The participation of the Edufinet Project in this forum has been divided into two parts, covering topics such as variable income and entrepreneurship and the financial system and the European banking union. The goal of this initiative is to improve the cooperation between schools, to share methodologies, experiences and ideas and to foster social entrepreneurship projects.
This international forum has been attended by more than one hundred 18-years-old students –from different European countries, such as Spain, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Czech Republic and Romania-, by business owners and by representatives from the University of Budapest.
The Edufinet Project, promoted by Unicaja Banco and Fundación Unicaja, has participated in Budapest (Hungary) in an international forum of European schools, organized by the European Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ECIE) and with more than one hundred attendants.
The participation of the Edufinet Project in this forum, held at the High School Belvárosi Gazdasági Szakgimnáziuma (BGSZG), has been divided into two parts, covering topics such as securities and entrepreneurship and the financial system and the European banking union. The goal of this initiative is to improve the cooperation between schools, to share methodologies, experiences and ideas and to foster social entrepreneurship projects.
The forum has been attended by more than one hundred 18-years-old students –from different European countries, such as Spain, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Czech Republic and Romania-, by business owners and by representatives from the University of Budapest.
The ECIE, which has previously collaborated with Edufinet, aims to detect opportunities of social entrepreneurship by the collaboration between groups interested in the promotion of entrepreneurship. The high schools participating in this initiative are based in Bosa (Italy), Bucarest (Romania), Budapest (Hungary), Nový Ji?ín (Czech Republic), Weiz (Austria) and Torremolinos (Spain). The high school IES Playamar is the coordinator of this European project.
These centers have as a common goal business education for the promotion of entrepreneurship from a social dimension. The ECIE’s work consists, in this sense, in creating synergies and initiatives that contribute to a new development model, able to give sustainable and solidary momentum to the environment of the participants and of the beneficiaries of its actions.
Promotion of entrepreneurship
With the project ‘Creation of the European Network for Young Entrepreneurship’, presented one year ago in Malaga, the ECIE intends to foster young employment through social entrepreneurship, promoting education in this and detecting opportunities by understanding the needs, objectives and mechanisms of the contexts surrounding schools and translating social value into economic value.
In particular, the ECIE has three strategic lines of action: generation of a virtual environment of co-creation, adding value, for the generation and promotion of business ideas from a social dimension; training and advice to young people to detect entrepreneurship opportunities that improve their environments; and research based on scientific and academic standards.
The Edufinet Project launched in 2017 its Internet portal, fostered by Unicaja and with the collaboration of the International University of Andalusia (Universidad Internacional de Andalucía, UNIA) and the University of Malaga (UMA).
However, the development of the project started in 2005 within Unicaja, and it became one of the first financial institutions in Spain to launch an initiative of this kind. It currently collaborates with 14 universities and over ten institutions and business organizations.
During its eleven years of trajectory, it has received several awards and more than 127,600 people have participated in the different conferences, workshops, lectures and seminars developed, of which 89,000 have attended the Conferences on Financial Education for Young People. The website www.edufinet.com has registered so far more than 7.6 million visits, with access from nearly 180 countries.
Edufinet offers two additional specific Internet portals: one aimed at business owners and entrepreneurs (Edufiemp) and one aimed at financial education for young people (Edufinext).