Innovate Passion Blekinge
|Coordinator||Almi Företagspartner Blekinge Aktiebolag - Almi Företagspartner Blekinge AB|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 300 000|
|Project duration||December 2016 - November 2017|
Purpose and goal
The aim was to raise young women´s innovative power and, together with them, develop brand new technology areas and new professions with their passion as a starting point. All goals were met. Eight suggestions for new ideas in technology and innovation were presented during the event. A physical and digital platform was met with the creation of a Facebook group that participants can use in the future. The goal of increased knowledge was met according to the evaluation. 4.3 / 5 said that they learned new things, 4.4 / 5 said that they tested new technology and 4.6 / 5 said that they got inspired.
Expected results and effects
The project was expected to lead increased interest in innovation in Blekinge based on young women´s passion. According to the evaluation, we see that the expected effects have been achieved. Participants have also been offered an entrepreneurial program, business advisors, a workspace, mentoring, networking, access to technical equipment and the opportunity to take part in competitions if they want to continue developing their ideas now when Innovate Passion is over.
Planned approach and implementation
The project planned and executed an event where about 30 young women aged 15-19 could try different technologies such as Quirkbot, Creative Programming, VR, 3D Printing and Makey Makey and develop ideas on innovations with business advisors based on their passions. The project partners worked well together and it was a good decision to also bring in young people in the design and marketing of the event.