Erasmus+ project „European StartUp“ was struck by the pandemic of COVID-19 at its very end so it was not possible to realize the last mobility to Lithuania as it was originally planned. Despite the unfavorable circumstances, thanks to our teacher’s hard work and persistence, we managed to organize that last mobility the way that everything is happening lately – online. In this virtual mobility that lasted one week, as representatives of IV. gymnasium, participated Ivana Jukić, Toma Jukić, Karmen Jurić, Ante Petrović, Tina Puškarić andTerezija Poljak. Together with professors Natalija Palčić, Marijana Munitić and Katarina Žanetić they stood on Zoom platform so they could develop their knowledge and skills in the subject od entrepreneurship with students and professors from different countries.
New to all of us, the digital version of mobility started on Monday 14. December 2020. After the initial uncertainty, everything began well and everybody was happy that they can finally see the faces with whom they spent unforgettable weeks in Portugal, Poland and Croatia. Plan and program followed the model by which we visited other countries. Introductory activity related to our expectations of this mobility and it was held using the Mentimeter platform that was later used for other activities as well. Students said that what they expect from this mobility the most was fun and new acquaintances as well as a way to improve their English.
Although the mobility was virtual, Lithuania was the host so they presented to us their country and city. To make sure students carefully watched and listened, we all played the Kahoot quiz and got to know Lithuania in a very interesting way.
At the end of the day, we introduced ourselves to each other and went our separate ways. In the expectation of the next day, students got a task to take a quiz Vocabulary of entrepreneurship on the platform Wordwall.
The second day of our virtual mobility we also started with one Mentimeter voting. The students were asked what is needed for a good presentation and once again showed great knowledge and maturity. All students who participated, at least once made a presentation even if they did not present it, but as the most important elements to maintain a good presentation, they stated confidence and quality of performance, clarity and simplicity of content and good design and images.
After that, Professor Natalija Palčić held a presentation “How to make a good presentation” in which she went through all aspects of the presentation and taught students how to make a real, quality presentation in accordance with the high demands of the audience.
Then Professor Aira from Lithuania spoke about how the entrepreneurial plan is presented, mentioned the importance of the name and image of the company in public as well as the recognizability of the service or product.
Finally, former students from a partner school in Portugal, who recently launched their entrepreneurial plan, presented their product and told the story of their company and its conception at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Purry Toys Business is a small company, with only two employees, that produces handmade and environmentally friendly cat toys. The quality of the product was immediately recognized by all cat lovers and owners who participated in mobility.
In order to get acquainted with the topic of the next day and determine the knowledge, the students solved a quiz in which they tested their knowledge of concepts in the field of entrepreneurship.
At the very beginning of the activities on the third day, the students once again answered the Mentimeter quiz, this time the questions were: “Can you imagine yourself as an entrepreneur one day?” And “In which sector of entrepreneurship would you work?”
After reviewing and commenting on the answers, the students were divided into mixed groups to start working on the “Product of the Future” activities. This activity was designed to help students practice their creative and entrepreneurial spirit, and students were asked to think of problems, research the market and competition, and design a product or service that would solve the problem. In order to present their idea, the students had to design a prototype service and make a presentation about their entrepreneurial idea.
At the end of the third day, the students solved the quiz in Wordwall again, this time about the skills that a good entrepreneur must have.
„What did you learn so far at this mobility?“ was the question students answered at the very beginning of the fourth day.
After that, students were re-divided into groups so they could continue to work on their entrepreneurial idea.
On the last day of virtual mobility, we started with presentations by students from each of the participating countries.
First, Toma from Croatia gave a presentation on socially responsible entrepreneurship, which is an example of the company “Nadalina” whose director, Marinko Biškić, has been passionately realizing his dream for many years, but also cares about the well-being of his employees and together with the Center “Juraj Bonači” therapy in his factory.
Then students from Poland presented a video about their school cooperative. The students showed the benefits of such an activity and explained how it works. Through this cooperative, students learn the basics of entrepreneurship from an early age and thus finance part of their school activities.
Finally, Francisco and Daniela from Portugal presented ENDIPREV – an example of a Clean Energy Business. ENDIPREV was founded in 2009 in Portugal and today is a leading windmill manufacturer with offices in as many as seven countries. The students pointed out the advantages of such a form of energy and warned about the problem of global warming.
After that, we moved on to the final part of the Product of the Future activity and the students took turns presenting their entrepreneurial ideas and then everyone voted for the one they liked the most. The ideas of all the groups were great. The first group designed a smart closet – iCloset, the second group presented the application H&H – health and happy, the third group presented headphones that translate conversations in real time – Transbuds, the fourth group presented Water cleaner, the fifth Gesture application that translates loop language, and the fifth Nedush – material that cannot be broken. The H&H application received the most votes.
In the end, we all watched the presentation about the project as a whole and it reminded us of all the skills and knowledge we gained, beautiful moments, unforgettable adventures and all the people we met during this adventure.
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