Name of the project: “Young Entrepreneurs for Social Development” Youth Exchange
Date: 02nd till 09th February 2022
City/Country: Budapest, Hungary.
What was the main topic of the event?
Janno Kivi – Entrepreneurship
Lady Andrea Olarte – Entrepreneurship.
Liis Randmae – Entrepreneurship.
Marta Kolde – Entrepreneurship.
Signe Oja – Entrepreneurship.
Tuule Laansoo – Entrepreneurship.
What was the biggest learning moments on the event for you?
Janno Kivi – Learning how to sell and construct my ideas.
Lady Andrea Olarte – It was great to learn about entrepreneurship in each of your countries and additionally we had the opportunity to work and pitch our ideas to others and practice in real life how to present our business if we were looking for investors. We also had an expert in the field coming to talk with us about how to set up a company and what to take into account.
Liis Randmae – One of the biggest learnings was to understand how easy it actually is in Estonia to become an entrepreneur compared to other countries. Also re-learned the importance of intuition and value-based actions.
Marta Kolde – Learned about social skills for starting a business in my country as well as abroad.
Signe Oja – The biggest learning point for me was finding out about all the business opportunities in other participant countries. Made me realise that in Estonia we have very good conditions for starting your own business.
Tuule Laansoo – Seeing how people from completely different cultures and backgrounds can come together with ease and create so many learning opportunities as well as a safe and inclusive space for everybody.
Do you have any plans to continue active in the field? If yes, what?
Janno Kivi – I hope to start a business one day
Lady Andrea Olarte – Yes! I have always been interested in social entrepreneurship and I would like to start my own business one day, perhaps focused on environmental issues.
Liis Randmae – I would like to be more entrepreneural in general and create some self-awareness learning opportunities for youngsters.
Marta Kolde – I do. I want to start my own company and to franchise it throughout Europe.
Signe Oja – Yes, I got some very good ideas for developing a great business back in Estonia.
Tuule Laansoo – Yes, I do, this was my second youth exchange with the same topic and I intend to learn even more about it and hopefully pursue a future in that field. This project was extra special because next to learning a lot about entrepreneurship through different activities, the trainer also took time to teach us how to reflect on ourselves, our passions, hopes and dreams. Thanks to that, I feel more competent in the field of social entrepreneurship purely because I know more about myself and my strengths.
Would you recommend it to your friends? I yes, why? If not, why not?
Janno Kivi – You will make new friends, get to see an amazing city and become a lot smarter
Lady Andrea Olarte – I would recommend. It is amazing to get to know people from other countries, learn about their cultures and have a real exchange. Also, it is a great opportunity to get out of your comfort zone, travel and learn many amazing skills that can be used in our personal life’s and careers.
Liis Randmae – Yes for sure! It was a great opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship, meet new people, get to know different ways of thinking and also finding similarities between everyone because despite the culture and environment we are all still humans with same basic needs.
Marta Kolde – Yes. Well planned, got the help I needed when I needed it. It was a very memorable experience.
Signe Oja – Yes, because it is a fun way to learn about new things and also make friends from all over Europe.
Tuule Laansoo – Yes, 100% yes, an Erasmus+ youth exchange is something I think every young person should try at least once in their lives. Even if you learn that the Erasmus+ world it isn’t for you, you learn a lot about yourself through how people with different cultural backgrounds perceive you. In my experience – people tend to see so many positive things in you and thanks to the inclusive and safe space created, they are not afraid to let you in on those amazing things about yourself. All in all, Erasmus+ is just a lot of lovely people coming together with a lot of love to give 🙂
This Project was financed by European Commission’s Erasmus + Programme