From the 1st until the 3rd of July 2020, EURADA hosted its annual Summer Course.

In March, at the start of the outbreak of the global pandemic, EURADA decided to overhaul the organisation and format to ensure that this annual event, geared towards young professionals working in the field of regional economic development, could still take place, albeit online. During these three days the EURADA Summer Course gathered over 120 participants, thereby breaking the record of attendance at previous editions. Participants were clearly keen to learn the ins and outs of successful European proposal writing and project implementation from experienced project managers.

The second day of the Course, moderated by Mrs Tessa Anné of the Social Seeds consortium, was entirely dedicated to Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship: participants were able to look into different aspects of project management through the lens of social business.

Mr David Jepson, member of EURADA’s Eminence Grise Club, explained the differences between social innovation, social enterprises, and social change to the attendees.

Representing Interreg Europe’s RaiSE project, Ms Paula Santarén of ACCIÓ shared her insights on how to lead a project, from the conceptual phase to the actual implementation.
Mr Zdeněk Hanzal of RERA spoke on behalf of our Social Seeds project and shared very valuable tips and tricks on how to be part of a consortium, the importance of a good network, and where to find the correct information on calls for proposals.

The day was concluded with a practical exercise lead by Mr Esteban Pelayo, director of Social Seeds’ partner EURADA, who illustrated through a mock proposal how to identify the main elements of a proposal, how to spot potential pitfalls and how to analyse a specific proposal in terms of deliverables and work packages.

Did you miss out on this event? No need to panic, as EURADA has gathered all the information (recordings, supporting documents, presentations) on one very handy webpage. If you would like more information about EURADA’s 2021 Summer Course that will be held from the 29th of June to the 1st of July, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mrs Tessa Anné at EURADA.