Prince Daniel’s Fellowship is an entrepreneurship programme to inspire young people to become entrepreneurs and to support young entrepreneurs. The objective is to present role models and have a dialogue with upper secondary school and university students to contribute long term to a culture that promotes entrepreneurship
Prince Daniel’s Fellowship is a long-term collaboration between Prince Daniel, IVA and prominent entrepreneurs and business leaders. The project was launched in January 2013 with the aspiration to contribute to a more favourable culture for entrepreneurship and greater acceptance of risk and failure.
Inspiration from the business community
The project has gathered a group of entrepreneurs and business leaders to participate as mentors and provide inspiration. Their contribution to the project will be to visit schools and universities, act as mentors in the project’s mentoring programme and participate in other project activities aimed at encouraging young entrepreneurs.
Leading figures from business and industry provide inspiration
Prince Daniel’s Fellowship and Entrepreneurship Programme has selected a group of entrepreneurs and business leaders to participate as mentors and to provide inspiration. Their contribution to the project will be to visit schools and universities, act as mentors in the project’s mentoring programme and participate in other project activities aimed at encouraging young entrepreneurs.
Mentoring programme for young entrepreneurs
The mentoring programme aims to support young entrepreneurs to develop their enterprises and to do this by engaging members of the project’s Council of Experts as mentors. In autumn 2013, following an open application process, the first five young candidates were selected. The candidates are paired with a mentor and work together for two years. A new round of the mentoring programme was launched in autumn 2015.
More entrepreneurs receive support from Prince Daniel’s Fellowship
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Prince Daniel’s Fellowship launched a new round of the Mentorship Programme on 10 November 2015. Seven new mentor/mentee pairs are working together until November 2017. The purpose is to help driven young entrepreneurs to take the next step in developing their business venture.
The participants in the last round of pairings were honoured at Prince Daniel’s Entrepreneurship Day at IVA on 10 November 2015. They worked together from 2013 to 2015, and the five young entrepreneurs who took part all testified to the significance of the support they received from their mentor. Now more young entrepreneurs are getting the same opportunity. After a selection process during the spring, seven enterprises founded and run by a total of nine dedicated entrepreneurs were selected for the programme. The young business leaders were matched with highly experienced entrepreneurs.
The pairs participating in the 2015–2017 Mentoring Programme are:
Erik Fjellborg, Quinyx – Bert Nordberg
Emilia Lindmark, EoE Glasses – Michael Schiller, Acne Studios
Johan Haglund and Filip Celander, Agrilogik – Carl-Gustaf Wachtmeister
Deniz Yildirim, Tretton37 – Marie Bredberg, Saab Group
Henning Källqvist, Care of Carl – Fredrik Persson
David Nord, Worksystem – Staffan Bohman
Victoria Carlsson and Sofie Stenmark, Yollibox – Håkan Lundstedt, Synsam
Visits to upper secondary schools and universities throughout the country
The purpose of the school/university visits is to have a dialogue with students and to present role models to provide inspiration for entrepreneurship and enterprise. Prince Daniel, two or three members of the project’s Council of Experts, local entrepreneurs and local organisations all participate. The visits consist of moderated discussions and a Q&A with Prince Daniel, experts and local entrepreneurs in an auditorium format, as well as round table conversations with smaller groups of students. Each visit is planned in consultation with the participating schools/universities and local organisations that support new enterprise among young people. Six to eight visits take place each year.
THE PROJECT VISION
For more young people to view entrepreneurship as an option.
To encourage all young people who want to be entrepreneurs to have the courage to do it.
The project’s Steering Committee consists of Marcus Wallenberg (Chairman), HRH Prince Daniel (Honorary Chairman), Marshal of the Court, Karolin A. Johansson, Carl Bennet, Johan Skarborg and Johan Weigelt (IVA).
The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences is running the project in cooperation with HRH Prince Daniel, with support from Ingvar Kamprad and the banks Handelsbanken, SEB and Swedbank.