Visegrad Youth Entrepreneurial Virtual Program

Would you like to take part in a three-phase program with other young people from the Visegrad region (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia)? You will be developing a project idea in an international team of peers, where you will receive feedback from professionals and boost your entrepreneurial skills.

You can create projects, such as launching a sustainable clothing brand raising awareness to improve mental health proposing law changes to strengthen equal rights  stabilizing the climate change creating greener alternatives to cryptocurrency mining 

If you are aged 14-17, willing to work on your self-development, can question the status quo, and are able to communicate well in English, then we want you.

What will you take away from this program?
  • Improving English skills
  • Starting/improving entrepreneurial skills
  • Learning how to be an excellent team player but also work well individually
  • Certificate about successful passing of the mentoring program

The Course for Future Changemakers

The DEADLINE for the applications from Slovak students is Sunday, November 14, 2021 until 23:59. 

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PROGRAM

The program will consist of three online phases in which each enrolled participant will take part:

Ideation Weekend

December 10 - 12, 2021
click on each day to find out more

Project Quest

January 10, 2022 - March 12, 2022

During the Project Quest, all projects that were created during the Ideation weekend will receive mentoring and will be further developed. There will be overall 3 mentoring sessions from January to March ’22. Each will last at least two hours and run in small assigned groups from Ideation Weekend. These meetings will serve as a support network whilst staying focused on the project ideas as well as receiving peer advice.

Showcase Day

April 9, 2022

This final phase will serve as the closure, reflection, and celebration of the Visegrad Youth Entrepreneurial Virtual Program. Every group will present the final outcomes from their projects, which were developed during the Ideation Weekend and Project Quest stages. Every group will also present all of their successes, challenges and/or failures faced along the way. Moreover, we will have a feedback panel consisting of business and entrepreneurial leadership teachers, alumni and students. This feedback will serve as support and reflection on each group’s final project presentation.

HOW TO APPLY?

The number of places for each country is limited. Please note that if you enroll in the Program, you need to participate in all the three stages described above. Since the project is generously supported by the Visegrad fund, there will be only a symbolic participation fee, ensuring your commitment to all program stages.

INDIVIDUAL

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until November 14, 2021
  • This application method is valid for students from Slovakia
  • Discounts available - please contact us for further details
  • You do not pay until you are our finalist for the program. Please, note that sending application is for free

Our intention is to make the program accessible for all students. Therefore, if there is any student from any social or financially-challenging background, please contact us and let’s discuss discount options.

Applicants can expect a brief selection call where we will consider motivation, passion and drive to participate and an ability to comprehend whilst communicating well in English. The selection will take place within 2 weeks after the given deadline. 

GUEST SPEAKERS

Nigel Baker 

Nigel is a British diplomat, who was formerly Ambassador to Bolivia and Ambassador to the Holy See. He was Head of the Latin America department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 2016 to 2019, and in August 2020 took up his appointment as British Ambassador to Slovakia. Find out more information about Nigel´s career: https://www.gov.uk/government/people/nigel-baker

In addition to English, Nigel speaks Italian, French, Spanish, and Slovak. He is married to Alexandra and has one son. 

Mário Valek

Mario is an 18-year-old Slovak student and social media manager passionate about humanities, feminism & LGBTQ+ topics, and their spreading through various social media. Due to these reasons, he, together with his team, started GBAS Radio – podcasts covering a broad spectrum of school-connected topics such as studying abroad. Furthermore, in his spare time. Mário enjoys reading nonfiction, socializing with everyone around, and debating, which can be reflected by the fact that he was a part of the Slovak National Team which managed to place first in the International Public Policy Forum 2020/21.

Julian Gerhart

Julian is a co-founder of NGO Zmudri. He and his team make short learning videos about important issues such as critical thinking, elections, financial literacy, job search and many more. Primarily, they focus on the topics which are not sufficiently covered at schools. As he is very passionate about their project, he doesn't have that much spare time 🙂 In case he does, he enjoys reading books and long city walks.

Basic Information

How will we meet?

  • Virtually, from the comfort of your home
  • We will be using the videoconferencing platform Zoom to connect
  • You will be provided with further information about how to connect after being selected for participation in the program

How will we communicate?

  • The official communication language will be English
 

PROJECT PARTNERS

If you are from other V4 country than Slovakia (Czech Republic, Hungary or Poland), please apply though one of our partners below. 

Milestone Institute - Hungary

Milestone Institute is a national centre of advanced education for students aged 14-18, with the mission of nurturing a new generation of globally competitive and locally connected leaders in science, governance, entrepreneurship and social activism.

CTM - Czech Republic

CTM (Center for Talented Minds) works with children and students who want to learn more, motivating and mentoring them in their discoveries and in developing their learning skills.

Association AKWEDUKT - Poland

Association AKWEDUKT is an initiative for people of Kwidzyn who want to develop their city, their own interests and at the same time help others. The Association aims to bring positive changes to society and specifically to young people by working closely with youngsters from different countries and by making common projects.

CONTACT

In case of any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Student Programs team at programs@leafacademy.eu or via +421 907 836 490.

The project is financed by the International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the Fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.