My participation at the first week of “Funtrepreneurship” (GEA College Bootcamp for Future Entrepreneurs) through Erasmus Teaching Exchange Program from 2-8. July 2017, was truly inspiring experience! For me, as teacher and trainer of entrepreneurship and innovation, it was a pleasure to be part of so carefully designed program offered to the excellent group of Slovenian and international students by GEA College, our partner from Ljubljana. These students worked on jointly developed projects addressing care for elderly, and, in the same time, they have had an opportunity to develop their talents and skills in the areas of designing entrepreneurial activity, creative ideas creation, market development, business model thinking, evaluation of financial concepts and options, and mastering presentation skills. It was very well designed project that has resulted with outlines of very interesting 5 projects, which could be realized very quickly. The teachers involved in delivering this program were Slovenian and international teachers, entrepreneurs and consultants. Also, site visits to ABC start-up accelerator, ABC incubator/hub, and creative co-working space Poligon were invaluable hands-on experience for all participants.
I have enjoyed having various roles in this program: in some parts of it I was a participant, mentor, teacher (one-page business plan, effectuation entrepreneurship), and, finally, part of the international jury who rated projects according to the given criteria of clarity, efficiency and innovation.
Participants reported that this model of concentrated and condensed learning was very useful, and it provided them with necessary skills and competences to develop and launch entrepreneurial projects.
GEA college was great organizer and host of this event. Compliments to prof. Marina Letonja and her team!
I am looking forward to future development and continuation of this project, and hope it will provide a good platform and more room for cooperation between GEA college and University for Applied Sciences VERN’ in the future.
Gordana Coric, Senior Lecturer of Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics and Deputy Head of the Studies Entrepreneurial Economics at VERN’ University of Applied Sciences (Zagreb, Coratia)