Kick off to entrepreneurship with pop up company

4 Participating countries:
Start: 01-09-2014 - End: 31-08-2016
Project Reference: 2014-1-FI01-KA202-000875
EC Grant: 183470 EUR

Programme: Erasmus+
Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training

Summary

Background of the Project
Appreciation of entrepreneurship in education does not only mean that vocational schools should educate future entrepreneurs. It is very important to educate entrepreneurial skills and attitude to vocational students in order to succeed also in general working life. Young vocational students fulfill many of entrepreneurial characteristics, but still there are lot to do to encourage young professionals to start new companies and succeed with them.

Objectives of the project
The main objectives of the project were following:
1) To create a new international, inspiring, practical and encouraging pedagogical model to learn entrepreneurship in vocational education
2) Get students to learn entrepreneurship by establishing international pop up restaurant
3) Increase the knowhow of culinary and food culture between different European cultures

While achieving the main objectives we permanently aimed to:
a. increase the cooperation of schools and students who have different main subject of studies in order to enable their future cooperation in business opportunities
b. to increase the international cooperation of business and schools in order to let students to learn entrepreneurial skills and behavior from business professionals in business environment and enable business professional to get future employees from different countries
c. to enable restaurant entrepreneurs from different countries to start new cooperation with each other in order to develop their skills and knowledge.

Profile of participants
In this project participating vocational schools represented fields of business studies (Helmi, Mercuria (Finland), Badalona (Spain) and restaurant services (Perho (Finland), Bardolino (Italy), Riga (Latvia). Also restaurant entrepreneurs from Finland, Spain and Latvia participated the project.

Activities and methodology
During this project we established pop up restaurant (open 2 days) in Helsinki Finland (01/2015), Badalona Spain (05/2015), Riga Latvia (01/2016) and Bardolino Italy (05/2016). In addition to three restaurant services schools Perho, Bardolino, Riga, also three business schools Helmi, Mercuria, Badalona and restaurant entrepreneurs from all participating cities participated in this project.

Workshops started from Helsinki, Finland where students established a pop up restaurant named “Mare Nostrum” during the project week (Workshop 1). Cuisine was Spanish specialities made by cook students and restaurant entrepreneurs from all participating countries and served by waiter students. Pop up restaurant “Mare Nostrum” was marketed by business students of participating countries.
This same concept was done in Spain (Workshop 2), Latvia (Workshop 3) and Italy (Workshop 4).
Students with guidance of restaurant entrepreneurs and teachers did a) planning b) establishing c) marketing d) selling e) evaluating of four pop up restaurants in four countries during the project. During the project we created a new international, inspiring, practical and encouraging pedagogical model to learn entrepreneurship in vocational education. In each workshop participated: 5 students and 2 teachers from each school and 1 restaurant entrepreneur/from Finland, Spain and Latvia (in total in each workshop: 30 students, 12 teachers and 3 restaurant entrepreneurs).

Results, envisaged impacts and potential longer term benefits
Tangible results
1. New international pop up curriculum model to study entrepreneurship
2. Pop up companies were established - students will be/were entrepreneurs
Direct impacts on students, teachers, company representatives, administrators, restaurant customers, partner schools.

Intangible results of the project were:
3. Increased knowhow of culinary and food culture between different European cultures (direct impact on all participants)
4. Increased national and international co-operation of schools and students who have different main subject of studies (Direct impact on students)
5. Increased the international cooperation of business and schools (direct impact on students, teachers, schools, company representatives)
6. Enabled restaurant entrepreneurs from different countries to start new cooperation with each other (direct impact on company representatives)
7. VET teachers learned new skills (direct impact on teachers)
8. (As a broader objective this project will impact the unemployment rate) (direct impact on students). This were not able to measure and verify.
During this project young people were inspired and encouraged to show their entrepreneurial skills and test what was it like to be an entrepreneur. As longer term benefit students who participated this project became more willing to be entrepreneurs as they got positive experience on it.

A PowerPoint presentation was made of the project results. The presentation can be viewed on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOyELMnz4ss

Results

Description

Pedagogical model was created: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOyELMnz4ss

Working as Entrepreneur 15 ECTS – module-5 Step – POP UP restaurant model

1. Assessment of own know-how (week1)

2. Assessment of business environment (week 2-3)

3. Clarifying the business idea and planning the action of the company (week 4-8)

4. Working in the pop up restaurant (week 9)

5. Vocational skills demonstration (week 9)


Description

During the project four pop up restaurants were established;

1st Pop Up restaurant in Helsinki, Finland,
Spanish pop up restaurant ´Mare Nostrum´ January 2015

2nd Pop Up restaurant in Badalona Spain,
Finnish pop up restautant ´Silmu` May 2015

3rd Pop up restaurant in Riga Latvia,
Italian pop up restaurant ´Mosaico` January 2016

4th Pop up restaurant in Bardolino Italy
Latvian pop up restaurant ´Amber´ May 2016


Contents
Description

Increase the knowhow of culinary and food culture between different European cultures:During the project restaurant entrepreneurs from Finland,Spain and Latvia worked as advisors for students with tasks related to food production,menu,food incredients etc.The restaurant entrepreneurs shared their knowledge and knowhow both to students and also to each other.Also the entrepreneurs learned a lot during the project.Entrepreneurs were very satisfied with the participation in the project even though it was not always easy,for example during each workshop week the entrepreneurs worked long hours.They all got to know new culinary and food ideas from other participating countries also from Italy even though there were no restaurant entrepreneur from Italy but the culinary school from Italy shared their knowledge about the Italian food culture also to the entrepreneurs.


Description


1) increase the cooperation of schools and students who had different main subject of studies in order to enable their future cooperation in business opportunities

2) to increase cooperation of business and schools in order to let students to learn entrepreneurial skills and behavior from business professionals in business environment and enable business professional to get future employees from different countries

3) to enable entrepreneurs from different countries to start new cooperation with each other in order to develop their skills and knowledge

All the original objectives mentioned above of the project were met at high extent


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Coordinator

Helmi Liiketalousopisto Oy

Latokartanontie 12, 00701
HELSINKI
Helsinki-Uusimaa
FI

Organisation type: School/Institute/Educational centre – Vocational Training (secondary level)

Partners

Haaga Instituutti -säätiö
Helsinki
Helsinki-Uusimaa
Organisation type: Foundation
SIA "ADEMONA", Restaurant "Kalku Varti"
Riga
Rīga
Organisation type: Accreditation, certification or qualification body
Kauppiaitten Kauppaoppilaitos Oy
VANTAA
Helsinki-Uusimaa
Organisation type: School/Institute/Educational centre – Vocational Training (secondary level)
Col·legi Badalonès, S.L.
Badalona
Cataluña
Organisation type: School/Institute/Educational centre – Vocational Training (tertiary level)
Nartreb, S.L.
Badalona
Organisation type: Small and medium sized enterprise
Riga Technical School of Tourism and Creative Industry
Riga
Rīga
Organisation type: School/Institute/Educational centre – Vocational Training (secondary level)
Zipuli Oy
Helsinki
Helsinki-Uusimaa
Organisation type: Small and medium sized enterprise
Istituto Professionale per i Servizi Alberghieri e della Ristorazione "Luigi Carnacina"
Bardolino
Veneto
Organisation type: School/Institute/Educational centre – Vocational Training (secondary level)

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