The Central Baltic Programme 2014-2020 finances result orientated cross-border cooperation projects in Estonia, Finland (incl Åland), Latvia and Sweden

1.2. More entrepreneurial youth

The financed projects under

Priority 1. Competitive economy
Specific Objective 1.2. More entrepreneurial youth

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A common challenge in rural societies is that young people move away from their local communities in order to find work and education. By making entrepreneurship more attractive for the youth they could make a living in their local communities. The RIBS project aims at developing young people’s knowledge about entrepreneurship and media literacy by engaging them in cross-border entrepreneurship courses, local and international workshops and exchange possibilities for students, teachers and coaches.

The project will organise both local and international business idea workshops to form cross-border teams based on similar business ideas. The teams will be coached in enhancing their business plan and in developing the necessary media and financial skills for the project. The teams will develop their business ideas mainly by using ICT tools but also during cross-border exchanges, under supervision of teachers and coaches.

During the project, approximately 20 joint student companies will be established. The networks of young participants created during their work with the joint student companies can become the starting point for new, creative and competitive cross-border companies in the future.

Lead parnter:
City of Pargas, Pargas, Finland

Project parnters:
Kinobuss NGO, Tallinn, Estonia
Young Voices in the Archipelago NGO, Kumlinge, Åland
Film on Gotland, Fårösund, Sweden
Film Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Kuressaare City Government, Kuressaare, Estonia
Saaremaa Development Centre, Kuressaare, Estonia
Associated partners:
Värmdö municipality, Gustavsberg, Sweden
Municipality of Kimitoön, Kimito, Finland

Central Baltic Student Enterprises without Borders

The objective of the CBEwB project is to have more entrepreneurial youth in the Central Baltic region. Until now the focus has been on local entrepreneurship education and it has been a challenge to support international activities. In the CBEwB project students take initiative in creating international student companies with students from other Central Baltic countries. Students meet, develop ideas, create and manage their companies and sell products together.

The project starts with a seminar where students get acquainted, find a common business idea and create the first EwB’s. The student company partners work closely together and visit trade fairs to sell their products. The companies are closed down in a year followed by an analysis of the used methods and their outcomes, leading to further developing the model. The project activities include training also for teachers and business mentors as well as producing learning materials.

During the project at least 50 international student companies are created. Altogether this will result in better teachers and more young people with CB networks and competence in international business. At least 300 students, 80 teachers and 50 mentors participate in the project.
Lead partner:
Junior Achievement Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia

Project partners:
Junior Achievement-Young Enterprise Latvia, Riga, Latvia
Junior Achievement Finland, Helsinki, Finland
Junior Achievement Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden