The Final Conference of the SMARTUP project took place on the 15th of November in Brussels, where it was kindly hosted by the Emilia-Romagna Region. A full day conference gathered around 50 participants in Brussels and around 80 of them joined via live streaming.
The event was opened by a keynote “Cultivating Entrepreneurial Minds” delivered by Peter BAUR, EAC (Education and Culture), Senior Expert, Innovation and EIT, who presented the future of Erasmus+ and explained what to expect in 2021-2027. Project Coordinator Elisabetta Marafioti from the University of Milano-Bicocca set the context by presenting the objectives and the results achieved during the project period.
The main idea behind the SMARTUP project was to create a Master’s Programme in Entrepreneurship. Suvi Starck from Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences took an opportunity and presented the planning and implementation processes of the Master’s Programme. The pilot of the programme was carried out within the scope of the SMARTUP project and the first students will present their final projects on the 1st of December.
Liliya Terzieva from Breda University of Applied Sciences elaborated on the quality assurance in Higher Education today and gave some food for thoughts of what’s to come in the future. Ulpiana Kocollari, Assistant Professor in Management and Accounting, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia presented crowdfunding as a tool to scale the impact of social entrepreneurship.
After lunch, SMARTUP tools for students were presented by the representative of Teracomm, Irina Zamfir. Teracomm has developed MindApp – a mental training tool which allows students to practice mindfulness; and PitchApp – designed to learn how to compose a pitch, to develop their ability to sell ideas, to practice with pitches after having completed the course via webinar and of course, to receive feedback on pitches form their mentors, teachers and other users. Following this presentation, SMARTUP Mentors shared their experience and explained why mentorship is so important when starting a new business. Lastly, two SMARTUP students were invited to pitch their business ideas and share their thoughts about the Master’s Programme.