BLUES Programme - The road to entrepreneurship
BLUES (Blended-Learning International Entrepreneurship Skills) started in 2017 as an Erasmus + project, resulting from the collaboration of partners from five countries: Spain, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, and Finland. Although the project came to an end in the context of European co-financing in early 2020, the results of this project are still available on the official website and there are coordinated efforts for the program to have continuity and applicability.
Using the Blended Learning methodology, the program brings participants the opportunity to develop their business idea or join a multidisciplinary team and create an innovative solution to day-to-day problems, supported by a panel of experts and recognized teachers in the field.
The Blended Learning methodology has two components:
The BLUES methodology is adaptable to any existing program and suitable for students of any discipline and training.
Find out below information about the activities carried out under the BLUES Programme. In addition to the activities indicated, NOVA also participated in the various internal meetings and workshops with the consortium partners and hosted a training session in 2018.
The first Face-to-Face, “What, Why & How. Your Road to Entrepreneurship ”, aimed to provide students with their first vision of entrepreneurship through a programme that helped them develop essential skills required in the labor market, in a scenario where the job offer is scarce and there is a considerable number of companies that they are not in a position to compete in a global market. The ability to create their own job opportunities was the key idea of this course. According to the project methodology, the Face-to-Face sessions were combined with the respective MOOC.
Check all information and programme of this edition.
The 2nd Face-to-Face session took place at the end of 2019, over 15 sessions:
Session 1: Presentation of the Program & Team building | September 27
Session 2: Contact with Entrepreneurs - Success stories | October 1
Session 3: Design thinking & Selection of ideas | October 7
Session 4: Value Proposition and Market Analysis | October 11
Session 5: Business plan | October 15
Session 6: Financial Analysis I | October 22
Session 7: Financial Analysis II | October 24
Session 8: How to finance a business | October 28
Session 9: Legal aspects of entrepreneurship | november 4
Session 10: Business plan (development assessment) | november 11
Session 11: Contact with Entrepreneurs - Difficulties and resilience | November 18
Session 12: How to make a good pitch | November 25
Session 13: Visit to incubators | December 2
Session 14: Pitch Practice | December 9
Session 15: Final presentations and delivery of certificates | December 16
The Multiplier Entrepreneurship Event, which took place at NOVA's Rectorate on January 16, 2020, was the last BLUES event in the context of Erasmus + co-financing. However, it worked as a kick-off to take NOVA University Lisbon further in the scope of teaching methodologies for management and entrepreneurship skills.
The event, which brought together teachers, mentors, and partners from the digital area, was a moment of reflection and exchange of good practices. The session also included the launch of the NOVA Mentor Network, a network that aims to connect experts from different areas to NOVA entrepreneurs for mentoring and counseling support.