The African German Entrepreneurship Academy (AGEA)
One important way of sustaining and extending the iN4iN Africa Network was to come up with a new project. In this vein, the African-German Entrepreneurship Academy (AGEA) was conceived. This is an extension based on the argument that the iN4iN Africa Network were only universities. The project will run for a period of four years (2017-2020). Similar to the erstwhile iN4iN Africa Network, the current AGEA project is generously supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
The main objective of the AGEA is to take our iN4iN Africa activities to the next quality level by creating the conditions that will enable more universities in Africa to establish Entrepreneurial Education Programs and Entrepreneurship Support Centres After having trained universities in different parts of Africa through the iN4iN Africa Network, two universities have been chosen as hubs to connect with other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), business and business associations within and across respective countries. These two universities are the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana and INES-Ruhengeri, Rwanda. Furthermore the AGEA project will included businesses and business associations in Germany, Ghana and Rwanda. The inclusion of associations AGEA widens the iN4iN Africa Network, allowing new approaches to sustainability at the university and business levels.
Vocation-oriented Innovative Transformation to Unlock Resources’ for Employability (VOITURE)
One on-going socio-economic challenge faced by Tunisia is the increasing massification of the higher education sector and the lack of creation of jobs corresponding to actual market needs. About one third (30%) of young graduates who complete a university degree end up unemployed or end up seeking opportunities suitable to their qualifications outside their home country (‘brain drain’ impact). Among others, the main cause of the high unemployment rate of graduates is due to the mismatch of increasing demand for skilled labour. Willing to address the problems surrounding employability among Tunisian graduates with the aim to support University-Business-Partnerships between higher education institutions and business partners in Germany and developing countries, the project partners of VOITURE aim to bundle forces and know-how in the field of Lean Six Sigma, Innovation Management and Change Management to improve and optimize given resources by building up state-of-the-art capabilities and sustainable cooperation structures that allow implementation of countermeasures to the current skill mismatch development.
MELBU - More Entrepreneurial Life at Bangladeshi Universities
The project puts emphasis on sustainability in entrepreneurship promotion in Khulna district. Overall goal of is to promote the culture of entrepreneurship at selected Bangladeshi Universities in order to provide students with proper skills and knowledge to prepare them for starting their own business as one of possible career paths as well as introduce entrepreneurial skills as a personal qualification.
MELBU project partners will also establish support structures at each Bangladeshi partner Universities in form of Entrepreneurship Courses, Entrepreneurship Centers and a regional Entrepreneurship promotion network to supply young entrepreneurs with valuable network contacts on a national and international level. It is also planned to develop a Crowdsourcing platform as an important tool for start-ups in a variety of areas. The project partner are Maritime University of Szczecin, Khulna University, Khulna University of Engineering & Technology, Jessore University of Science and Technology, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University, North Western University, Northern University of Business and Technology Khulna.
Iran Innovates - Innovation through education (IRI)
The aim of the project Iran Innovates IRI is to initiate innovation processes in vocational training in Iran. Demand-oriented vocational training programs will be developed in this project that give graduates the skills to identify processes of their companies that can be improved, as well as adapting products, services, and business models to the demands of the current market. In collaboration with the ZAW (Zentrum für Aus-und Weiterbildung Leipzig GmbH), awareness is created amongst Iranian vocational training providers about demand-driven vocational and further training. New programs are developed together, as well as enabling the local trainers to conduct workshops themselves. A further education program being developed in IRI is the Industrial Change agent. Here Iranian employees and students who have completed their vocational training are qualified as change agents for innovation and change in businesses. The research component of IRI investigates the potential of integrating dual vocational training in Iran and the opportunities for collaborating with German partners. In addition, the future role of employees with vocational training within the Iranian innovation system is highlighted and further recommendation are made.
Certified Innovation Manager Trainings in Costa Rica
In 2011, iN4iN worked in a middle-term cooperation schema together with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications of Costa Rica with the purpose of developing the innovation competencies of different actors of the private sector, as well as, promotion and support organizations from both, governmental and private institutions. The objectives of the cooperation included the development of innovation management capabilities, and the development of implementable innovation projects by the participating companies and organizations.
The National Technical University of Costa Rica (UTN) is our local academic partner. In 2011 iN4iN trainers provided the first edition of our Certified Innovation Manager (CIM) Training in San Jose. Since then, every year our experts visit Costa Rica to provide the training, sometimes more than once a year. In 2016, iN4iN finished successfully the 10th edition of this training. We believe that all these years of an active cooperation with our partner, UTN, clearly demonstrate the satisfaction of the participants and our partner, with our training.
Fostering Entrepreneurship at European Universities
More Entrepreneurial Life at European Schools (MELES) is a project developed by a group of European Universities located in Poland, Portugal, Greece and Germany. This initiative started in 2014 and its primary goal is to introduce in the curriculum of these educational institutions elements in order to provide entrepreneurial skills and knowledge in this field. The project is implemented in the departments that have little experience in teaching entrepreneurship or do not have any experience at all.
MELES allows both, students and teachers, to develop skills that have so far been neglected in the curriculum. In addition, it fosters the cooperation between higher education institutions with a variety of fields of study. Moreover, it introduces unconventional and innovative methods of teaching, displacing the traditional approach of the teaching process. Two summer schools were developed as part of this project. Each summer school had as participants 30 students from all partner universities. The first summer school was in Greece in 2015 and the second in Portugal in 2016.
SME Development Training – Train the Trainer Program
Entrepreneurship and SME development are considered as drivers of sustainable social and economic development of a country. Nevertheless, entrepreneurship is not a natural career path in a country like Saudi Arabia for a variety of reasons, which are deeply rooted in the social structure, belief and practices of the country. Therefore, stimulating entrepreneurship requires focused and sustained efforts from private and public sectors as well as social influencers.
With this objective in mind, the Saudi Credit and Savings Bank (SCSB) initiated a timely and comprehensive program to support SMEs and enhance their survival rate and productivity. Having completed the program design, SCSB selected ETSC to kick start the Business Fundamentals program, and to establish and operate the Riyadh Business Center (RBC). ETSC worked in collaboration with the GIZ to address some of the key objectives of the RBC and the Business Fundamentals program. iN4iN took part of this project and implemented on behalf of GIZ International Services a train the trainers program.