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What happened in the Czech Republic: ESBD project part 2



Kirjoittanut: Seungyeon Shin - tiimistä SYNTRE.

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Written by  Flora Lang, Seungyeon Shin & Jemina Pennanen

 

3.3. The Happiness Report

What is Happiness report and why we wanted to talk about it at the Festival? Let’s focus a little bit about the history of The Happiness report and why it has created in the first place. 

 

The Happiness report is created In 2011 when the United Nations general Assembly adopted resolution called Happiness. This way they invited member countries to measure the happiness of their people and to use the data to help guide public policy. Every year about 1000 respondents answer a survey that contains articles and rankings of national happiness, based on respondent ratings of their own lives, which the report also correlates with various(quality of) life factors. Respondents get asked to rate their current life on a scale from 0-10 (10 best, 0 worst). (World Happiness Report, 2023)

 

In the Happiness Report there is six certain key factors. By these factors is determinate the happiness of people in their home country. 

The six main key factors are:

  • Social support
  • Income
  • Health
  • Absence of Corruption
  • Freedom
  • Generosity

 

“The happiness report doesn’t depend on your bank balance, looks, material possessions, your job or your spouse’s job. It comes from within – from your sense of purpose in life, your self-esteem, your gratitude for what your have and love of family and friends.” (World Happiness Report, 2023)

Figure 6. The Happiness ranking of top 23 countries in 2023. (Research Luxembourg)

 

But why we want to talk about the happiness report? What does it having to do with entrepreneur culture and mindset? Not only the fun fact that Finland is on the first place on the happiness report, but people often seem to get things mixed up what does the happiness report means and how its affecting to the culture of a country. The higher the country is in the report it means that the country is satisfied for their being in that country. So the higher you are in the report that creates a base for people in that country where basic needs are met. 

 

So here comes the reason of speaking about this subject. When your basic needs are met you have better tools to go further with your self expression. You have more encouraging environment to start working example with your own business and ideas. Usually people who are entrepreneurs want to get something more outside of the box that they could not accomplish when being in “normal” Day work, Monday-Friday.

 

Entrepreneurial mindset is that we want more although we have things that makes us happy and satisfied but we don’t want to settle on that. We wanted to wake up Czech students to start thinking about what entrepreneurial mindset is and why you should think like entrepreneur. Do you want to get more or do you want to settle to something. 

 

Also the entrepreneurial mindset is that you make things happen by yourself and you have all the power the make things happen if you want to. It all depends on yourself. So why wait for someone else to make things happen by somebody else.

 

Jemina told at the festival why she wanted to become an entrepreneur and what drives her to work towards her passion and dreams:

 

“What drives me? The possibility that I have given in my home country. I have every tools to express myself as an entrepreneur and every time I tell people that I want to be an entrepreneur people answer that it’s really cool and admirable and that hype also drives me forward. I want to accomplish a lot in my life and being an entrepreneur gives me the possibility to all those dreams to become true someday“.

 

We also showed in the presentation different diagrams about Corruption, Freedom of the press and Equality in working life:

 

Figure 7. (Globalis.fi)

Figure 8. (Globalis.fi)

Figure 9. (Globalis.fi)

 

  1. EntreComp: European Entrepreneurship Competence Framework

4.1. Entrecomp session of the Finnovation Day

 

The reason why we wanted to bring EntreComp was simply because of what Robert said to us. We asked him what impressed him most about Proakatemia and he mentioned the proactivity of the Proakatemia teampreneurs. He empathized that it is not about someone coming and telling you how to have an entrepreneurial mindset, it is about action.

 

There was a need to clarify what is meant by entrepreneurial mindset and entrepreneurship, and EntreComp was a good tool to introduce to define them. EntreComp is a free and open source that was published by the European Commission in 2016. EntreComp defines entrepreneurship as “to act upon opportunities and ideas to create social, cultural or financial value for others”. At a basic level, EntreComp consists of 3 competence areas: Into Action, Ideas & Opportunities,and Resources (European Commission, n.d.). Each of which contains 5 competencies that individuals can use to discover and act on opportunities.So why is it important? Because it can be used in many ways, not only for those who want to be entrepreneurs, but also in formal education, training, non-formal learning, employment and business. EntreComp sees entrepreneurship competence as a competence for life (McCallum, Elin, et al. 2018)

 

Figure 10. EntreComp (European Commission n.d.)

 

After introducing basics of EntreComp, we shared our experiences gained regarding EntreComp competencies from Proakatemia. Many people in Proakatemia say that you learn about yourself a lot. What kind of working style do I have, what kind of leader or team member am I, what are my weaknesses and strengths you have, and etc.

 

The first skill is ethical and sustainable thinking. We are learning how to do business sustainably, and how to take a long-term view. We put a lot of emphasis on how to work more in a healthy way without burning out.

 

The second skill would be working in a team where there are a lot of different people than you, which is not easy. There is so much frustration and conflict, but it is worth going through it. To be able to do that, we have to learn how to exchange feedback and that’s how we learn to work with others.

 

And then a practical exercise was given with an instruction:

 

  • 1st exercise, make learnings visible. Try to answer these questions based on EntreComp: What did learn? What did you see others (your colleagues or your teammates) learn?What could have been learned? Missed opportunities for learning?
  • Then divide into small groups and share your individual thoughts
  • 2nd exercise, select one of the 15 main EntreComp competencies. What does it mean to you? Then look at the more detailed description of that competency and their criteria and answer the following:
  • Discuss your findings and reflections in a small group

Participants were able to learn not only about what EntreComp is, but also about their own entrepreneurial skills. 

 

4.2 Learning from Entrecomp

 

We also wanted to share our thoughts and learn about entrecomp petals. We each picked one topic out of those petals and tell our own little story what is our biggest learning from that petal and subject. 

 

Flora

Valuing ideas

When it comes to this project, my main development area needs to be valuing ideas.

I am usually very critical of my ideas and others’ as well. I like to stay close to the ground and look at logical and feasible options. 

 

When planning the Finnovation day and the festival in general, I was many times questioning whether we were aiming too high. During this project, I learned that without aiming high and potentially failing there is no real development. By not playing inside the box, we let ourselves be creative. At the same time, we could always adjust if we went overboard, not the other way around, however. 

 

Jemina

Spotting opportunities

When thinking about Entrecomp petals my eyes first stops at the spotting opportunities petal. I’ve learned about spotting opportunities that you should always have your eyes very open for any opportunities and bravely jump into also scary and completely new situations. Also those ones that you don’t have any experience before. 

 

“You’ll never know what you can achieve if you never try”, that’s my power sentence and what drives me to go out of my comfort zone and to take brave steps towards things. If you want to achieve things you have to also do a lot of things and try spreading your wings.

 

Usually what stops us doing things is fears of failing. Don’t think about before you start or jump into something new that what will happen if I fail or something goes wrong. Be interested about things and have interested mind towards things. Think about everything you can achieve from that opportunity and what you can learn. Even tho from fails you can learn and I think that failing is on its own way a privilege. 

 

  1. Project Fair

 

Afternoon part of the Finnovation day we had was a little project fair for University students. In the project fair we had different companies from Proakatemia and a few ones from Czech Republic presenting their companies and physical products if they had some. The project fair concept came up, because we wanted to bring Czech students a concrete examples of Proakatemia projects and companies. 

 

The project fair happened in a way, that we had two spaces separated. One bigger space had stage where were the speakers and in the half time students got time getting to know Finnish and Czech companies and Proakatemia projects. We also contacted companies outside Proakatemia and asked them to join partners of the project fair but we didn’t get them this time. 

 

Partners presentation worked in the way, that we had tables and computers for all the partners. On the computer there was companies info or specific presentation and students could walk around the tables and seek companies presentation and get info about that company.  At the same time the students could talk with each other and do networking. Some companies had also flyers.

 

As we were traveling to another country and we didn’t have that much space in our suitcases so that’s why we did have computers and few flyers. We would have get some more physical items to the trip (example outside game) but space and weight limit was the biggest problem to get the items with us. 

 

But the project fair was a big success. The students told us that the project fair was really fun concept, because they didn’t have any clue beforehand about any of the showed project on that day. Also it was fun and chill extra for the day. 

 

Figure 11. Visualization photo of the Project Fair concept. we had about 13 partners.

  1. Motorola

 

What went well:

 

Overall, the festival happened. We stressed a little do we have enough time that we are ready for the festival and is Czech side ready for the festival but we were and it happened so the goal happened. We actively got the whole agenda for our part of the festival done and presented in 2 months. 

 

What we learned and what we could improve:

  • Notion is a great tool to use for project management. Visualizing and tracking the project when it comes to sharing responsibilities and roles. 
  • Having a set up time weekly can be better than figuring out schedules for each week. 
  • Your plans WILL change, good to prepare for backup, and there will always be unexpected situations coming. 
  • How to make an offer to a client. What you need to include to the offer. And remember to put VAT on top of the price, not include. Because you can’t afterwards say to the customer that the offer is price + VAT.
  • It is good to divide who is responsible of what to make task giving more effective.
  • Multiple organizers require extra good communication. 
  • Remember to have some kind of travel insurance everytime you travel. One of us almost lost their luggage after buss trip from Brno to Vienna but luckily got it back. 
  • We can’t be perfect, but practice makes the outcome the best.

 

What we will take to practice:

  • We will definitely run this Finnovation programme as part of the Innovation Festival in Brno and improve it based on the feedback we received.
  • SYNTRE will pass this project on to the 2nd year team, so that the collaboration between the University of Brno and Proakatemia will continue in the future.
  • The skill of making the offer to the customer will be used when we get the right customer in the more real world.

Conclusion

Overall the project was great and full of learning opportunities. For many of us, this was the first time to start, work on and completely conclude a project, in real Proakatemia fashion. We are happy that this great opportunity of organizing will stay intact and hopefully become a tradition with more and more participants each time. 

The 3 main elements held up great this time: morning sessions, project fair, and speakers. However, it is exciting to see what the next year will bring.

 

 

References:

European Comission. no date. The European Entrepreneurship Competence Framework (EntreComp). https://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=1317&langId=en

Globalis. Korruptio. Globalis.fi. https://www.globalis.fi/Tilastot/korruptio

Globalis. Lehdistönvapaus. Globalis.fi. https://www.globalis.fi/Tilastot/lehdistoenvapaus

Globalis. Tasa-arvo työelämässä. Globalis.fi https://www.globalis.fi/Tilastot/tasa-arvo-tyoeelaemaessae

 https://www.researchluxembourg.org/en/luxembourg-worlds-6th-happiest-country/

McCallum, E., Weicht, R., McMullan, L., & Price, A. (2018). EntreComp into action-Get inspired, make it happen: A user guide to the European Entrepreneurship Competence Framework (No. JRC109128). Joint Research Centre (Seville site).

Research Luxembourg. 24.March.2022. Luxembourg world’s 6th happiest country

Soonie from Entre.

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