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“YEP! young entrepreneur people to mentor long term unemployed adults”
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project idea wants to develop a training course for young entrepreneurs (age 18-30) and startuppers to let them able to mentor adults and elderly people on how to start a business, improving their “spirit of initiative”, develop a more entrepreneurial approach towards life, job, society.The mentoring relationship has always been focused on a special link between two actors in which the most experienced (usually the eldest) supports, encourages and inspires the one with less experience (very often a young person). Since 2010, Europe has experienced a “start-up phenomenon” and an increase in the discussion and initiatives around the topic of entrepreneurship as a mean to reduce youth unemployment. To face lack of jobs and increase in youth unemployment rates, European countries have started to promote programs, contests, financing opportunities for young people to start their own business, becoming entrepreneurs, trying to self-employ themselves. A new community of young people has been created with a development of new business skills, competences and visions. The idea behind the concept of “startup” has been strictly connected with a strong element of entrepreneurship education. Young people have been invited to take risks by becoming entrepreneurs, thinking out the box, improving their creative mindset, linking and networking with other people, presenting their ideas to venture capitalists, developing business plans, failing and starting all over again. A “start-up generation” is currently made of young people aged 18-30 all over Europe, from Italy to Spain, from Portugal to France. They have the same attitudes, they follow the same models, they have the same objectives. The project wants to exploit the current trend in order to “reverse” this idea bringing startuppers and young entrepreneurs to support adults (particularly those that have lost their jobs and have difficulties in finding a new one) and elderly people (retired but still very active and interested).
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