The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science (IVA) project Prince Daniel’s Fellowship visited Malmö to talk entrepreneurship with young students from Värnhemsskolan and Malmö University.
Accompanying the Prince were super-entrepreneurs and inspiring figures Gunilla von Platen, Xzakt Kundrelation, Lina Gebäck, Linas matkasse and Nami Zarringhalam, TrueCaller. Also participating was Deniz Yildirim, founder and CEO of Tretton37 and one of the people being mentored in the Prince Daniel’s Fellowship mentoring program. Together they hope to be able to get more young people to choose to and have the courage to start a business.
The Prince and the entrepreneurs spent the morning visiting school students at Värnhemskolan. The programme started with a lecture after which a few students were given time to discuss entrepreneurship in more detail and share their ideas and dreams for the future in round table conversations with the Prince and the inspiring entrepreneurs.
Also in attendance were Susan Wahlgren from Ung Företagsamhet and the school’s principal Barbro Willners. The project delegation went on to Malmö University for another panel discussion before an audience and round table conversations with students. The university’s Vice-Chancellor Kerstin Tham also participated.
“The Prince Daniel’s Fellowship project is constantly growing and developing. Having different opportunities to support young people who believe in a future as an entrepreneur and business owner is both important and inspiring. We believe that with the help and inspiration of experts, more of them will have the courage to go for it – and that’s the point of the project,” says Project Manager, Johan Weigelt. During the year Prince Daniel’s Fellowship will visit three other locations in Sweden, the first of them will be Borås on 28 September.
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 a council of experts for the project. The experts and Prince Daniel visit upper secondary schools and universities around the country to inspire young people to become entrepreneurs.
More information on IVA’s project and the participants is available at www.iva.se/prins-daniels-fellowship
The project is supported by Handelsbanken, Nordea, SEB, Swedbank and Ingvar Kamprad.