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Interview with the entrepreneur – Mr. Jacek Krupa

Dagmara: You are the entrepreneur and the member of council of experts; how do you estimate such projects supporting entrepreneurship?

Jacek: Such projects are the great chance – especially for young people – to get practical knowledge and the feedback from the area of running your own company. For them it is the chance to reach the practice and convince that running the company it is not only the pleasure but firs of all enormous responsibility.

Dagmara: Do you think that schools should run more projects focused on supporting entrepreneurship?

Jacek: Of course. I know that schools don’t have additional budget for such trainings, but they can try to achieve the financial support from various educational programmes – like Erasmus+ Programme. Educational project is not only the advantage for pupils, but also added value for teachers. They can meet their pupils better and check them in real projects.

Dagmara: What was your additional value from the project?

Jacek: The possibility of being a member of council of experts was a huge honour for me and my company. Moreover it was a possibility to share my knowledge and experience during creation training programme. I was also participating in the conference and had a chance to see the business plans’ competition. Moreover the best value was possibility of working with young people!

Dagmara: You mentioned about business plans; how do you evaluate them?

Jacek: The competition had a very high level. All pupils were very engaged but also stressed. The ideas were interesting and some of the financial analysis were very professional. Business ideas were also fresh and I saw that they were feeling their ideas and believing in them.

The interview with Mr. Robert Michalski – the expert and teacher from entrepreneurship

Robert what do you think about entrepreneurship as the subject at school?

RIn my opinion entrepreneurship gives pupils enormous possibility of development their creativity, defending their points of view, communication skills and management opportunities. Nowadays a lot of institutions – public and private try to start cooperation within those secondary schools who are running entrepreneurship. Institutions’ support schools within different actions – Art and Science Festival; Entrepreneurship Day and during pupils’ local competences. Institutions’’ representatives often visit our pupils with interesting lectures.

You are organizing a lot of events and competitions for pupils – how do you estimate pupils’ engagement into those actions?

Pupils engagement of course depends on individual human being – but in general I can see that pupils’ competitions and entrepreneurship’s events give them the chance to develop their interest and checking their ideas. Sometimes I feel that this is their first step into their real company in future. Our pupils are taking part in various competitions – from local competitions from the area of business plans till the real product/service prototypes during national competitions from entrepreneurship. Also I should mention about parents’ engagement – they support their children, motivate them to action – sometimes helping by advising.

How do you evaluate our project Find your inner inventor realized within Erasmus+ Programme – strategic partnerships?

Not only pupils were interested in Find your inner inventor realized within Erasmus+ Programme – strategic partnerships but also their parents. They were very content and proud that their children took part in international project – the same one as pupils from Czech Republic and Island. Their motivation were raising from lecture to lecture. The programme was very interesting for them, especially they had a chance of lectures with real academic teachers. They had a small possibility to feel like real students in some parts of lectures. For them it was inspiring and motivating them to start working harder and harder on their business plans. The programme was ideally adjusted to school’s education requirements and developed those areas, which were important and interesting for pupils due to business plans and entrepreneurship’s competitions. They regret that the programme had only 15 hours. The project had also positive and motivating influence on school’s authorities. Next year they are planning to start cooperation with Czech and Slovak schools and universities and in future prepare their own project developing entrepreneurship.

Have you chance to notice that training programme knowledge was used in pupils’ business plans?

Pilot training programme from one side was focused on creativity but it also supported pupils with practical tools how to create the real pan for your company. I could see a lot of real information from particular lectures and some of definition/statements in their business plans. It was also incredible that some of pupils – due to practical case studies and exercises during pilot training – overcame their barriers and weaknesses.

During the final conference almost twenty business plans were presented. How do you evaluate their quality?

Yes the competition was amazing – not only for pupils but also for schools’ authorities. Higher number of teams prepared their business plans – but together with school authorities’ we undertook the decision that only the completed and the best ones will be presented during the conference. Of course it was very stressful for all of them – but I could see that some of programme’s workshops from auto-presentation and communication helped them a lot. The quality of their business plans was very balanced and it was hard to choose the best ones.

What are your recommendations for institutions who would like to support entrepreneurship within young people?

Schools – not only in our city, region but also abroad – should support children, teenagers in their creativity and raising their competences in defending their ideas and points of view. Entrepreneurship should be the subject introduces and run from the beginning of their education path – primary school. Of course during the regular lectures we have to less time to answer all questions and support young entrepreneurs. It means that each school should undertake all efforts to prepare educational projects focused on developing pupils essential and crucial competences. I recommend them Erasmus+ Programme – as it is open for new ideas, strength cooperation within various institutions and open the minds for new possibilities.

Thank you for interview!

The conference Find Your Inner Inventor

The project conference Find Your Inner Inventor was held in VSB – Technical University Ostrava. The main aim was to disseminate and present the intellectual results of the project,  to introuduce the course FYII to VET teachers who where not involved in this project and introuduce the program Erasmus+.

Pilot training in Poland

The innovative training programme, prepared within the Erasmus+ project Find your inner inventor,was conducted in two schools in Bielsko-Biala, which are open to innovation especially in the field of supporting entrepreneurship:

  • II Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. Adama Asnyka w Bielsku-Białej,
  • Zespół Szkół w Bielsku-Białej im. gen. Stanisława Sosabowskiego.

The main goal of those schools is to develop long-term cooperation with the University of Bielsko-Biala in the area of supporting young people entering the labour market.

The innovative training programme was – according to the designed plan – divided into 5 modules for schools purpopses named:

  1. Motivation and entrepreneurship
  2. Creating ideas / business opportunities
  3. Creativity and innovation  
  4. Resources and cooperation  
  5. Marketing and sales

Within those 5 modules all the topics reccommended by the project’s team and the coordinator in the Proposal of the course Find your inner inventor (Annex II of the Analysis of the educational needs of the students – Interim Reports) where included.

The first part of the pilot training started in June 2018 and over 90 pupils from the  classes specialized in entrepreneurship from Bielsko’s high schools took part in them. The second edition of pilot workshops took place in September/October 2018, and over 100 pupils participated.

In both groups of the pilot workshops the classes had various character – it was a combination of regular lectures, workshops in groups and individual work as well as common brain storm. Diversificated education tools helped to develop creative classes’  schedule in which the pupils were willing to take part – from class to class, their growing involvement was evidentely seen.

One of the results prepared by the pupils are the business plans and creative promotion – based on innovative entrepreneurship programme they have been working on their ideas, which will be officially presented on 19th of November 2018 during the inter-school contest.

The main objectives of the training programme are focused on developing an innovative didactic program for the secondary school students expanding competences in the field of entrepreneurship. For the mesaurments of the pupils’ progres in this area the competences and attitudes towards entrepreneurship were tested before and after the training programme. Moreover the project’s team conducted the shot interwievs among pupils to chceck if they  are satisfied with the classes and which part they like the most. All of the results will be summarized in the final report.

Erasmus + Day: Presentation of the project Find Your Inner Inventor

On October 12-13, Europe celebrated Erasmus + Day. The VŠB – Technical University of Ostrava also participated in the campaign. The Department of International Office prepared an opening exhibition and prezentation of all Erasmus + Projects running at the University. Part of the event was also the presentation of Find You Inner Inventor and partner institutions involved in the project.

Conference FYII in Poland

November 19th, 2018 at the University of Bielsko-Biala a Conference was held as part of the project „Find your inner inventor”. To participate in the conference, people associated with the field of entrepreneurship were invited – teachers and vocational counselors, representatives of business incubators, as well as the City and Municipal Board of Education in Bielsko-Biała, also teachers form the faculty of management. The conference became a special opportunity to talk about further plans for joint projects aimed at activities for young people, but also cooperation between secondary schools and higher educations institutions.

Training Programme in Moravien-Silesia Business Academy

Students from Moravien-Silesia Business Academy started in June their training programme. Programme was divided into 5 modules for Motivation and entrepreneurship, Ideas and opportunities, Creativity and innovations, Resources and networking, Presentation and sale. The methodology was tested within the group of forty students. The students appreciate the most creativity support activities and generating new ideas for business.