EIT RawMaterials & JA Europe: Fostering innovation-driven entrepreneurship in the raw materials sector in schools and universities
EIT RawMaterials continues the successful partnership with JA Europe to bring innovation and creativity into universities and schools in Bulgaria, Finland, Hungary and Slovenia in the academic year 2019-2020. Young people will be mentored by professional business volunteers in innovation camps and in the classroom and will be empowered to come up with solutions to the challenges of the raw materials industry in Europe, developing the skills to turn innovative ideas into real opportunities in this sector.
The programme has two parts:
- Innovation Camps: a one-day interactive event where students work in teams mentored by professional volunteers to come up with solutions to challenges related to raw materials set by EIT RawMaterials, partner companies and the local JA organisation.
- Company Programme (secondary schools) or Start-up Programme (universities): an entrepreneurship education programme in which students have the opportunity to run their own companies.
A Student Company is a ‘practice’ company founded by students during their studies. A Student Company operates with real money, selling tangible products and services to their customers. Through a Student Company, the students gain a picture of how an entrepreneur works, and the programme equips students with skills important in working life. Participants become familiar with the basic terminology of entrepreneurship and business and they learn how to build and analyse their own business ideas. They also get a chance to try them out in practice.
We are looking for mentors!
Be yourself and share your knowledge and experience with student teams a few times over the academic year. A mentor is expected to spend about 5-10 hours on their tasks during a term. All that is needed is enthusiasm, life experience and willingness to assist the students’ learning and entrepreneurship. Mentors can expect to meet with their teams approximately five times between autumn 2019 and summer 2020, but you can meet more or less often, in person or online as works for you.