Northern Ireland MASTER Multiplier Event

The Northern Ireland MASTER Multiplier Event took place on 24 August 2018. The agenda for the event included:

  1. Welcome
  2. Introduction to the MASTER project and its results
  3. Putting the Student Entrepreneurship Toolkit into Practice
  4. Interactive example of one of the 10 initiatives from the Toolkit
  5. Promotional Video
  6. Website and accessing the project outputs
  7. Guest Speakers
  8. Lunch

There was a great attendance with approximately 40 people including some Regional Alliance Members,  business support organisations and local authorities from across Northern Ireland, educational organisations, SMEs and Politicians etc. Each attendee was given a pack including the Position Paper document and the Student Entrepreneurship Toolkit as well as a project brochure and additional resources.  Guests were welcomed by the Deputy Mayor of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.   Padraic Murphy from LCCC presented the position paper in detail (IO1) and discussed the need for the project and the outcomes to date.  The Regional Alliances, the Student Entrepreneurship Toolkit and the logistics of using the website were all presented at length.  The project team discussed their experiences of putting the toolkit into practice through rolling out the pilot initiatives and provided an interactive example.  The project video was showcased and two successful entrepreneurs who had set up their businesses at a young age shared their experiences.  The event finished with a two course lunch.

MASTER Multiplier Event in Ireland

The MASTER Multiplier Event was organised on 6 July 2018. The agenda for the day included:

  1. Welcome
  2. Official Launch by Minister of State for Education followed by an MEP
  3. Introduction to the MASTER project and discussion of IO1 Needs and Opportunities Paper
  4. Presentation regarding IO2 and IO3 -Regional Alliances & Student Entrepreneurship Toolkit
  5. Experiences from Rolling out the Pilot Initiatives with 74 students from GMIT
  6. Promotional Video
  7. Question and Answer session with expert panel
  8. Exhibition showcasing stakeholders stands

There was a great attendance with 56 people including some Regional Alliance Members, business support organisations, SME’s, training organisations, Colleges, schools, banks, farming and youth groups and political representation on a local, national and European scale.  Each attendee was given a pack including the Position Paper document and the Student Entrepreneurship Toolkit as well as a selection of stakeholders information.  The project was officially launched by TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor who is the Minister of State at the Department for Education with special responsibility for higher education.  This was followed by an address from Matt Carthy MEP.  Martina Earley from RLP presented the needs and opportunities position paper in detail.  The Regional Alliances and the Student Entrepreneurship Toolkit were presented by Paul Clabby from RLP.  Paul shared their experiences of putting the toolkit into practice through rolling out the pilot initiatives and showcased the promotional video.  A question and answer session with an expert panel finished the event.

MASTER Multiplier Event in the Netherlands

The MASTER Multiplier Event in Leeuwarden (NL) took place on 12 July 2018. The agenda for this event included:

  1. Welcome
  2. Introduction to the MASTER project and its results
  3. Regional Alliance – together towards a strong and integrated business climate
  4. Student Entrepreneurship Toolkit
  5. Random Request (one of the 10 initiatives from the Toolkit)
  6. Closure
  7. Summer barbecue

There was a great attendance with over 60 people including almost all Regional Alliance Members, students, SMEs, business support organisations, educational institutes, etc. They were welcomed and the project was presented. The ‘what, who and why’ of the project were explained which includes the project in general, the results (Intellectual Outputs) and the motivation behind the MASTER project. Each participant received a copy of the Position Paper Document and its appendices.  After that the Regional Alliance was presented together with its action plan. The Student Entrepreneurship Toolkit was given some extra attention because of its particular interest to the audience. Each audience member received a copy of the Toolkit and we demonstrated where to find the additional helpful resources on our website.  To demonstrate the Student Entrepreneurship Toolkit a little more and to make the event more interactive, everyone took part in the Random Request activity (one of the initiatives from the toolkit). This was a great success with many positive reactions as a result.  After Random Request participants were given the opportunity to ask questions. The event was closed with a nice summer barbecue for all participants.

MASTER Multiplier Event in Spain

The MASTER Multiplier Event in San Sebastian was organised by CEBANC on 30 January 2018. The agenda for the day included:

  1. Welcome by Gorka Gonzalez and Marijo Irastorza
  2. Introduction to the MASTER project and its results
  3. Guest Speakers /regional stakeholders
  4. Factors that drive entrepreneurship discussion
  5. Entrepreneurs Discussion
  6. Website and accessing the project outputs
  7. Sales Pitch Finals
  8. Prize Giving
  9. Lunch

There was a great attendance with approximately 45 people including some Regional Alliance Members,  business support organisations and local authorities from across Spain, educational organisations, SMEs and Politicians from the Basque Country. Each attendee was given a pack including the project outputs as well as a project brochure and additional resources.  The project team presented the position paper in detail (IO1) and discussed the needs and opportunities presented by this sector and the outcomes to date.  Presentations were given from two speakers, a technical manager from a regional centre for research and innovation and also from the development department of the local council in San Sebastian.   This was followed by two discussions led by expert panels.  The website was showcased and a demonstration given regarding how to access the project outputs.  This was followed by the finals of the Sales Pitch training initiative and then a prize giving ceremony was held.  The event finished with a delicious lunch prepared by the colleges catering school.

MASTER Multiplier Event in Denmark

The TEC Multiplier event took place on 16th May 2018.  It was an innovation themed event which celebrated the success of the MASTER project and its achievements in term of outputs while also looking at new innovative initiatives targeting the transport trade. The agenda for the day included:

  1. Welcome by Tove Christensen Head of transport and logistics
  2. Presentaition of MASTER project pack to attendees
  3. Discusssion on the importance on innovative skills and the international focus on Entrepreneurship
  4. Presentation of the Student Entrepreneurship Toolkit
  5. Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshops
  6. Q&A
  7. Event Closure

The event was attended by 140 people including representatives from VET, Regional alliance members, students and apprentices.  A large number of SMEs also attended.  In her welcome Tove Christensen Head of transport and logistics in TEC praised the Mainstreaming Student Entrepreneurship project and its achievements.  A pack was given to each of the attendants, containing the project brochure, the position paper and the student entrepreneurship toolkit itself.    She emphasized the importance on innovative skills and the international focus on Entrepreneurship and outlined the findings of the Position Paper in terms of needs and opportunities in this sector.  The project team presented the student Entrepreneurship toolkit and outlined the new innovation camps they are being to be introducing at the college, the content of these camps was inspired by the initiatives detailed in the toolkit.  The event broke out into workshops so more detailed discussions could take place.  The toolkit in particular was well received by teachers and entrepreneurs and the project’s success in putting a focus on entrepreneurship was celebrated.  The event was attended by many of the Regional Alliance members and other local educational committee members, as well as students, Entrepreneurs, SME’s and apprentices.   The event ended with a question and answer session which produced a positive debate.