The EU-China seminar on youth entrepreneurship, organised by the European Commission and the All China Youth Federation, took place on 25-27 November 2013 in Brussels as a follow-up activity of the EU-China High Level People-to-People Dialogue and the EU-China Year of Youth.
The seminar allowed continuing EU-China youth policy dialogue and focussed on the exchange of experiences and good practice examples on youth entrepreneurship in the EU and in China. 60 participants from the EU and China discussed topics such as individual kills and competences, framework conditions for entrepreneurship, the development of social networks and the value added of EU-China cooperation. The event was complemented by field studies in form of a visit to a Youth in Action project and a lecture from an academia on Social entrepreneurship.
Find below the agenda of the conference including speeches, presentations and videos that were given during the different sessions.
9:30 - 10.45 Opening Session:
11.15 - 12.30 Presentation of initiatives and good practice examples in favour of young entrepreneurship by EU and China
14.30 - 16.00 Workshop 1: Value-added of EU-China cooperation: networking, start-up opportunities, business spin-offs of research projects.
Moderator: Liu Kai, Deputy Director, International Department, ACYF
16:30 – 18:00 Workshop 2: Individual skills and competences for entrepreneurship: entrepreneurial learning, financial literacy, transversal skills, e.g. creative problem solving, group leadership, opportunity seeking.
Moderator: Elin McCallum,Directorate of Education and Culture (presentation)
9:30 - 11.00 Framework conditions for entrepreneurship: access to finance, support structures for businesses, simplification of administrative procedures, information about social security systems, access to business incubators.
Moderator:Floor Van Houdt, Deputy Head of Unit, Directorate of Education and Culture
Adam Purvis, Power of Youth: Mapping the future of Generation Z (presentation)
Eve Päärendson, European Economic and Social Committee: Support services for boosting cross-border entrepreneurship (presentation)
Tian Xiaofei, Deputy Secretary-General of China Association of Young Rural Entrepreneurial Leaders (presentation)
Rapporteur: Paddy Hennelly, National Youth Council of Ireland
11.30 - 13.00 Workshop 4: Development of Social Networks and Inspiration for entrepreneurship: support, assistance and advice by youth organisations, support for new ideas (through e.g. youth projects), specific training for future entrepreneurs, networking and participation, intergenerational solidarity.
Moderator:Wang Tuo, President, Sino-German Ecopark Development Co
Xie Jihua, Executive Secretary-General, Shanghai Yangpu Office, Youth Business China, Ying Foundation (presentation)
Stephanie Mitchell, Deputy Head of Unit, Department Enterprise and Industry: Best practices – mentoring, coaching, mobility (presentation)
Adriana Anchidin, President of JADE: Creating the right environment to foster entrepreneurship in young people (presentation)
Loredana Dicsi, VIEWS International: VIP Building bridges between Europe and China through Intercultural Dialogue
Li Luyao, Zhangcheng Blind Massage Professional Training School: The engine of a new start (presentation)
Rapporteur: Xu Ge, Editor-in-chief, Youth Entrepreneurs Weekly, China Youth Daily, Deputy Secretary - General, National Promotion Office, KAB Program (Know about Business)
15.00 Closing session and wrap-up: conclusions of the seminar and possible recommendations for future actions and cooperation
General Rapporteur: David Bozward, Enterprise for Entrepreneur (presentation)