The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science (IVA) project Prince Daniel’s Fellowship is visiting Borås today to talk entrepreneurship with young students from Sven Eriksonsgymnasiet upper secondary school and the University of Borås. Accompanying the Prince will be super-entrepreneurs and inspiring figures Martin Lorentzon of Spotify, Caroline Walerud of Volumental and Jonas Nordlander of Avito. Together they hope to be able to get more young people to be willing and have the courage to start a business.
The Prince and the entrepreneurs will visit the students at Sven Eriksonsgymnasiet in the morning. The programme will start with a lecture, after which some of the students will have the chance to talk in more detail about entrepreneurship and share their ideas and dreams for the future in round table conversations with the Prince and the inspiring entrepreneurs. Also participating in the school event will be Rebecca Bitto from Ung Företagsamhet, district head of upper secondary schools Catrine Berglund and school principal Pär Sundbaum.
The project delegation will continue on to the University of Borås for another panel discussion before an audience and round table conversations with students. University Vice-Chancellor Björn Brorström will take part.
Soon IVA with Prince Daniel’s Fellowship will have visited all of Sweden’s university cities. We have already visited more than 50 seats of learning and have met with more than 10,000 upper secondary and university students. We believe this project is making a big difference by helping more young people believe that they can shape their own future by going for entrepreneurship, says Johan Weigelt, Project Manager of Prince Daniel’s Fellowship.
Before the end of the year Prince Daniel’s Fellowship will visit two more cities in Sweden, the first of them will be Skellefteå on 13 October. Every year the project visits between six and ten locations.
Prince Daniel’s Fellowship is a long-term collaboration between Prince Daniel, IVA and prominent entrepreneurs and business leaders. The vision for the project, which was launched in 2013, is to encourage more young people to see entrepreneurship as an option and to empower those who want to become entrepreneurs with the courage do so. In the long-term it is hoped that the project will contribute to a culture that fosters entrepreneurship and a more accepting attitude to risk and failure.
A number of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders have been assembled to form an inspiration network. These inspiring individuals along with Prince Daniel visit upper secondary schools and universities around the country to encourage young people to become entrepreneurs.
The project is supported by Handelsbanken, Nordea, SEB, Swedbank and Ingvar Kamprad.