The RISE project: Studying regional innovation hubs and the strengthening of social enterprises with focus on cross-border cooperation (Erasmus Plus)

This description is based on a discussion between the author and Miguel Civera (ITB). The author is responsible for the written content.

The project “RISE” arises from the conceptual background of “Design thinking” and from the related culture of presenting emerging innovations in “Pitching” events. Based on the longer experience of ITB with Project Management training in vocational schools, the rise project takes a further step in piloting with ‘innovation hubs’ and ‘pitching competences’ with focus on social enterprises and cross-border cooperation.

The project is funded by the Erasmus Plus programme and it has partners from three countries – Germany, Spain and Slovenia. From each country the project has an expert partner organisation and an application partner organisation. In Germany the partners are ITB and Wilhelm Wagenfeld Schule. Altogether, the partners bring into picture slightly different fields of expertise (VET and business management) as well as different cultural regions in Europe.

The project works with a process model that envisages four phases main phases that are guided by respective workshops of the consortium and concluded as the main intellectual outputs:

  • Drafting of social entrepreneurship concepts
  • Validation of the ideas (including training concepts and the business models)
  • Creation of the innovation hubs (incorporation into school culture and publicising of the work)
  • Introduction of the Social Entrepreneurship Badge (development of a joint format of recognition in terms of learning achievements and competences for the labour market).

Here it is worthwhile to note that the learning processes include several supporting methods like storytelling, pitching and Lean Start-up methods. In all countries the school teachers and the school students are involved as equal team members. Altogether, the project seeks to promote sharing of ideas between different partner regions and to shape a European learning culture.

In the comparison between the projects RISE and TACCLE-4 CPD we focused on the use of the Learning Toolbox (in general) and as support for ePosters (in particular) as a common interest area.

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