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"Emprender para Incluir II” (Startups/entrepreneurs for social inclusion)
Organisation : Fundación Cepaim Acción Integral con Migrantes , Spain

Emprender para Incluir II” (Startups for social inclusion) is an educational project that aims to develop and implement business projects carried out by young people, aged 16 and older, in formal educational centers of Social Economy. The main objective is to foster the Entrepreneurial Culture and the Social Economy among the participants through experiential workshops based on methodologies in which participants learn by doing. This project has been developed in different territories of the Region Murcia (Spain). It should be noted that this project is in line with Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations, specifically SDG 4, “Quality Education

Agendas addressed
Social inclusion and integration
Pathways followed
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
Context
Teams are divided into departments as if they were a social cooperative. They work to achieve their

Entrepreneurship projects developed within the framework of social economy, involve the integration of values ​​that require skills such as teamwork, responsibility, democratic participation, relations of equality, equity and solidarity. Therefore, entrepreneurial education has to link with pedagogical models that include cooperative learning, by paying special attention to the educational, social and cultural diversity of their participants. According to the MECD (Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports), Spain is the second country in the European Union in educational failure, with a rate of 19% of young people between 18 and 24 years. In the case of the region of Murcia, the rate of early educational youngsters leaving during the last academic year 2017-2018, was 26.4%, which makes it as the second worst place in Spain

In Action
Logo design and name of the Cooperatives created

The aim of this project is to promote the entrepreneurial culture and the social economy among students from 16 above, by developing the necessary skills and by drawing special attention to their educational, social and cultural diversity while preventing exclusion factors and social problems that may affect participants. Throughout the project, participants have designed and set up student companies within the regulated educational centers of social economy and their unions or federations.

From May 2018 to December 31, 2020 (two academic years) the following activities would have been developed:

1. Information and recruitment of the agents involved in the three territories. Presentation of materials and methodology.

2. Review, adaptation and printing of the pedagogical materials of the 2017 pilot project in order to design the new materials of the 2018-2020 project (second edition).

3. Customized entrepreneurship training for the technical team and teachers.

4. Teaching and development of the project in the classroom.

5. Advice and support in the creation of the proposed business projects.

6. Evaluation and analysis of the results obtained during the EPI II (academic years 18-19 and 19-20)

7. Closing day (presentation of the projects)

We have participated in several networking events and round-table meetings with social and private entities, by working on plans and entrepreneurship programs under the coordination of the Agency for Local Development and Employment of the City Council of Cartagena. We have the support of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, The General Direction of Diversity Awareness and Educational Quality of the Autonomous Community of Murcia and the City Councils of Murcia and Cartagena.

Moreover, several collaboration agreements with leading entities in the field of entrepreneurship have been signed and we have received joint financing from Bankia and Fundación Cajamurcia.

Link below:

https://www.laverdad.es/murcia/bankia-fundacion-cajamurcia-20190702154528-nt.html

Results
Lego sessions: building by thinking, creativity and problem solving

During the development of the project, we have foreseen the following execution and results data in the period 2018-2020:

Execution as of December 31, 2020:

- Direct participants: 404 people.

- With Disability and / or at risk of exclusion: 70.

- Business projects developed: 16

In addition to these execution data, several entrepreneurship training activities will be developed. Also, the professionals of EPI II (Emprender para incluir II) will continue their training program. Besides, they will carry out specific actions of promotion and awareness for social economy and entrepreneurship.

Results as of December 31, 2020:

- Number of startups or student companies created / developed under social economy formulas: 12.

- Number of participants in startups or students companies of social economy: 202

Impact

The aim of this project is to promote the entrepreneurial culture and the social economy among students from 16 years old above by developing the necessary skills and by drawing attention to their educational, social and cultural diversity while preventing exclusion factors and social problems that may affect participants. Throughout the project, participants have designed and set up (startups) student companies within the regulated educational centers of the social economy and their unions or federations.

The first impact on the training in entrepreneurial skills since it will have an impact on the socio-economic future of these young people, as well as on the promotion of social economy as a mechanism for local, sustainable and territorial development.

The forecast of people trained in entrepreneurial skills for 2018-2020 will be 404. 202 people will have actively participated in the development of social economy business plans.

All the results will be measured by using the following documentation and materials:

- Project entry templates together with the relevant documentation (ID- Foreigner Identification Number, authorizations for people under 18, and certificates of disability in the case of disabled people).

- EPI II activity sign templates.

- Minutes of meetings and entities templates.

- Audiovisual material. Activity dossier

- Copies of Business Plans and Canvas.

- Quality questionnaires.

In addition, every 6 months, some technical and economic follow-up project reports will be presented. The Cepaim Foundation has been certified with the ISO 9001: 2015.  The entire execution and result data are exploited on the corporate intranet.

Challenges and lessons learned
Working on the CANVAS model

The challenges of this project are:

- Show that entrepreneurial education is necessary to be addressed at an early age.

- Encourage entrepreneurship and social economy among young people.

- Promote associations among young people.

With the development of the project, we want to show the entities and centers involved that we can educate in a different experiential way, by developing competencies and capabilities for their future working life. The aim of this social project is related to sustainable development, paying special attention to the equality of opportunities between men and women while taking care of the environment

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