Monday, 21 November 2016

Lisbon dreams of Europe's Silicon Valley tag

Lisbon is betting that hosting the Web Summit, Europe's largest tech event, will spur the growth of startups and draw foreign investors, helping it compete with the continent's main innovation hubs.
While the crisis hammered the Portuguese economy, it also drove change, pushing people to come up with new ideas for businesses—many of them tech startups.
During the first half of the year the number of new companies that were created was 3.3 times higher than the number of firms that went under, according to government figures.
To fuel the expansion of the startup sector the government lobbied hard to bring the annual Web Summit to Lisbon. The tech expo has been held every year in Dublin since its launch in 2010. Some 50,000 participants and 15,000 companies from around the world are expected to attend the November 8-10 event, nearly double the 27,500 people who attended last year. Lisbon  will host the annual event until at least 2018.
Portugal's secretary of state for industry, João Vasconcelos, said he hoped hosting the event will give rise to a new generation of entrepreneurs.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Dresses just for you - Emmaroz by Réka Szűcs, Hungary

                  Having become entrepreneurs ourselves, we keep our eyes open to spot successful entrepreneurs working right around us.
Previously an HR manager, Enikő Lilla Szénási became a businesswoman in July 2014, when she fulfilled her dream by opening “Emmaroz” an individual dressmaking saloon and designer shop in Szeged, Hungary. She named the shop after her daughter Emma Róza hoping that she would once take over.

                To produce individual and high-quality clothes is a particularly big challenge nowadays, when fast-fashion stores launch new collections every two weeks or so in order to make customers to keep shopping. “Emmaroz” would like to show that a great wardrobe does not necessarily contain heaps of clothes, but if they are good quality and designed just for you, you will just love it.

                  ‘Think about it,’ says the owner. ‘If you keep on purchasing¹ dozens of clothes crazily, you will end up wearing only like two of them regularly. You will always find there is something wrong with them and just throw them at the bottom of your closet.’²
The shop is open for ladies interested in fashion and style. Along with a cup of coffee or a macaron, they can learn about the trends of the next season. There regular events, too, including style guidance, film screenings, meetings with designers, talks and wardrobe parties. The owner of “Emmaroz” strongly believes that one does not need to be a special size or have an upcoming special occasion to go to an individual dressmas become a production partner for young designers. Its dressmaking workshop has already collaboaker.
What is more, the company hrated with almost all the successful designers of Hungary. At the same time, customers can also buy some pieces in the designer shop – for the first time in Szeged.
Another interesting thing about “Emmaroz” is the place itself. Its interior design is a combination of a 19th-century dressmaking saloon and a contemporary design shop. In the fitting room³, there is a mirror with the sign “Gyönyörű vagy!”, which means ‘You are beautiful!’.
                 This unique shop in Szeged is a great example to show how entrepreneurial dreams can come true.

¹purchase - buy
²closet - small room for storing things
³fitting room - place in a shop where you can try on clothes

Monday, 24 October 2016

7 things to do as an entrepreneur in Belgium

If you’ve decided that it’s time to focus on your own business and carve out a career as an entrepreneur in Belgium, why not use our handy checklist to make sure you are well prepared and have done everything you need to.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Why Invest In Cyprus

Foreign investors choose Cyprus!
Cyprus is one of the most attractive business destinations in the world due to its location, taxation systems and friendly legislation. It is located at the crossroads of three continents (Europe, Africa and Asia providing investors with the opportunity of easy access to and from each area. Also, due to the country’s membership in EU and the Economic and Monetary Union all foreign investors have to opportunity to access the EU market.

Monday, 26 September 2016

The World Entrepreneurship Week in Cieszyn

Zamek Cieszyn – an institution promoting culture, design and entrepreneurship organized The World Entrepreneurship Week  in Cieszyn. This is an international project run since 2008 in which over 100 countries from all over the world (including Poland) are taking part. All the participants want to develop business initiatives. This year’s motto is BUSINESS IS GOOD, ENTREPRENEURHIP IS GOOD.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

What makes Lisbon so attractive

It’s no secret anymore that Lisbon is one of Europe’s up and coming places to be for entrepreneurs, startups and investors. As a communications professional working in the tech scene for over a decade, a few things struck me about Lisbon’s budding tech scene.
Why is there such a fascination with Lisbon from the tech community?
First of all, Lisbon is incredibly attractive to anyone who wants to build a business – the city is fertile ground for risk taking and entrepreneurship. In recent years, a new development model has started to unfold, with a clear Lisbon demonstrating a competitive advantage based on knowledge and innovation. The cost of living is much cheaper that in most other capitals in Western Europe. Combined with that – Portugal’s education system is exceptional – making for a fantastic pool of local talent at competitive prices and fluent in English. From developers to UX experts, through to designers, the entire country is packed with an ambitious multilingual and highly qualified youth.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Never lose your sense of wonder! – Game of Tones at the JA Europe Company of the Year Competition

Having received the title Mini-company of the Year 2016 in Hungary, Game of Tones got the opportunity to represent our country at the JA Europe Competition in Lucerne, Switzerland between July 25 and 27, 2016.
The flagship programme of the organization Junior Achievement is the Company Programme, which offers high school students the opportunity to learn how to move a business idea from concept to reality. To their annual competition, the best mini-companies of the participating 36 countries are invited to introduce themselves and compete for the award JA Europe Company of the Year.

Friday, 17 June 2016

QUESTIONNAIRE about school companies by Ted Time from Portugal

1.     Are you satisfied with your cooperation between members of  your school company? Why?

We are all satisfied with our cooperation because as a team we work really well together, we develop our expert services, we outline strategic advantages and we implement important marketing decisions. As a result, we also won the logo contest and the video contest.

2.     Did you have any problems with running your school companies? How did you cope with them?
At the beginning we had to build our team, we had to think outside the box and learn how to build a small business, in fact it was our first time. Also, we were the only company selling a service, so our major struggle was: how to get profit out of this business.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

QUESTIONNAIRE about school companies - SOIZ TIME from Poland

1.     Are you satisfied with your cooperation between members of  your school company? Why?

We are satisfied with the relations between workers in our company. They are based on partner relations and mutual respect. We cooperate with each other by planning and taking decisions together. We try to share the tasks fairly.

2.     Did you have any problems with running your school companies? How did you cope with them?

There were minor misunderstandings which we tried to solve together by talking to each other. Sometimes we couldn’t do some tasks in our company by ourselves so we had to ask vocational subject teachers to help us.

3.     To what extend did you manage to accomplish  all plans and activities which you had set  in your business plan?
We managed to organize a few interesting events:
·       a city rally for SOiZ students
·       a city rally for Erasmus + partners
·       class trips to Warsaw and Krakow
·       conducting a game ‘Communication in a team’ in other classes by using Lego blocks
·       St Valentine’s Day contest
·       we also run a FB profile

4.     To what extend did you accomplish your business plan?

We accomplished it successfully in all points.

5.     What was the strength of your school company?

Mutual respect, acceptance, friendly relations, tourism hobbies, eagerness to work and determination in doing the tasks are our strengths.

6.     What was the weakness of your company?

Low financial possibilities and no profit earned from the events were our weaknesses. Sometimes we also lacked enough time to work together.

7.     How successful was the school company and what are you proud of?

Our biggest success was preparing and realization of the school trips to Warsaw and Krakow. We prepared the itineraries, calculated the trips and booked the hotel, all tickets and admissions. We played the roles of tour guides by ourselves.

8.     What knowledge did you acquire while running the school company
Running our company we learned how to run business. All the vocational subject classes taught us a lot. Thanks to them nothing surprised us. We learned how to prepare itineraries, organize events and prepare calculations.

9.     What skills did you get while running the school company?

While running the school company we learned how to monitor organizing trips, how to run a travel agency and how to cooperate in a team which consisted  of students from our class- different personalities. We learned that in order to run a business we need to be determined and eager to do it.

10.  Can you see any opportunities for development of your company as ‘real’ entrepreneurs in the future?

There is a big opportunity for our company to become a big real company because the basis for success is our self-denial, creative people and integrated team. We believe that running the company as a big real one is a big challenge for us but also an adventure, because we all truly love tourism.

11.  What opportunities and threats can you see?

Our age, knowledge of tourism and the market, ability to speak three languages( English, German and Italian) are our big advantages. We are aware of the threats that are waiting for us in current world. Cieszyn is a small town with a lot of travel agencies competing with each other. However,  self-discipline is most important, which we know we can make it!!!

Monday, 6 June 2016

Forget the Meir, Convoi is where it’s at in Antwerp

Tucked neatly behind Waagnatie, on the banks of the Scheldt, you’ll find Antwerp’s newest and hippest shopping centre. Convoi has been created from over 50 shipping containers, which provide retail space to 40 businesses selling fashion, food, and design items for you and your home.

But there are no chains here. At Convoi, the tenants are mostly young and local entrepreneurs looking to try out an idea or product. “I wanted to make it as simple as possible,” says Kim Soeffers, the driving force behind the project. “Convoi gives them a space to test and evolve. Each container comes ready to use with lighting, wi-fi and a selection of fittings. All they have to do is bring their products.”

Monday, 23 May 2016

Entrepreneurial Skills

The Skills You Need to Build a Great Business

What makes someone a successful entrepreneur? It certainly helps to have strong technology skills or expertise in a key area, but these are not defining characteristics of entrepreneurship.
Instead, the key qualities are traits such as creativity, the ability to keep going in the face of hardship, and the social skills needed to build great teams.
If you want to start a business, it's essential to learn the specific skills that underpin these qualities. It's also important to develop entrepreneurial skills if you're in a job role where you're expected to develop a business, or "take things forward" more generally.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Cieszyn Castle

They are the first center of design in Silesia, they show how design can change an enterprise. 

They cooperate with public institutions and they try to find solutions which can make life easier. 

Every year Castle starts making events in January - they makes concerts, workshops, lectures, meetings for kids, teenagers and adults.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Made in Italy: a key driver for the scaling-up of your startup

Italy is celebrated throughout the world for its art, culture, creativity and manufacturing quality. These are the foundations on which the unique supply chain for “Made in Italy” products is built. Italy has brought industry, culture and lifestyle together in a way that does not only concern design and the superb quality of fashion, food and furniture, but also sheer artistic expression in all of its forms. Tellingly, a (1)KPMG report recently stated that “Made in Italy” is the 3rd best-known brand in the world. By establishing your startup in Italy, you will have the chance to leverage our most celebrated sectors, add value to your products and scale up your business.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Back on track!

Iconic "Syrena" , again conquers the hearts of Polish people. 

This iconic car, was made in Poland in 1955, and the company had finished the production of the car in 1983, after releasing over 520 000 units. 

Thanks to European Union funds, in Kutno a production of a new model of Polish car „Syrena" will start gain. However, this is not gonna be a car being sold on a large scale, but only in several hundred copies annually. Amateurs of Polish "Syrena" are already getting excited.

From the production line, in the first year will come  50 copies of "Syrena S201" , which shape will be modeled on its previous model. The design of the car is made by Bartosz Andrzejewski , a student from Warsaw Academy of Art. Components for "Syrena" will be made in Kutno. The engine with the capacity of 1,4l and power of 90KM and manual gearbox will come from General Motors. 

Modern "Syrena S201" will be equipped in ABS, air bags, air conditioning, electric windows and mirrors and electrical power steering. The car has already received his homologation, of Industrial Institute of motorization. 

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Monday, 11 April 2016

20 words you need to talk about....

20 words you need to talk about…
Startups and Entrepreneurship
Accelerator Business organizations that offer professional services to help accelerate startups (consulting, management coaching, mentoring, financing). They are very similar to incubators but they can take an equity stake in the company they host.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Web Grocery Basket

Local Entrepreneurship: Web Grocery Basket (
Web Grocery Basket by Zoltán Rácz, Hungary

This Szeged-based company sells vegetables and fruit. Every Wednesday, the company buys healthy and fresh vegetables and fruit from the same local farmers, who are committed to organic and ecological farming. Then, on Thursday, they sort them into boxes or baskets, which they deliver to five surrounding towns and the capital. The customers can pick up their baskets (which they have ordered online) at one of the delivery points, which can be a school, a yoga club or a private house. The Waldorf School in Szeged was one of the first delivery points, when the company was started three years ago.

Monday, 14 March 2016

In Bruges, beer to flow underground

Bruges, Belgium (CNN)Under the streets of the medieval Belgian city of Bruges, a full two-mile pipeline is being built -- exclusively for beer.
The pipeline, which is expected to be completed this summer, will pump beer at a speed of 4,000 liters (about 1,057 gallons) an hour from De Halve Maan Brewery in the center of Brussels to its bottling plant outside the city. 
"I think we are the very first ones to do this ever in the world," says Xavier Vanneste, whose family has run the brewery for 160 years.

Monday, 29 February 2016

How to open business in Cyprus!

Many people turn to self-employment or start their own business when they start a new life abroad, although this can be very risky indeed in a foreign country.
If you’re thinking of doing this in Cyprus, you must do plenty of research into the country and its history, people, culture and of course business environment. In theory, now that Cyprus has joined the EU, other EU citizens can work as a self-employed person or start a business in Cyprus without restriction. For example, EU citizens are now able to start a business without needing a local Cypriot partner and there’s no minimum investment required.

Monday, 15 February 2016

IIIrd Women Congress in Cieszyn Silesia

Women congress

Women’s everyday space’, ‘Education develops and enriches’ – these are the mottos of this year’s IIIrd  Women Congress in Cieszyn Silesia. Creative Women Club Association organized a two-day meeting which was held 16th-17th October 2015 in Cieszyn.
     The Congress is an event aimed at both women and men. It was prepared for the first time three years ago by Creative Women Club Association, which has been working in favour of women for seven years. The IIIrd Congress was held under auspices of the vice-marshal of Silesian Province – Aleksandra Skowronek, the member of Polish Parliament  - Miroslawa Nykiel and the rector of The university of Dąbrowa Górnicza – prof. dr. Zdzislawa Dacko-Pikiewicz.

Friday, 12 February 2016


Our Vision – To be the first school company in Setúbal city to provide a service that will make the experience of studying abroad a memorable and valuable experience for Erasmus students.
Our Mission – To bring about happiness and well-being to our clients during their Erasmus study period in Setúbal by promoting experiences that will enrich their body and mind.
Our Values – Our values include Happiness, Youth and Well-being. Studying abroad is a unique experience and to overcome the first obstacles in a new city we are strongly committed to make your stay a happier and more satisfying experience with the help of a young team. 

Monday, 1 February 2016

10 Steps to becoming a successful entrepreneur!

Succeeding as an entrepreneur takes hard work and persistence because, unfortunately, there is no business-startup fairy who magically bestows success on small businesses and their owners.
Most successful entrepreneurs follow comparable patterns and share similar basic characteristics. Hundreds of online articles and published books claim to know the secret of success in business, but for the most part, they boil down to the same major points.
Passion, perseverance and a positive attitude tend to set successful entrepreneurs apart. Cultivating these attributes requires an innate skill set and some tips to get started.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Lisboa 2015 European Capital of Entrepreneurship

2015 is over… and it was an inspiring year for our capital city. In the 107th meeting of the EU Regions Committee, Lisbon received the award of European Entrepreneurial City.

Monday, 4 January 2016

The Punks of Economic Life in Hungary by Andrej Petri.

There are two types of Hungarian entrepreneurs: the diligent innovators and the tricksters. What comes to your mind if you think about entrepreneurs? Are they constantly looking for loopholes in the system? Are they running their business just because they need money? Or can an entrepreneur be innovative, creative and brave, as well?
The founders of Bridge Budapest, a cooperation of quickly developing and internationally successful companies that started out from Hungary (including Prezi, Ustream, LogMeIn, NNG, etc.), are interested in these questions along with Transparency International and CEU Business School. Because they believe that, a country's competitiveness depends on the existence of smart enterprises.