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Entrepreneurship Summer Courses

Twenty five years ago, a group of Dutch students from Amsterdam travelled to the Western Balkans during the Bosnian war and set up summer courses for fellow students. Since then, SPARK has been developing and implementing summer courses in fragile and conflict affected regions around the world.

For a successful entrepreneurship summer course, the selection of local partners is essential. By partnering with selected educational institutions, SPARK designs courses that deepen students’ knowledge of entrepreneurship and build their capacities to start up a business. Professors and students are brought together through intensive, several week-long interactive trainings that deepen the knowledge and skills of future entrepreneurs.

Partnering with local institutions ensures sustainability and transfer of ownership. This way, the local university or vocational school can improve its curricula and teaching methods, as well as provide new, quality content for its students. The education institution leads the design, implementation and evaluation of the programme.

Download the SPARK entrepreneurship summer courses manual for our approach to implementing entrepreneurship summer courses in fragile and conflict affected regions.