County Wicklow Partnership are excited to launch Social Enterprise Climb – a training programme to guide Wicklows youth in developing their social enterprise ideas!
Social Enterprise CLIMB will serve to guide young social entrepreneurs to fulfil on their vision and mission. County Wicklow Partnership has engaged The Entrepreneurs Academy to recruit and engage with 40 Wicklow Rural Youth members (age 18-35), with an interest in starting up a social enterprise or in early design stage. This 16-week programme will focus on two groups of 20 young entrepreneurs each, to support them in the CLIMB, as they take their social enterprise idea to the next level.
The participants will be guided on a journey of enlightenment on all things entrepreneurial, covering everything they need to know from A – Z. From ideation and idea twisting and testing, to leadership and team building, through to all the nuts and bolts required, such as financials, legal aspects, marketing, networking and sales. There will be an emphasis on how tech can support new entrepreneurs and how to maximise time using these tools.
Blended learning will be utilised. There will be bootcamps which will involve a full day of interaction with all 40 participants. These will be highly collaborative events with a lot of group exercises and discussion. Skills workshops will be a slower paced deep dive into specific competence areas that need building with extra Q&A opportunity for 20 participants at a time for additional contact time with each learner.
We will be providing ‘Build Your Website’ tips and tricks, ‘how-to’ training and eight (8) designees will receive a complete bespoke website for their organisation to help them convey their vision and mission to all.
Creating a network within the group will be a key emphasis of the programme. They can learn from each other throughout the programme and after completion. This network will continue to sustain them as they grow their enterprises across County Wicklow.
In 2020, it’s all about video! We will work with each participant to define their ‘WHY’ through both a written and video submission for use in communications across social media and on their website. The WHY is key to the passion which drives social enterprise today.
Lastly, the programme will culminate with an engaging showcase of the collective works created to highlight the CLIMB as they reach the peak of this mountain. In the end, they will see many more challenges ahead, but know they have the tools and knowledge to continue on the journey.