Introduction

The project “Sinergie” was born from the collaboration between the Municipalities of Cinisello Balsamo and Matera and it is based on the creation of new coworking spaces for the promotion of entrepreneurship and enterprising spirit of young people.

The new coworking spaces, intended as public spaces and as an engine for social innovation, must represent a place that supports young start-ups or entrepreneurial ideas and workshops for business development, focusing on the cultural industry. The diffusion of corporate culture must be conceived as a stimulus to a proactive approach, which reinforces the spirit of initiative both facing the challenges of the labour market and the challenges of life.

This new approach is based on three fundamental points:

  • Community: Design the coworking space as a place open to the community.
  • Collaboration: Supplement the coworking space with policies and services, in order to disseminate knowledge, strategies and methods.
  • Innovation: Innovate and digitalize activities unifying different skills and knowledge.

Young ambassadors that take part in the project will have the opportunity to be pioneers of innovation, developing ideas and entrepreneurial initiatives for local growth and becoming multipliers of knowledge and practices.

Participative Process

The phase of participatory processes is based on the creation of engagement paths with the stakeholders, people that deal in particular with youth employment, social innovation and local development. This collaboration plays an essential role both in involving directly young beneficiaries, making their specific competences available, and in the co-design of new coworking spaces. The objective of this phase is to broaden coworking spaces in order to have an open mind towards the hosting community, ensuring the continuity of the initiatives and the definition of a new “memorandum of understanding” among the organizations of the Third Sector and the Municipality.

Entrecomp Lab Junior

Entrecomp Lab Junior consists in the creation of working groups composed of young people between 16 and 20 years old, who will be mentored and encouraged while developing different business ideas through the TOP model (Training Opportunities and Pitch), made by the Municipality of Estarreja (Portugal). The Lab will give the opportunity to 40 young people (20 from the North of Milan and 20 from the Municipality of Matera) to learn more about the key elements necessary to launch a start-up (idea generation, impact canvas, storytelling and elevator pitch), to collaborate with entrepreneurs and local experts and it also includes study-visits in companies that are experts form the point of view of social innovation. The workshop will end with the awarding of the two most convincing business ideas (one from Cinisello Balsamo and the other from Matera). The winners will have the opportunity to participate in a Youth Exchange and meet each other.

Entrecomp Lab Senior

Entrecomp Lab Senior are aimed at young people aged between 18 and 35, that are interested in developing their own business idea, or willing to increase their skills in this area. The 40 participants will be divided into original multidisciplinary teams and will be supported through specific mandatory trainings. There will be meetings with local businesses and innovative start-ups too. The laboratory will work as an incubator for entrepreneurial ideas and it will focus in particular on teamwork and on the experimentation of relational/social dynamics in the work context. Participants will also receive training on acquiring new useful tools for work and communication.

CALL FOR IDEAS

From 21.09.2020 to 26.10.2020 any group, couple or single person who meets the requirements described in the announcement, will be able to submit their business idea to the Call for Ideas. Candidates must describe their idea of ​​“business”, highlighting its innovation, beneficiaries and impact.

LEARNING WEEKEND

The first appointment of the program includes participation in an intensive weekend, during which candidates will be able to focus on their business idea. At the end of the weekend, candidates will have two weeks to prepare for the Elevator Pitch.

IDEAS SELECTION

After the Elevator Pitch, the selected groups will start a 3-month internship. Participation will be mandatory for a minimum of 20 hours on a weekly basis and, in order to benefit from the participation allowance (regional guidelines on internships DGR 7763/2018), contestants will have to be present for the entire duration of the internship.

ENTRECOMP LAB

The selected groups will be supported by a Mentor (tutor) who will accompany them in the process of establishment and growth of the business idea with personalized meetings that will take place at least twice a week. At the end of the internship, a certification of the skills acquired will be given to participants.

Digicomp Lab

The Digicomp Lab provides training for all the Entrecomp Lab participants on new hardware and software technologies applied to the working environment. In particular, at the beginning the training will provide basic skills (setting up a work email, writing a CV), and then it will continue with the acquisition of digital professional skills (social and tools management) and the use of new technologies for production, management and analysis of Big Data. Moreover, two Digital Angels per territory will be identified and involved. They are young people, expert in using digital tools, that will assist participant groups in the development of their ideas. These Digital Angels will also be available to citizens, in order to expand the number of activities related to digital youth work.

Partnership

A brief description about the role of the partners involved in the project:

The Municipality of Cinisello Balsamo wants to consolidate the role of coworking as a space of reference for the development of skills useful for introducing young people into the workplace. The role played by the Municipality of Cinisello Balsamo consists in lending and sharing these experiences in an attractive landscape with high potential. 

Municipality of Matera aims to repeat Cinisello Balsamo’s experience, opening the first public coworking in Matera. The model proposed will be based on a cross-sector approach to youth policies, and it will have to contaminate the strategies of administrative sectors, being able to count on a physical space based on social innovation and open to a dialogue with local youngsters.

School of Design of the Politecnico di Milano develops studies and experimentations in the context of shared workspaces such as coworking, incubators and fablabs in Europe, in order to investigate the elements of success and their role within the communities that host them. The University wants to offer young people a stimulating space for the development of entrepreneurial innovation projects.

OltreSpazio is the co-manager of the expansion of the spaces. It will be in charge of the increase in the entertainment offer and in particular of the logistic organization of the Entrecomp Lab. OltreSpazio will also have the role of defining a strategy of collaboration with the realities of the Third Sector of Cinisello Balsamo and Matera, with the aim of expanding the participatory base of the project and facilitating the involvement of young people in the process of starting/expanding the coworking.

CSBNO is a special consortium in which participate 32 Municipalities of the Metropolitan City of Milan. It includes 60 different structures such as libraries, music schools and cultural centres, amongst which the Cultural Centre “Il Pertini”. Their role is to transmit the MakersLab management model https://www.hubout.it/makerslab and to conduct the Digicomp Lab for the beneficiaries of the project.

Basilicata Creativa is a cluster of public and private organizations that deals with culture and creativity. With this project, Basilicata Creativa aims to promote the birth of new businesses and programs in the Lucan area, in territorial marketing and long-term sustainability perspective.

The North Milan Entrepreneurs Association represents the reference point for the small and medium-sized companies operating in the North Milan area. The Association will contribute to the diffusion of an enterprise culture through tutoring activities for the young people involved in the project and it will host and incubate innovative ideas that will emerge from the Entrecomp Lab.

Generazione Lucana is a youth association that was born with the aim of increasing involvement and active participation, as well as promoting the development of new youth policies in line with European directives. Through the HubOut project, Generazione Lucana wants to support the birth of a new meeting point for young people and to encourage actions that educate them for the creation and management of cultural, social, creative and entrepreneurial projects that are sustainable and useful for the society. 

Province of Matera will involve and coordinate the local higher education system in the Entrecomp Lab Junior; It will participate, together with project partners, in the participatory processes in Matera and it will collaborate with the Municipality of Matera and the local partnership to reach the integration of new ideas that emerged from the Entrecomp Labs in Matera.

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