The department of Management and business development of University of Ruse organized “Day & Night of Entrepreneurship” on 29 and 30 September. The event was based on the experience from the STARTENT project and it’s Night of young entrepreneurs from March 2011. The goal was to put student, entrepreneurs and academics in interactive environment that could foster cooperation and useful contacts among all participants.
In the “Day & Night of Entrepreneurship” event 24 students from 5 European countries were selected to participate in the panel sessions. Together with business representatives the students discussed the characteristics of the business environment on the Balkans, that investors find as attractive and the reasons for situating of new ventures in that region. The group visited several production companies in the city of Ruse and had the chance to meet their managers and owners and to ask questions about their business activity and lessons learned from their experience.
An important part from the program was the training for entrepreneurial skills, creativity and teamwork. Students worked in teams with 11 representatives of 11 local and international business organizations, who gave the topics for the role-model situations and together with the professors assessed the performance of each team. All the participants received certificates for successful participation of the event, and those with best results were awarded with special certificates for business skills.
The event was organized with the help and co-funding of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the International academic network for entrepreneurship and innovations RESITA. It is perceived as the next stage form the experience of University of Ruse in Entrepreneurship education and the transfer of knowledge between academia and business entities and sustainable continuation of the impact of STARTENT project.