1. Your Own Business in 100Mirrors.
A lot of the 100-200 Mirrors in our project have their own business. Small and big, with our without employees, family businesses or solo-preneurs, in all life cycles of a business. They all loved to tell their lessons learned.
In the manual for teachers Focus on Your Future we organised their lessons learned in specific items, which could be quite interesting for you and your students :
1. How to come up with a Business Idea? What could be nice concepts? How to become and remain an expert? Good concepts have to deal with your own skills and passions, you than create them in new forms, different from others, to provide services and products which add value to a specific target group. New technologies brought new big and small concepts, services and professions, related to new technologies as using social media, internet and apps. You will find a lot of inspiring women stories.
2. ‘Think small first’ or ‘Think big first, act small’? or ‘Think big and act big first?’ We give examples and describe the discussion as: There is not a single, unique or ‘holy’ way to start up a business. Nowadays the digitalization of our economy has enabled people to start their own companies on a global scale from day one and tremendously speed up the whole process of starting up, whether through product design, manufacturing models and sales. The so called ‘start-ups’ have to act fast. The start-up world changes every day. A competitor could be first. But please don’t ‘sit on your idea’. Share Ideas, ask
people for help, take a mentor. It takes a lot of effort to realise ideas. Big thinking start-ups
could need a large investment in developing and implementing systems. A lot of financers like to invest
in start-ups, combined with crowd-funding campaigns. After 3 years the concept must have been proven right, or failed. Women are involved in this entrepreneurial new movement, but mostly they climb up risk avoiding by ‘Think Big, but act small first’.
3. Solo-preneurship…Think ‘small’ first? Solo-preneurship is a term the European Commission
use to stimulate ‘Think small first’. Self-employment can be the first step, to put new ideas into practice, because society has a lot of problems which need new solutions. A lot of people feel it as a scary step, to become self-employed and leave behind a possible ‘certainty’ of a job. And so your students can look up to it too. To break down that fear and anxiousness, we provide you with stories of solo-preneurs in different countries, and they all say: we are quite happy with the decision of being selfemployed.
They even say: ‘Being self-employed? It is the best decision I ever made’. It is a form of inclusive
thinking: even a bad experience can give the best chances. On the other hand not everyone suits entrepreneurship.
4. Marketing and Finance issues. In all countries women tend to have the same advantages and pitfalls concerning marketing and finance issues, especially when they want to let grow their businesses, choose for more specialization and grow themselves as well! You can integrate the cases in your ‘normal’ curriculum and lectures of marketing, finance, organisation and business growth.
5. Growth of a Business, Failures, Sell the business and your own tasks
We not only have to share our successes, also from failures everyone can learn a lot. Women, especially in the cultural sector tell how forming their activities to a real organisation made their activities grown. Cases of Co Creation as tool for growth and how to handle the influence of the external crisis, are also discussed in this chapter. Plus how managerial tasks became different when a business grew. Some women did choose to do the management, others hired the best managers to be able doing the concrete work they loved so much, in direct contact with their external clients.
6. Social entrepreneurs. We have examples of the 4 different types of social enterprises:
1. For-profit social enterprises, which combine social aims with a short term for-profit strategy
2. Hybrid social enterprises, who integrate their financial aims, totally into their social community
aims and strive at least to a non-loss.
3. Innovative non-profit social enterprises with a strong emphasis on social community aims with a
partial profit business model
4. Traditional non-profit organisations with social and community aims.
With 3 different types of impact.
• Service Delivery Organisations: impact on Economy and Wellbeing
• Mutual Support Organisations: impact on Communities and Society
• Campaign Organisations: impact on Democracy
The assignment ask students to study the different cases, with videos and texts and ask them to prepare a presentation in your class.
• We hope you like to add and use our developed cases in your classroom to your ‘normal curriculum, activities, (e-learning)projects or guidance. We also give a lot of didactic tips!
• Please share your experiences and comments for years to go on our 100Mirrors Facebook page
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Our 100Mirrors project http://content.ee-hub.eu/EE-HUB/Teacher-Training/100-MIRRORS you can find here too, as a best practice project. Materials for teachers, to use with their students.
3. Entrepreneurship Competence Framework ‘Entrecomp’. (You can download the full reporthere).
Ten years ago, the European Commission identified sense of initiative and entrepreneurship as one of the 8 key competences necessary for a knowledge-based society. The EntreComp framework presented in this report proposes a shared definition of entrepreneurship as a competence, with the aim to raise consensus among all stakeholders and to establish a bridge between the worlds of education and work. Developed through a mixed-methods approach, the EntreComp framework is set to become a reference de facto for any initiative aiming to foster entrepreneurial capacity of European citizens.
The framework consists of 3 interrelated and interconnected competence areas: ‘Ideas and opportunities’, ‘Resources’ and ‘Into action’. Each of the areas is made up of 5 competences, which, together, constitute the building blocks of entrepreneurship as a competence. The framework develops the 15 competences along an 8-level progression model and proposes a comprehensive list of 442 learning outcomes. The framework can be used as a basis for the development of curricula and learning activities fostering entrepreneurship as a competence. Also, it can be used for the definition of parameters to assess learners’ and citizens’ entrepreneurial competences.
So an European Entrepreneurship competence framework to study, to inspire, and to realize!