Start Up Hypothesis – Youth exchange in United Kingdom


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7-16 May 2019, United Kingdom
5 places open for Bulgarians

Start Up Hypothesis – Youth exchange in United Kingdom
7-16 May 2019
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Participating countries: UK, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Spain, Romania.
Deadline for applications: 20 March 2019

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This is a learning program. It requires full focus and participation.
Travel reimbursement is only sent to those who fully participate in all phases, including the follow-up and dissemination.

A traditional path for a young person was to finish education and find a job for life. A contemporary path is to start with international colleagues a social startup, that will make a positive impact.

Unlike most business entrepreneurs, who address current market deficiencies, social entrepreneurs tackle hypothetical, unseen or often less-researched issues. Social entrepreneur pursues novel applications that have the potential to solve community-based problems. These individuals are willing to take on the risk and effort to create positive changes in society through their initiatives.

Start Up Hypothesis is an Erasmus+ project to empower social entrepreneurship eco-system development and stimulate entrepreneurial learning of youngsters.

Project focus

  • To bring 30 long-term unemployed youngsters, aged 22 – 30 together and swap experiences of ‘social entrepreneurship in each partner country’
  • Enable youngsters to organise a social initiative in their surroundings, after the youth exchange.
  • Provide space to research, define and share best practices of going from unemployment to social entrepreneurship.
  • Reflect different realities regarding employability and social entrepreneurship in different European countries and cultures.
  • Learn entrepreneurial skillset by practicing, playing, experimenting, using various media forms and raising the hypothesis.
  • Learn how to find funds through fundraising activities, create a project, marketing and communication plan
  • To learn to define the need through debate and dialogue, create and measure a social impact in surrounding – group research and interviews.

Who should attend

You are young (22-30 years old), you are unemployed (preferably), and you are keen to make a positive impact through social entrepreneurship.

You are searching for a change, would like to learn by playing and experimenting in international teams, love travelling, care about nearby neighbourhood, local, regional, national and international communities and are eager to solve issues.

“In a start-up venture, all you have are untested hypotheses. You’re collecting data to gain insight and validate your hypothesis” Steve Blank, author and one of the creators of Lean startup concept

Methods used

  • Experiential and entrepreneurial learning through playing
  • Group dynamic processes, simulations and teamwork activities
  • Inputs from experts through non-formal education lectures and facilitated processes
  • Startup Hypothesis testing
  • Dynamic workshops and presentations
  • Outdoor and community assignments
  • Intercultural sharings, learnings and reflections
  • Learning by doing in a group setting or individual processes.

Delivery Style

“Learning by experience” – learning from experiencing different activities and putting them into practice;

“Learning to play, playing to learn” – connected with learning through games, from actions and playful environment;

“Learning through testing hypothesis” – building minimal viable product and getting out to test the prototype

“Learning with social entrepreneurship” – understanding community needs and following the entrepreneurship processes to address the issues.

In order to apply for Start Up Hypothesis project, you must be unemployed and 22-30 years old (except leaders) and a citizen of one of the partner countries.

Obligatory pre-departure meeting: TBA – to be announced and sent upon confirmation.
Come in person to learn about Smokinya, Erasmus+, this project, reimbursement and ask your questions.
Participation is obligatory, an option is to join via Skype / Hangouts apps.

Read more details in the infopack.

Important! Read carefully the info letter, it contains important details.
This is learning program funded by Erasmus+ programme.
That requires commitment. You will be asked to organise a follow-up activity after the program.
The program is intensive and challenging.
The program does NOT include cultural and touristic sightseeing.
Get to know all provided information in the info letter before you submit your application form.
Apply only when you know you want to participate and you have the dates of the training available.
Travel reimbursement is only sent to those who fully participate in all phases, including the follow-up and dissemination.
General applications are disregarded.

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More information: Info letter

This project is funded by Erasmus+ programme: accommodation, food, materials, the programme and the travel costs up to the maximum allowed amount are fully covered.

Maximum travel reimbursement for Bulgarians: 360 EUR per person.
Participation contribution to the project cost requested: 20 EUR paid in cash upon arrival at registration in place.

Smokinya Foundation operates thanks to hundreds of volunteering hours per month and donations.
We ask a contribution of 20 EUR (40 leva) from all confirmed applicants. That amount covers some of our administrative and organisational expenses. This amount is NON-REIMBURSABLE.

Apply by filling in the form: Application form.
Deadline for applications: 20 March 2019

Website of the organizer: Abroadship

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This program is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme to support education, training, youth and sport in of the European Union.

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Start Up Hypothesis – Youth exchange in United Kingdom