BDF newsletter February 2019 for
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BDF Newsletter - February 2019
Dear partners and associates, 

Seems like no time has passed at all since our last newsletter in October, but looking at the calendar year, we are indeed already in 2019. Since our last hello, our team has cumulatively travelled at least 31.526 (air) kilometres, which is just 8.559 km short of making the whole circle around the world. Looking at our agenda, that milestone will be reached quite fast, because many project meetings are already lined up. In between those, we will keep on working hard on realising the current projects and start preparing for new ones. If you want to see some of our highlights from the previous months, make sure you take a look at the news below!

Until next time,
team Business Development Friesland

Who runs the world? Girls!

There are more than 33 million entrepreneurs in the EU but only 31% are women, and the growth rate is stagnating. Entrepreneurial activities are still hampered by gender-specific constraints, such as cultural norms, unequal employment opportunities, and restricted access to finance and business networks. 

We are very keen to tackle these societal challenges and transform them into opportunities for innovation and growth within the region, that is why we are proud and happy to participate in the project called Hillary, which especially targets female social entrepreneurs. We want to “wake up” a new generation of them with the help of Start-up Women’s Cup, an international contest, where we invite students and recent graduates to show us their own idea for a social enterprise. Do you know any of those courageous ladies? Let them know! The competition is simultaneously going on in the Netherlands, Italy, UK, Romania, Lithuania, Spain and Norway, so more than enough space for everyone 😊 If you would like to apply, fist find some rules over here and from there go to the competition platform. We can’t wait to see all the fresh ideas and present the winners to you in one of our next e-mails!

77 points go to...I-STEP!

Last year we closed off our fantastic project I-STEP – International Student Entrepreneurs. On behalf of our partner Kauno statybos ir paslaugų mokymo centro we coordinated this project during 2 years and submitted the final report in October. By the end of 2018 the Lithuanian National Agency confirmed what we already knew: I-STEP is a success! With a score of 77 points the project is considered very good to excellent in terms of qualitative and quantitative results and is considered as best practice example.

Let’s internationalise more in entrepreneurship education!


Everyday creativity training in Finland

In November 2018, 20 teachers from Hungary, Romania, Italy and the Netherlands, have participated in a very interesting and inspirational on-site training for the project Everyday Creativity. Beforehand, the teachers were prepared by participating in the online Everyday Creativity training, which is now available on the project’s website.
The on-site training was provided by University of Jyväskylä (Finland) and was aimed to provide the teachers with new insights on how creative teaching can enhance their lessons. Another aim was to inspire teachers with the most innovative tools and methods applied and tested in Finnish schools. Thus, the training also consisted of three school visits in Jyväskylä.

After the training, the teachers got back home motivated to put what they have learned into practice. The impact of the training is already visible in one of the Dutch schools. Now, this school has a pull up bar for the students in the classroom (so they can exercise when they lose their focus during the lessons), just as in one of the Finnish schools.
Do you want to know more about this project? Feel free to contact Sasha Dijkstra via

International opportunities await the brave!

From June 14th until 26th BDF organises, together with the Youthnest partners, the transnational incubator programme. During those 12 days (including travel days) the participants will work on their business, linguistic, digital skills and all other aspects which come with a transnational activity. The objective of this activity is to offer young people the chance to identify opportunities for self-employment.

So, are you between 16 and 30 years old and interested in a 12-day course in Cappanori (Italy) or Vedra (Spain) to explore your entrepreneurial talents together with youngsters from the UK, Spain, Italy, Slovakia and Portugal? Sign up via!

Business Development Friesland
P.O. box 25
8900 AA Leeuwarden

T 0031 58 845 80 45



One of the first steps we are taking with this anti-cyberbullying project is creating a regional partnership of stakeholders who are interested in the cause. We are happy to say we have found many who recognize the problem as very alarming and are willing to contribute. We can't wait to give you more updates, but until then you can read our first newsletter!

This is a project, which will allow educators to offer their students more innovative learning enviroment and curricula regarding entrepreneurship. Take a look here for more details!

It doesn't matter what your age is, if you have the startup mentality! On the January meeting with the partners of RE-ENTER, we came a step closer into finalizing the learning materials for our older entrepreneurs. To see if this is something for you or somebody you know, read the first newsletter!

It has been a couple of months now since the 3rd partner meeting in Greenwich. Take a look here what we have been up to!

The SUMIGRE project, which aims at supporting professional development of migrant-related educators, has already resulted in a Migration report. At the moment, partners are finalising the Training Curriculum for the eLearning Platform, which will help the migrant-related educators to do their job even better! Read more about the in the first and second newsletter!

At the moment, the partners are making great steps in finalization of the entrepreneurial course for teachers, who in March will be participating in on-site training based on these modules. The third newsletter provides information on the Student Talent Bank project development.

VIP@Work project is also going very well! We are close to implementing the Regional Internship Partnerships and to setting up the Internship Desks. Soon we will also test our Win-Winternship course for SMEs and the Internship Intermediary training. You can read VIP@Work’s newsletter here.

25-26.2. - T3QM (Catania)
26-27.2. - YouthNest (Leeuwarden)
4-6.3. - Student Talent Bank (Brussels)
5-6.3. - Sumigre (Sofia)
13-14.3. - Everyday Creativity (Leeuwarden)
21-22.3. - SWIRL (Larissa)
25-26.3. - Tourism 4 Careers (Klaipeda)
27-28.3. - VIP@Work (Leitrim)
2-3.4. - ROOTS (Leitrim)
4-5.4. - ETC4SE (Leeuwarden)
11-12.4. - Student Talent Bank (Leeuwarden)
16-17.4. - ACBC (Leeuwarden)
13-15.5. - Recruit (Leeuwarden)
16-17.5. - EnSoEd (Leeuwarden)


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