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Organized workshop ‘’Sustainable student enterprise – characteristics and structure’’

Association Sunce on Friday, 19th March organized the first of five workshops for students and teachers from three partner high schools: Highschool Braće Radić, High School for Sustainable Development and Crafts and Technical Highschool.

The workshops are a part of the project ’Sustainable student companies in Croatian high schools’’ where Association Sunce is in partnership with the German institution Deutsche Gesellschaft für Umwelterziehung (DGU). The project is financed by the German foundation for environmental protection—The Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU), which is one of Europe’s largest foundations that promote innovative environmental projects. 

The goal of this workshop is to help students to develop a business idea that, in partnership with each other will successfully implemented within (for two newly formed schools) student cooperatives. The workshops were held under the expert guidance of a mentor from Cidrani, Nika & Bruno – the team who stands behind the new Croatian concept of living a healthy life.

Through various participatory methods, 17 students and teachers reflected on personal motives, qualities, and directions in which they want to develop and to eventually come up with a unique, common product. In this whole process of developing the business model the students and the teachers had and will have help from three students from Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism, and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Split as a part of  the practice trough service-learning program and trough „Social innovators“ project.

Service-learning as a principle of learning is not something new in Association Sunce given that the model been applied in cooperation with the University of Split since 2015. The workshop was organized in the new incubator named Spinit– a place where the students from Split have the opportunity under the mentorship of the professors to develop and test their business idea. The incubator has more than 2,500 square meters that include 26 modular offices, a coworking space with 45 workplaces, three offices for entrepreneurial support institutions, an accelerator program office, a hardware lab, nine meeting rooms, four kitchens, five social rooms, a recreation area and three conference rooms.

In this symbolic environment, our students and teachers have developed new skills and competencies, and if you are interested in how the story will develop further, follow our website and social pages of the Sunce Association (Facebook and Instagram).