This school year, JA Hungary has taken a new approach to raising awareness of social entrepreneurship among Hungarian students and teachers. Through the Social Entrepreneurship Roadshow events, students not only meet successful Hungarian social entrepreneurs but also take part in a creative idea generation process with JA Hungary staff members.
“It’s live, it’s on the spot and it’s happening" - briefly this is how the whole initiative can be summed up.
From October until the end of February, JA Hungary travels around Hungary to promote the idea of social enterprises and most importantly the Social Innovation Relay where students can develop their innovative social business concepts. The best 20 teams can connect with Hungarian NN volunteers who help them to develop these concepts into feasible business ideas during the mentorship phase.
The roadshow events take place in various secondary schools in Budapest, Szeged, Debrecen, Bicske, Eger and Kiskunfélegyháza. Successful Hungarian social entrepreneurs are invited to share their stories with the participants in the schools and also have the opportunity to discuss key points of social entrepreneurship with them. Some of the social enterprises presented to the students are:
- HellóAnyu family-friendly community centre and cafe
- Alko-Soft Bt. providing IT services to visually impaired people and also employing visually impaired employees
- Nem Adom Fel Cafe and Bar: a cafe and bar run by people living with disabilities
- Szállás Másképp: online platform promoting rural quality accommodation for travellers in remote places
- Fortély Sátor: a young, dedicated team visiting kids coming from exceptionally disadvantaged families and backgrounds, setting up an Escape Room tent where the children can develop their soft skills
Planned number of students to reach: 1500
Social entrepreneurs joining the programme: 6
“The Social Innovation Relay is a fantastic opportunity for students to test their knowledge and gain experience in the field of social entrepreneurship” (Anett Nagy- student, Hungary)
“Teaching entrepreneurship and economics to secondary school students is a tough challenge as these fields are rather complex. This is why the Social Entrepreneurship Roadshow is such a great help for teachers. Students have the chance to get support from experts to use their creativity, and apply their knowledge in practice in an entertaining way.” (Lászlóné Fedor- teacher, Telegdi Kata Secondary Technical School Debrecen, Hungary)