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EU-China seminar on Youth entrepreneurship, 25-27 November 2013

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.

Day 1, 25 November 2013: Workshops

9:30 - 10.45 Opening Session:

  • Pascal Lejeune, Head of Unit of Youth, Directorate of Education and Culture
  • Chiara Gariazzo, Director Youth and Sport, Directorate Education and Culture
  • Li Jianmin, Mission of China to EU, Minister Counsellor responsible for Education, Culture and Youth

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

  • Sandra Kamilova, European Youth Forum: creating wider opportunities through dialogue between youth from different continents 
  • Xu Qiyuan, Deputy Director, Department of Global Macro-economics, Institute of World Economics and Politics, China Academy of Social Sciences (presentation)pdf(326 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
  • Andrea Gerosa,Think Young: Youth Entrepreneurship in China and the EU: a cross cultural study  (preliminary studypdf(491 kB) Choose translations of the previous link   and cross cultural analysis)pdf(667 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
  • Rapporteur:Mou Hui, Director Career Development Center, School of Economics Management, Beihang University

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)pdf(1.52 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link   

Introductory statements:

  • Georgi Dimitrov, directorate of Education and Culture: Towards a more entrepreneurial higher education (presentation)pdf(447 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
  • Liu Fan, associate Professor, China Youth University of Political Sciences; Deputy Director, Institute of KAB Research (presentation)pdf(10.42 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link 
  • Sabirul Islam, Young entrepreneur: Learning from youth in developing nations  
  • Elgar Beumer, Enactus: Skills and competence development through social entrepreneurship  (presentation)pdf(400 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
  • Rapporteur: Euchar Sultana, Young Business Entrepreneurs

Day 2, 26 November 2013: Field Studies

  • 9:00 Departure from Hotel
  • 09:30 – 11:30 Visit to Vlerick Business School, Entrepreneurial learning of young people
  • Lecture by Hans Crijns on entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship; presentation by Kim Swyngedouw of Vlerick’s new China programme
  • 14:30 – 16:00 Visit to Zuiddag NGO, Project promoter of a youth project
  • Presentation of the «school helping development» project which started in 2006 combining social entrepreneurship, school and company cooperation and development aid and which resulted in a NGO start-up, managed and driven by young people

Day 3, 27 November 2013: Workshops

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

Introductory statements:

  • Adam Purvis, Power of Youth: Mapping the future of Generation Z (presentation)pdf(2.05 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link 

  • Eve Päärendson, European Economic and Social Committee: Support services for boosting cross-border entrepreneurship (presentation)pdf(717 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

  • Tian Xiaofei, Deputy Secretary-General of China Association of Young Rural Entrepreneurial Leaders (presentation)pdf(506 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

  • 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

Introductory statements:

  • Xie Jihua, Executive Secretary-General, Shanghai Yangpu Office, Youth Business China, Ying Foundation (presentation)pdf(772 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

  • Stephanie Mitchell, Deputy Head of Unit, Department Enterprise and Industry: Best practices – mentoring, coaching, mobility (presentation)pdf(576 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

  • Adriana Anchidin, President of JADE: Creating the right environment to foster entrepreneurship in young people (presentation)pdf(1.37 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link 

  • 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)pdf(1.85 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link 

  • 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

  • Chair: Pascal Lejeune, Head of Unit Youth, Directorate of Education and Culture, European Commission 
  • General Rapporteur: David Bozward, Enterprise for Entrepreneur (presentation)doc(142 kB)






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