Our project

The project involves four schools in Sweden, France, Norway and Spain. The motivation for the project is to develop students’ entrepreneurial skills and to develop the concept of international students’ mini-companies in the European economic surroundings as a pedagogical method. We will use innovative methodologies such as the Design Thinking and the Problem Based Learning: students will learn by doing in a “real-life situation”.
Each school specializes in a different aspect of the project: the Norwegian school is an expertise in design, communication and video editing. Swedish school has extensive experience in developing Business Plans. French school has a large experience in importing and selling goods, while Spain’s school specializes in creativity and brainstorming techniques to find business ideas.

Each school specializes in a different aspect of the project: the Norwegian school is an expertise in design, communication and video editing. Swedish school has extensive experience in developing Business Plans. French school has a large experience in importing and selling goods, while Spain's school specializes in creativity and brainstorming techniques to find business ideas.
We have set up six students’ teams to be six international partnerships. Each partnership will have students from all four countries so that in each team all aspects of the project are covered. In each partnership the Norwegian students will be responsible for the Graphics and Communication Department, Swedish students will be in charge of the Marketing and Financial Department, French students will be responsible for buying and importing of raw materials and product selling, while the Spanish ones will be in charge of Creativity and Production Department. The members of each team will communicate every two weeks with videoconferencing to coordinate their work.

Design thinking

Design thinking is a methodology to generate innovative ideas focused on understanding and giving solution to the real needs of the users. It comes from the way the product designers work. Observing the user is how you can really identify what your latent needs are and design accordingly. At the core of this process is a bias towards action and creation: by creating and testing something, you can continue to learn and improve upon your initial ideas.

Six thinking hats

Six thinking hats technique helps you to a balanced assessment of your ideas, problems and challenges. And how does it work? By asking you to wear six different thinking hats that represent the six different aspects of how you can possibly think. Once you've answered all the questions using the six hats, you'll know you've looked at your concept from every possibly viewpoint. With this method we investigate together the facts, the feelings, the pro's and cons, and the creative solutions we can come up with. De Bono calls this lateral thinking.

Internationalization

Internationalization is nowadays a must for every single company. In the global context which we face, internationalization arises as an important challenge and also a great opportunity for companies. Erasmus project gives students an excellent opportunity to internationalize their mini-companies and to collaborate with students and mini-companies from other countries. Working together, face to face, and working online with students with different background and different mentalities they will improve the necessary skills to work in a globalized world.

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