On November 16th, 1818 Parallel-Silistra NPC jointly with Bulgarian and Romanian partners held an Innovation Camp in the Cross-border Region Silistra – Calarasi under the project “Entrepreneurship for Youth Labor Mobility”, financed by INTERREG 2014-2020 Romania – Bulgaria Program.
The event is organized for the second consecutive year, this time at the regional level with the support of the Regional Education Administration – Silistra.
Students from “Atanas Burov” University of Agriculture and Forestry – Silistra, “Hristo Botev” University – Tutrakan, Vasil Levski University – Dulovo, Vasil Levski University – Glavinitsa, “Nikola Vaptsarov” – Sredishte and PGSS – in 5 “color” teams, offered different ideas for starting a small business in the field of culture and ethno-traditions. The young entrepreneurs, consulted by business mentors, impressed the jury and the audience with the presentation of their ideas – from making costumes, organizing a folk crafts festival, establishing a tour operator company for cultural tourism to educational seminars “Learning about Ethnicity through Art”.
The jury – Chairman Mr. Georgi Georgiev, owner of the company for alternative energy sources Energo BG Ltd., owning a patent for solar collector; Dr. Diana Bebenova – Nikolova, Chairperson of the Parallel-Silistra NGO and Project Coordinator, and Ms. Maya Grigorova, Senior Inspector of Vocational Education, RUM – Silistra, had the difficult task to evaluate the presentations of the teams on the following criteria: innovative idea, customer and partner relationships, contact channels, cost structure, and revenue stream.
The ‘Pink Flamingo’ team were considered the winners with the idea of selling ethno souvenirs for the specific and detailed business plan. The ‘Red Devils’ came second with the idea of educational seminars combined with art and a walk along the Danube, and the ‘Greens’ won the third place with the slogan “Europe and the traditions – returning to them”, behind which they developed the idea of producing and selling national costumes of different ethnicities in the union. Of course, there were awards for everyone, as well as certificates for participation in the innovation camp.
The Innovation Camp marks the end of a series of activities devoted to the joint Bulgarian-Romanian educational scheme “Entrepreneurship without Borders”. This model promotes not only entrepreneurial education, but also foreign language learning in Bulgarian and Romanian languages as well as practical exchange activities and cooperation with the business community in the cross-border region.
The event is part of the information campaign under the project “Entrepreneurship for Youth Labor Mobility”, financed by the program INTERREG 2014-2020 Romania – Bulgaria. The project aims to improve the employability of young people in the labor market and to make them more mobile when looking for work in the cross-border region. The project activities started on June 20, 2017 and will continue until December 20, 2018. For their performance the NGO ‘Parallel-Silistra’ P is partnering with the ‘Atanas Burov’ Vocational School of Economics in Silistra and the Romanian partners from Calarasi: the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, The School of Economics and the Partners 2000 Association.