On May 16th, 2019, a national social entrepreneurship conference called “Woman – Creator of Social Business: The Experience of Hillary Project” was held in Vilniaus Kolegija / University of Applied Sciences, Lithuania.
The conference presentations were concentrating specifically on women and social entrepreneurship. The main topics were the following: empowerment of women in social business; relevance of social entrepreneurship in the context of sustainable development policy; issues of entrepreneurship education. In addition, the results and experiences of Erasmus + strategic partnership project “Hillary – Supporting Socially Enterprising Women” were presented to the audience. The main goal of the project was to increase the participants’ competencies necessary for the development of social business.
The first part of the conference was delivered by prominent women entrepreneurs – creators of social business, such as educational community center, the only school in Lithuania that has consistently educated pupils’ entrepreneurship, projects for visually impaired and blind people.
The second part of the conference was dedicated to the presentations of “Start Up Women’s Cup” – a European contest born in the framework of Hillary project. The presentations were evaluated by the national jury.
At the end of the conference the Lithuanian national competition winner was announced – it was decided that the first place out of 40 contestants goes to social business project „Riedučių parkas aktyviam laisvalaikiui“ (eng. Roller Park for Active Leisure), authors – Vilniaus Kolegija students – Ignas Gaina and Rasa Mačiuikaitė.
First prize winners are invited to travel to the Netherlands on June 20-21 and compete with the best social business projects from other European countries in the European Women’s Startup Contest “European Cup”.
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