Dr Elinor Vettraino, Head Coach and Programme Leader for Business and Enterprise at Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU), was invited to Brno in the Czech Republic to share practice, experience and knowledge with staff and teacher educators at Masaryk University focusing on the development of entrepreneurial learning.

Accompanying Dr Elinor Vettraino was BGU Student Daria Pipczynska, Team Entrepreneur and Director of Entity, a first year team company on the BA (Hons) Business (Team Entrepreneurship) programme at BGU. Dr Vettraino was pleased to see the trip offer a forum for international cooperation and development between two dynamic institutions:

“It was an exciting opportunity to engage in a knowledge exchange process that will benefit both BGU and Masaryk.”

As part of this international visit to Brno Dr Vettraino and Miss Pipczynska delivered a workshop on innovation using Team Academy methodology to teacher coordinators and social innovators. In addition they engaged in a number of meetings with Masaryk Universities faculties of education to move forward future international collaboration relating to entrepreneurial education, something that Miss Pipczynska was excited to see develop:

“I was both excited and grateful to be invited to share my knowledge and experience of our Team Entrepreneurship programme. I look forward to supporting Masaryk as it develops on its entrepreneurial journey.”

A highlight of their trip was their invitation to the South Moravian Innovation Centre (JIC) 15th year anniversary celebration event. This evening event came after exciting and significant meetings with JIC and Impact Hub, two prominent social innovation organizations in Brno with a view to create collaborative ventures. For Dr Vettraino the visit was an important step forward in BGU’s international relations:

“The celebration event we attended highlighted the importance of maintaining innovative partnerships during a time of geo-political instability in Europe. The timing of these conversations were therefore very apt.”

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7th June 2018