What does it happen when you gather 41 women for 10 days to explore female entrepreneurship?
Yes, they group up and start up their own projects! Just like bees in a hive 🙂
One of the most important goals of the youth exchange Bees Inspired: A Hive for Female Entrepreneurs was to create a safe space for the participants to start up a project using their skills and passions. The women, or the Bees as we liked to call ourselves :-), did their very best and invested 6 full working days to create the projects from scratch, develop and finetune them, and shoot final advertising spots.
During the youth exchange we created these 6 projects:
Inspiral is an online platform where you can read & see everyday people captivating stories. You can be a part of a community, add your own story and just BE INSPIRED! The idea of Inspiral is to offer space for individuals to share inspiring stories and to make everybody an inspiring hero! The group which worked on Inspiral created a blog platform and an Instagram account for their project.
Wild Wolves organises trips with professional wilderness guides to teach you specific survival skills from building a tent with basic equipment to predicting the weather with the clouds, from finding your way in the wild to lighting a fire from scratch. We are challenging you to build a second home in the wild! The idea behind Wild Wolves is to help people develop crucial survival skills and expand their horizon and get out of their comfort zone. Wild Wolves combines nature and personal development really nicely and they offer 2 types of outdoor trips. Learn more about this amazing experience on their website.
Cre-Activity is a business skills sharing platform for creative people. Our goal is to help you become successful and learn more about the business field. We have spent a lot of hours searching for the knowledge an artist may need about branding, marketing, social media etc, and select the most useful ones, so now you do not have to do that yourself, you can save a lot of time. On the Cre-Activity platform you can benefit from this type of knowledge:
International Flavours is a multi-purpose restaurant which serves international cuisine and hosts cultural and sports events. It is based in Povoa de Santa Iria near Lisbon, Portugal. The restaurant is located at the river and it offers fantastic recreational opportunities to families with children, locals and tourists. The Portuguese group has developed a very detailed idea about their enterprise and they have received funding from the local government to kick it off and bring new energy to the neighbourhood.
Green Bees is a social cafe in Milan, Italy which offers warm drinks and small healthy dishes without a fixed price list. Guests are invited to contribute voluntarily as much as they want. Green Bees aims to bring people from various backgrounds together and would also like to employ people with disabilities.
Super Nannies is an online platform for babysitters specialised in taking care of children with the Down syndrome. The platform offers parents a trusted way to choose a babysitter for their child. With this much needed help parents can enjoy some time for themselves. Super Nannies is an easy way to scroll through profiles of babysitters and see what experience they have.
This blog post reflects some of the experiences of the participants of Bees Inspired: A Hive for Female Entrepreneurs, which was a 10-day youth exchange that took place in The Netherlands from 18 till 27 January 2017. It gathered 42 participants from 7 different countries and empowered them to learn from each other about female entrepreneurship. The project is funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.