Mestia, Georgia

oikos Summer School: Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation

when 29 August 2015 - 6 September 2015
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 130

Why the oikos Summer School? The International Summer School on Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation is a 9-day event for international and Georgian participants. Through various lectures, workshops, field trips and more, participants will acquire knowledge on the topic, which they will then apply within their team projects, business cases and all other profit or non-for profit activities.

Our summer school offers a social innovation and entrepreneurship training program that will take participants through a step-by-step process from idea-generation to the prototype design, testing and validation of a business case.

The Summer School 2015 will take place in the beautiful Mestia, Georgia.

Course leader

oikos is an international student-driven organization for sustainable economics and management. Founded in 1987 in Switzerland, we today empower future leaders to drive change towards sustainability worldwide.

oikos Summer School started last year in G

Target group

Anyone interested in Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation. Mostly students (Bachelor, Master and PHD)

Course aim

Goals of the Summer School Raise youth awareness on social entrepreneurship and social innovation by bringing Georgian youth together with international youth; Share social entrepreneurship experiences based on sustainable and innovative ideas; Analyse the business and legal environment for social entrepreneurship with focus on developing countries; Identify barriers of social entrepreneurship development and work on recommendations; Enable youth, especially from from Svaneti, to develop their business plan to develop the area. Approach To reach the above-mentioned goals the program offers a broad variety of activities. During interactive lectures lead by international and local experts, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss and compare the newly acquired knowledge to the situation in their home countries. Outcomes By attending this summer school the will participants develop a broader understanding of social entrepreneurship, social innovation and their specifics in emerging markets. They will acquire theoretical and practical knowledge about the role of social entrepreneurship for sustainable development. Cultural Rejuvenation Georgia is one of the most unique cultural highways due to its geographic and political location. It has a rich culture in food, festivals, art and wine. The summer school would not just be an academic monotone, but it will involve longdrives and stopovers on this multilayered multicultural historical tradition and culture.

Get Ready to Indulge in Real Social Business Ideas!

The most important aspect of this Summer School would be to indulge in real social business ideas.

The Virtual Business Incubator is the most innovative aspect of the event, It is an online platform, which will become a guarantee of success for all business ideas. It will answer modern business incubator challenges. Through which users will have online room, where they get news about modern social entrepreneurship. Users can get online consultations from high-level professionals. Test their ideas through the latest models, such as canvas, demonstrate their project ideas including Canvas strengths and weaknesses.

Your Learning Journey at 5200m

Whenever teams want to develop great ideas they go to high altitudes. Thus, the oikos Summer School is not to be missed for the development of great ideas and co-creative education.

Through team work, interesting lectures, field trips for research and the constant link to the regional sphere, we guarantee you will have a unique experience. Learn more about social entrepreneurship and social innovation and understand how you can take it forward, help developing countries and implement it in your own society. We will also develop a campaign together, and learn more about campaigning, to 'become a social entrepreneur'. All the Summer School's outcomes will be published and available to share with your peers back home and pursue your path as a social and innovative entrepreneur.

Expected enrichment:

- Participants will improve there critical thinking;

- Have real and visible impact in the Svaneti region, act as consultants in a developing economy and learn from people from different backgrounds;

- Share practical and theoretical knowledge with a small and varied group of people which includes world renown faculty;

- Learn how to campaign and create a campaign together to promote the need for more socially innovative enterprises, and let's make it trend together;

- Participants will analyse international experiences and observe how it can be implemented in proposed case studies.

Fee info

EUR 130: The participation fee for participants is 130 EUR, to be paid after acceptance of your application. The fee includes admission to the Summer School, accommodation, food, Excursions and local transportation, transportation from Tbilisi to Svaneti and from Svaneti to Tbilisi. You are responsible for the cost and arrangement of transportation to Tbilisi, Georgia.