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Enterprise without Borders

A high school and/or college web-based programme providing access to an international entrepreneurial experience for students running mini-companies. The programme aims to create cross-border international partnerships and mutual benefits for students around the world, as part of their JA-YE experience.

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Purpose and process

To give students a real opportunity to learn the basics of international business, set up and operate a company, work with students from other nations and come to appreciate the diversity and benefits of other cultures. Once their company profile is uploaded to the dedicated website, students can share ideas, sell each others’ products in each others’ markets and even potentially reduce costs by sourcing certain services or product components from other countries.

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Learning outcomes

The programme aims to promote the spirit of enterprise among educators and students. Students can learn to:

  • Develop an understanding of the economic principles of European trade
  • Demonstrate how the economic principles of European and international trade apply to business
  • Trade across borders, setting up and managing an enterprise and working with a rich and varied number of business cultures from other nations
  • Develop communications, analytical, and decision-making skills
  • Foster sensitivity to other cultures, as well as cross-cultural understanding
  • Develop positive attitudes for personal success, lifelong learning and employability

Curricular or thematic relevance

Standalone enterprise activity related to the setting up and running of student mini-companies as part of a curriculum subject or as a voluntary activity in students' own time.

Enterprise without Borders is implemented in 28 countries in Europe. In 6 countries, the education authorities accredit it for teaching within the school curriculum. In the remaining countries, Enterprise without Borders is implemented as Phase 2 of the Company Programme and is linked via this activity to the national curricula for entrepreneurship.

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How to organise:

The programme covers 8-12 weeks of company trading - more likely to take place outside timetabled lesson times

Volunteer involvement

During the trading weeks, students work together with a volunteer business adviser

Additional comments

For detailed information and access to possible international partners, go to: http://www.jaewb.org/ 

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Files for download:

EwB factsheet for 2013-2014 / 667kB

Provider Institution:

, JA-YE Europe  Belgium

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Profile of the tool and method

    ECB
19.02.2014

I think it is perfect because youngsters are always willing to make contact with other countries youngsters, and in can generate mobility programs among partners and involve language learning by doing.

 

    Simona
25.02.2014

I believe it's great because our students are starting to realise they are a part of a greater community, a part of European Union and need to learn and understand how trade across borders works.

 

    Carla Laranjeira
25.02.2014

The experience EwB is really good for my students establish network with their colleagues worldwide, gain valuable business experience and job skills. The markets have grown up and now the job market has no boundaries, so the earlier young people begin contact with this reality will be better prepared for the future.

 

    OleDevik
25.02.2014

My students have being working with EwB this year and it's been a great exerience in building a network across Europe. The possibilities are really great and the new web page si a long wa forward in building a community of learners and educators across Europe. Very usefull for entreprenurship education.

 

    Mirela
26.02.2014

One great opportunity for student to share their ideas and products, as well as the possibility to visit each other. I'm sure it would be very usefull for my students

 

    ildiko
27.02.2014

I think our students would be involved in this programme. It would complete their theoretical knowledge and would improve their skills and personalities. I'm really interested in other details and experiences in connnection with entrepreneurial teaching methods.

 

    Eloiza
01.03.2014

I like this method. I feel it's in line with the trends and needs of the modern world that is moving towards globalisation and no border trading. It also allows for best practices to be exchanged at an international level - very important for smaller countries.

 

    Verónica
01.03.2014

Enterprise Without Borders gives students the opportunity to meet new cultures, new business ideas and at the same time the chance to share knowledge with a common purpose - mutual support.

 

    Diana Draganescu
03.03.2014

Enterprise without Borders is a great opportunity for students to learn how to develop their business ideas in a global market!

 

    
04.03.2014

EwB is a great tool for both teachers and students - it brings international experience. The new EwB Platform is now open for all JA countries - which means that students can co-operate with their peers from other continents. It also enables teachers to work together on various projects and share best practices.

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Total number of reviews so far: [ 10 ]

The latest review

EwB is a great tool for both teachers and students - it brings international experience. The new EwB Platform is now open for all JA countries - which means that students can co-operate with their peers from other continents. It also enables teachers to work together on various projects and share best practices.

 04.03.2014

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