The training course for the „I’ve Got The Power To Be Entrepreneur“ project was held from October 8th to October 14th 2013 in the town of Dobrinishte. The training team is international, gathering trainers from Bulgaria and Italy, with experience in non formal education, experts in the field of team building, organizational development, effective communication, entrepreneurship, coaching, improvisational theatre. The project reviews the opportunities for creating new jobs and including young people in the public and economic life of their country. Entrepreneurship, as a main subject of the training, was presented through the topics of leadership and teamwork, effective communication, business modeling and planning, successful presenting, etc.
In the context of the national and European priorities and programs, the participants began by discussing the reasons and consequences, for young people and society, of the disturbingly high level of youth unemployment, shared their countries’ and organizations’ experience in handling the problem, by researching and presenting local and national employment policies.
The training aimed to give the participants new competences, necessary for a fruitful inclusion in the labor market, to foster the entrepreneurial spirit of youths, to develop personal and professional skills, to provide tools for self-analysis and self-evaluation, which can be used as a basis for more realistic planning of their future realization, to master practical business tools, through which they can turn their idea in a real business venture, as well as develop it and present a project proposal, to find financing through programs and projects.
In addition, the training aimed to raise the awareness of young organization leaders and future entrepreneurs for the EU’s policies for supporting entrepreneurial ideas, searching for and finding investors, as well as suitable programs and projects for financing, etc.
The topics of leadership as self-affirmation, effective communication and business modeling were defined by the participants as key factors for the success of future entrepreneurs and youth leaders, both at an individual and organizational level. The youth leaders shared experience from completed projects, trainings on business skills and entrepreneurship, managing social services in their places of residence, and underlined the importance of interaction and coordination between civic organizations, target groups, local governments, educational institutions, business and media for solving the problems of youth unemployment.