Advancing Inclusive Mentorship Programs for Higher Education Level
AIM supports university and employers in designing and introducing Inclusive Entrepreneurship Mentoring Model (“IEMM”) for university students, equipping them with the skillset necessary to transform innovative ideas into start-ups.
AIM combines the efforts of four partners, representing four regions of Europe – North (Sweden), South Western (Portugal), South Eastern (Bulgaria) and Central (Austria). The starting point of our joint effort is supporting university and partner organization’s staff in designing and introducing Inclusive Entrepreneurship Mentoring Model (“IEMM”) for university students, equipping them with the skillset necessary to transform innovative ideas into start-ups.
AIM is based on the understanding that providing university and partner organisations’ staff with tools and instruments for inclusive entrepreneurial mentorship models delivery will empower both groups of stakeholders to contribute effectively to the development of entrepreneurial skills of university students during their study period.
Our motivation is to contribute to increasing the percentage of university students realizing their entrepreneurial potential within 5 years after graduation.
The structure of IEMM is as follows:
1. Equip students with the skillset necessary to transform innovative ideas into a start-up;
2. High quality internships enabled by close collaboration and periodic alignment between universities and employers (industrial companies);
3. Mentorship and one-to-one feedback.
AIM targets university students who want to develop their ideas and transform them into a start-up. Within this group, it is emphasized that opportunities in entrepreneurship mentoring are open to everyone with an idea for a sustainable business, regardless of their background and characteristics.
In reaching out to diverse groups of students, it is expected that AIM will close the gaps on social and inclusion challenges brought about by immigration, amongst other issues.
On 07.11.2022, partners met for an online meeting to set the frame of project activities and agree on first key tasks to be implemented.
During the meeting we agreed also on our communication approach towards the diverse stakeholders in our project.
We are happy to announce that our project website is accessible in all partner languages and English.
The website is linked to a dedicated Facebook page, which allows us to build a strong online community in the following 2 years of our joint collaboration.
Monthly partner meetings
We meet regularly to ensure the design of our IEMM model is aligned to our national contexts, but also global trends in the field.
During our monthly meetings we plan concrete steps and monitor implementation.
International seminar: "Entrepreneurship and Mentoring: do you want to start-up?"
On 04th May in Gavle, Sweden we present first outcomes of our joint work. During this event experts from our partner organisation will deliver inspiring talks on topics focussing on internships for students, entrepreneurship and mentoring.
We place strong emphasis on presenting draft concept of our inclusive entrepreneurship mentoring model.
Date/Location: 4th May 10h45-12h15 @ University of Gävle, Location: Building 11460
For more information and registration, check out the event's website
Contact us to get more information on the project