18, 20 and 25/01 StartCraft, Co-innovating the future of crafting

During the month of January, the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg will organize three professional networking forums: StartCraft, Co-innovating the future of crafting.

These professional networking forums are part of the StartCraft project, an initiative managed by the Chamber and funded by the Erasmus + program, with the aim to develop and offer training and practical education in entrepreneurship for artisans.

StartCraft, Co-innovating the future of crafting, is aimed at crafts or future crafts- entrepreneurs.

Participants may choose to attend one of the following forums:

  • Monday, January 18th from 12:30 to 13:30
  • Wednesday, January 20th from 12:30 to 13:30
  • Monday, January 25th from 12:30 to 13:30

During these meetings, participants will be able to discover in detail the set of educational materials for craftworkers that will be developed by the project, including free online training courses and a market training tool.

They will also be able to exchange their impressions about the needs that craftworkers have when starting a business, the challenges that managing a craft business presents, the skills and abilities needed to be a successful crafts entrepreneur, as well as the challenges that they have faced due to the current sanitary crisis.

Based on the conclusions of these forums, the StartCraft programme will develop specific training materials that respond to the expectations of the crafts sector and, at the same time, cover any gaps in training observed in the field of entrepreneurship.

All participants will receive a certificate of participation.

These forums will be held in English or French, depending on the needs of the participants.

You can register here.

For more information on the StartCraft project, check out our website.

Launch of the StartCraft project, a training programme for craftworkers

The past 29th and 30th October, the kick-off meeting to launch the StartCraft project was held. This is a training and practical education programme in entrepreneurship for craftworkers, of which the Chamber is the coordinator and in which seven other European organizations related to crafts and professional education are collaborating.

This first meeting of the partnership was held by videoconference due to the current travel restrictions as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

During this meeting, the Chamber, as coordinator of the programme, shared with the rest of the partners the main guidelines for locally managing the programme and promoting the participation of both established crafts entrepreneurs and potential crafts entrepreneurs or local crafts support bodies.

Additionally, Nieves Verdejo, representative of InnoHub, one of the seven members of the partnership and in charge of the project’s quality control, presented her approach on how to manage the project in terms of quality. This ensures that the project operates under standards of excellence, harmonized among all members of the partnership, and thus guaranteeing the smooth development of the project and of its final result.

Then, Cécile Sauvage, as representative of another member of the partnership, MEUS, then gave an overview of how it intends to maintain control over the risks that may arise throughout the project, with particular emphasis on the impact of the current Covid-19 crisis. She also presented possible responses or action protocols to be adopted in the event that certain risk situations common to this type of project might arise.

During the second day, Mike Triantafillou, on behalf of KAINOTOMIA, the Greek member of the partnership, presented the part of the project they are in charge of: the communication and dissemination strategy of the project. Also, he explained the different tools that will be used by the partnership to make the project visible.

Finally, Pilar Aguado, representative of MEUS, explained to the partners the methodology to be followed when elaborating the first of the tools that the partnership will produce: a report on the most demanded skills in the crafts sector.

The project seeks to involve:

  • Crafts entrepreneurs: illustrators, carpenters, restorers, jewellers, chocolate makers, brewers, etc. All professionals who carry out unique works, with a personal stamp and made by hand, who sell their products privately and without intermediaries.
  • Future and potential entrepreneurs in fields related to craftsmanship, such as furniture design, sculpture or illustration.
  • Organisations that offer professional training to craftworkers.

If you are interested in participating in the programme, you can find more information here or you can contact the Chamber at startcraft@e-camara.com.