BSS - Incubation process with need-orientated education

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Short description

The incubation process is an up to 9 months need-orientated education program for potential and/or young social start-ups as well as associations which combines thematic trainings with coaching/advisory sessions and provides further networking and coworking opportunities.

Within the incubation process participants can pass through 4 phases (profiling, development of a/their business model, go to market and implementation/foundation) which reflect different stages of development. For each stage of development there are several modules available that cover their special needs:

The stage of development can be accompanied by regular pitch sessions.

Target group

Non-enterprise entities

Start-ups

Existing enterprises - development phase

Existing enterprises - growth phase

Benefit for target group

Improving business knowledge

Using infrastructure possibilities

Getting in contact with other enterprises

Getting in contact with financing partners

Coaching/Education components

  • Long-term education.

Measures

  • Offer feedback opportunities (e. g. one-on-one).

  • Recognise special needs of SEs and react to them.

  • Offer educational opportunities with professionals.

  • Offer SEs to present themselves to network partners.

 

Expected outcome

Increasing the number of SEs

Improving the marketability/survivability of SEs

Improving business knowledge of SEs

Help to access to banks

Specific activities and resources required

Financing

  • Budget to cover external expertise.

Human resources

  • At least 2 persons (organiser & coach).

Other resources

  • Enthusiasm, experience with SEs, communication skills, network of multipliers & experts.

Implementation steps

  • Ideas competition/scouting.

  • Selection of participants (e. g. pitch).

  • Classification of participants &

    o Match with appropriate training topics.

    o    Determine relevant mentoring sessions.

    o    Bring together with partners/projects.

  • Regular feedback (and pitch) sessions.

  • The Pilot-Incubation Process:

 

Key factors for success

  • Highly motivated participants that seek to found a social start-up.

  • Existing social start-ups with the aim to get marketable soon.

  • Involvement of and cooperation with local stakeholders.

Furthermore:

  • Close communication with pilot participants, especially clear communication of program requirements including the willingness to participate in events and feedback loops; central contact persons for the pilot participants during the whole process.

  • Awareness-raising for and dissemination of the topic SE through a visualisation of the development of participating ideas; a platform/communication manager can be helpful.

Stage of implementation

Pilot (Implemented once, first experiences)

Implementation area

Saxony-Anhalt (Germany)

Necessary modifications for rural regions

  • Program elements (e. g. training) should be available online.

  • There should be one contact point for all supporting actions.

  • Networking events should be reachable for all participants.

Other tools suitable for combination

Mutual learning process through regular feedback loops

Any questions? Feel free to ask us!

Further information

https://www.mitz-merseburg.de/en/

Organisation

Merseburg Innovation and Technology Centre

Name

Kathrin Schaper-Thoma

Mail

k.schaper@mitz-merseburg.de