Conference 2017

The #empl-oi dissemination conference took place on October 5th, 2017 in Kaunas Lithuania and was hosted by Vytautas Magnus University. The aim of the conference was to deepen the knowledge of the innovative learning material – the #empl-oi Open Online Course on Social entrepreneurship- prepared by European universities and companies. The conference was also focused on the Guidelines; a tool that helps to ensure a smooth and regular collaboration between universities and companies.

Academics, professionals from the labor market and policy makers were invited to share their experience and training methodologies for the development of social entrepreneurship mindsets. Panel and plenary discussions were mainly based on most efficient methods to improve universities and companies’ cooperation. It was also an occasion to get awareness on the stakeholders’ expectations, involved in this collaboration. Participants also had the possibility to attend workshops to test the Open Online Course and share their feedback.


All the activities planned were held at Vytautas Magnus University. The planary and workshop sessions took place in Gimnazijos g.7 at Didžioji aula.

09:30 Registration and coffee

Opening ceremony

  • Welcome speeches (Vytautas Magnus University

Project #empl-oi : Starting point to the Entrepreneurial vision of education (University of Nice; University of Alcalà



University and Business cooperation: Competence development and smart practices (VMU, Centre for Enterprise practices)


Plenary Sessions – #empl-oi Intellectual Outputs  

  • IO1 - Open Online Course on Social Entrepreneurship (University of Lodz)
  • IO2 - Guidelines : a tool to ensure a smooth and regular University/Companies collaboration (University of Naples)
11:20  Conference on "Local Hubs dynamism among #empl-oi Institutions" (University of Alcalà)
11:40 Conference on "Service innovation and its scope" (University Nice)
12:00 Conference on "Creativity in entrepreneurship" (University of Latvia)
12:20 Conference on "How to bridge the gap between University and Companies"(Lithuanian Business Confederation)
12:40 Lunch break


(14:45-15:00 Coffee break)


Workshop sessions: “Entrepreneurial Universities” (VMU - practical centre) 

  • Ideas prototyping with students through process of “Design Thinking” methodology
  • Setting students personal and team goals with “Lego serios play” methodology
  • Mentoring your students with “Points of You” methodology
  • Developing Entrepreneurship skills through “Business model canvas” methodology
  • Discussions and Feedback on the Open Online Course (University of Lodz, University of Alcalà, University of Naples, University of Nice) 

Open discussion on conference methodologies and best practices.

Certificates and Closing speeches 


Closing ceremony


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