Immigrant Entrepreneurship

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Migration has been always a controversial issue. It is not a new phenomenon, but these days it is getting more and more relevant in our lives. Integration and multiculturalism are two of the most important elements of creating a diverse and open society. If we want to live in a global multi-cultural society, it is important to be open-minded, tolerant and to accept diversity.

Thus, it is common knowledge that more and more people see immigration as a threat. Nevertheless, there is an insight that more immigration may result in an overall benefit for the entrepreneurial activity. This implies that public money should be spent on building incubators for immigrant entrepreneurs than on building border walls.

Target group
This course is for teachers in adult education centers who work with adults and immigrants and wish to gain in-depth knowledge of the best practices and policies related to integration of these multi people in society by fostering opportunities for immigrant entrepreneurship.

This 10-day training course will give the participants the opportunity to:
● understand the concept of cultural awareness and how to handle cultural differences;
● learn to equip their learners with the tools they will need to:
a) exhibit entrepreneurial behaviour for business success
b) perceive and act on business opportunities
c) set challenging and attainable business goals
d) start and run a new businesses and improve on existing ones
e) source and use information for market development
f) develop business plans for application to banks
g) apply reasonable standards of excellence in their performance
h) build up confidence to make effective presentations
i) improve interpersonal competence

The course methodology will ensure the active involvement of the participants in all phases. More specifically, prior the delivery of the course, the teachers and directors participating in the course will receive preparatory material, which will cover all important concepts to be presented during the training course. They will also have the opportunity to exchange feedback with other colleagues of them coming from different countries and working in different learning environments; they will finally be able to request any clarification related to the content of the course.
The methodology of the training course is based on the following:
● theory
● use of training tools, such as case studies, videos, games, animations & exercises (practice – hands on experience)
● Feedback/reflection
These training tools are necessary to ensure that the theoretical knowledge gained by the participants can be used in real life scenarios; an important aspect and an added value for any training course.
The course includes daily practical sessions on preparing immigrant entrepreneurship micro lessons to be used as case studies during the training and promotes the “learn how to learn” methodology based on learning by doing and collaborative learning. The methodology includes lectures, Power Point (PPT) presentations, videos and animations, presentation of case studies by teachers that have implemented integration strategies in their classes, workshops and exercises, and Web tools.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this course the participants will have gained a set of teaching strategies that will engage and encourage their learners to:
● develop an understanding of the common characteristics of an entrepreneur
● gain a good knowledge of the development process and the planning process involved in the launch of a new product
● have a good understanding of the business eco-system and a knowledge of successful business models.

Follow-Up: All participants are encouraged to maintain contact with their colleagues from the course and to establish contacts with teachers from other countries and regions to share experiences and difficulties encountered. Moreover, participants should work on adapting and creating materials for use within the context of immigrant entrepreneurship.

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Trikala, Grecia

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