entrepreneurship is a passion

Social entrepreneurship is certainly also about making profit. But these profits are invested locally and sustainably in order to develop the region. In England, this way of doing business through the major social differences is greatly in attendance. In the Netherlands, this way of doing business is just as important, but it is still a slow process. Therefore, seven students from the VET Friesland College went to Birmingham.

The students got the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of social entrepreneurship coach Duncan Chamberlain. They followed a leadership training, visited social enterprises and also spoke with several entrepreneurs about this way of doing business. It was an eye-opener for the students. “It was visible, all over the entrepreneurs when they described their businesses. They were not speaking from a working position but from their passion and heart. We now really see the possibilities of how we can contribute to the development of Friesland,” said Kimberley.

The King Edward VI Ways School students participate in a four-day leadership program developed by Chamberlain. The goal of the program is to prepare students for the future. But the program is in itself a social enterprise, which is characterized by senior students who independently teach the freshmen. This peer-to-peer teaching worked very motivating. “We often sit with caps and ear plugs in the classroom, but here they sit in three-piece suits. They take it far more seriously and we should to” Jordi said.


The exchange comes from the SESAME project. From January 2016 this project will execute a curriculum related to leadership and social entrepreneurship at several VET Schools in the region. Students have combined their experience in an advisory. Upon return to the Netherlands they will hand it over to the VET Schools. The trip meant a lot to the group. Cherise, Tim, Yvette, Kimberley, Daphne, Feije and Jordi have made a leap into adulthood. Not only are they taught to be independent, they also got a clear picture of the importance of social development for the community. For people, by people!

In search of the secret of Liverpool2008

No citizen, entrepreneur or student was safe this week in Liverpool. Seven students of the Friesland College from Leeuwarden went to Liverpool and took off in three groups, with the aim to find out why Liverpool was such a great success as European capital of culture in 2008.

Students fired many questions at their ‘victims’ to find out how the city experienced the event. How was it really like to be a European Capital of Culture? And are the effects till this day still noticeable? And perhaps most importantly, can Leeuwarden learn something from Liverpool?

Inspiring day
The day full of special meetings and fun conversations have impressed the seven students. An owner of a bookshop told the students how she has enjoyed the festivities and how her network has expanded in such a way that it, up to this day, still has its benefits.

The woman also told how the neighborhood revived, that people from different classes showed together initiative and that there really has been formed a community. Many passers-by found that 2008 clearly left its marks in a positive way. The events and activities in the field of art and culture have really put Liverpool on the map.

The universities in the area have significantly contributed to the Cultural Capital of 2008. Special committees were set who have properly managed the whole project. This was not without merit, because the universities have drawn a lot of attention and Liverpool has turned into a real student city. With more housing for students, there came more life into the city.

Teachable moment
A point of criticism, as all seven students agreed, many of the activities and investments in Liverpool were focused on the city center. The region around the city noticed very little off the event. “Therefore, the focus should not only be on Leeuwarden, but we should involve all of Friesland”. The students want to, once they are back home, inform the people in Friesland on their findings.

The visit
The visit to the city was initiated by students of the SESAME project and VET Friesland College both partner of Knowledge2018. The SESAME project is a European initiative to boost social entrepreneurship and mentoring in the region.

Two students (Cherise and Tim) won the trip by setting up a social enterprise via College Company. Another student (Yvette) also has her own company accomplished by a school project. Students Kimberley and Daphne are in an internship at 03 Leeuwarden and are linked to Knowledge2018 and CH2018. They also have set up their own businesses. Students Feije and Jordi became involved through their internship at Project SESAME and CH2018.

Do students look differently at Leeuwarden as cultural capital after this visit to Liverpool? A heartfelt ”Yes!” was the answer! The enthusiasm and the revival which they saw in the people they have spoken to, made them realize how much an event like this will mean for the population. ”It is still alive even after seven years!”










On the 15th and 16th October 2015, the fourth SESAME project meeting was held in Barcelona at the premises of Servei Solidari.

Besides project progress related issues, the main aspect of the Meeting was mentoring.

Several specific activities were devoted to this theme:
– Guest speaker, Oege Reitsma (NHL University, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands) conducted a workshop in mentoring

– a good practices round table about different mentoring projects in Catalonia was conducted in Barcelona Activa (city council public services for entrepreneurship)



Furthermore, one of the main products of the project, the social entrepreneurship pilot training material was first handed to the partners.
All partners are spreading the word in order to stablish a first pilot grup with students and mentors, to follow the training in the next year.

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