Mini-companies: cultivating entrepreneurial initiative at school
To meet the challenge of economic growth and employment, the European Union needs more successful and innovative companies, and more people who set up their own businesses. With that aim in mind, the European Commission has drawn up a number of recommendations aimed at promoting entrepreneurship in the educational system. The creation of mini-companies managed by pupils in secondary schools is one of the measures suggested by the Commission. Setting up, innovating, organising and managing: through their participation in a mini-business project, pupils learn to develop skills that will help them to become tomorrow's entrepreneurs.
In northern Spain, pupils in the small town of Cudillero were involved during an entire school year in the setting up and management of a mini import-export and sales company. In Tsirguliina, Estonia, young people created a mini-firm that produces and sells an anti-stress computer mouse.
In practice, the pupils had to determine the company's objectives, give it a name, design a logo, obtain financing, create the different departments (administration, finance, marketing, etc.) and manage it on a daily basis for a year.
We put together the story of the mini-companies created and run by these Spanish and Estonian pupils. They present and explain their project, the role they played and what they got out of it. The documentary also contains the reactions of representatives of the local administration and school system, and of political officials from the Member States and the European Commission. SHOTLIST