7th BIP Cross Borders Summer Camp
BIP organized the 7th Annual Cross Borders Summer Camp in Sutomore, Montenegro from 16th to 21st of June for Students who had won the award for "Overall Best Company" under the Student Entrepreneurship Program run in participating secondary schools.
The theme for the camp this year was ”Methods for Problem Solving in small comanies”, in addition to be a meeting place for young entrepreenurs from Norway and the West- Balkans.
This year’s winners from Norway and Bosnia and Herzegovina comprised 35 participants, (30 students and 5 teachers) from both countries. They spent all 5 days working on topics such as problem solving, design and process organizational techniques.
Participants from Norway came from Malakoff School in Moss, with their winning product of an internet based news bulletin service for young people.
The 4 secondary schools from Bosnia and Herzegovina came from Banja Luka, Teslić, Srebrenik and Pale. Their winning products were: a double seat city bicycle; a folding coffee table, marketing services and a garden chair.
In addition to the workshop sessions, students and accompanying teachers had free time to get to know each other and enjoy the seaside and go on field trips to other towns in Montenegro.
On the last two days of the Summer Camp an additional 37 students and 7 teachers from Montenegro and Serbia joined the other participants. This group were the award winners from the Student Entrepreneurship Fairs in their regions, coming from the towns of Mojkovac, Berane and Rožaje in Montenegro and from Kraljevo, Ivanjica and Vrnjačka Banja in Serbia.
For the last two days of this year's 7th Summer Camp there were a grand total of 71 participants from 4 countries taking part in the workshops that were organized and the farewell party.
The Summer Camp was also attended for the first time by the Project Manager for the BIP Youth Entrepreneurship Program in Iraq, Dr. Tahir Hussein.
Cooperation with Sparebank 1, Østfold and Akershus
Once again this year the Sparebank 1 for Østfold and Akershus sponsored one of the winning companies from Østfold County to paticipate and to represent Norway on the Summer Camp.
”Unge Tider ” from Moss was selected and came to Sutomore via Dubrovnik Airport in the middle of June. As describged above, the camp lasted for five days with extensive group work, friendly competitions and presentations. In between the lessons, the participants went on excursions and also got a chance to go swimming.
It was some interesting days filled with new knowlede and lots of new impressions for all the participants, and it might even create a base for more cooperation between schools and individuals in the future.
The feedback from the participants has been very good and Business Innovation Programs want to thank for the support from Sparebank 1 that made this possible.
Report from ”UNGE TIDER” (in Norwegian)
6th International Cross Borders Summer Camp
This year the Cross Borders Summer Camp in Sutomore took place from 16th to 21st June. It gathered 48 students, 9 teachers-mentors and 7 BIP staff from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Norway. Participation at the Camp was an award for being the best student company at previously organized regional fairs.
After opening the Camp, all 9 student companies from Bosnia Hercegovina, Serbia and Norway presented themselves, their schools, hometowns and countries. Since each student company was coming from different towns and countries, it was very interesting to hear their presentations and to meet new faces. During the Summer Camp students got along very well, during the free time as well as during the working hours.
The working hours included theory session and practical work in groups. Participants were divided into 12 groups - 10 student groups and 2 teacher groups. They were mixed between the various companies, so it was a challenge to cooperate with people they barely knew. This also provided an opportunity to meet colleagues and to communicate in English, since there were participants who didn’t understand local language. The topics were: “Systematic problem solving” and “Process analysis and design”. After each theory session, the groups got a case study to work on. The participants showed a high level of understanding of the topics and were very interested in contributing to the group work.
As usual, the program offered free time after the working session. Since it was warm and sunny all five days, participants spent much of their free time at the beach. Part of the program run every year was a trip to Skadar Lake and farewell party at the beach bar. Both events included lots of music and dancing and of course competition: the Limbo Dance at the boat and “Strange Hats” at the farewell party.
On the morning of June 19th, the Mayor of the municipality Bar, Mr. Zarko Pavicevic, visited the Summer Camp during the working session. The Mayor expressed a hope that schools from Montenegro would participate in the Student Enterprise program and the Summer Camp in the future.
5th BIP STUDENT ENTERPRISE SUMMER CAMP
Another successful Business Innovation Programs (BIP) Summer Camp took place from June 18 to 23. This was fifth successive international camp, bringing together students and teachers from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Norway and Serbia. During the Camp a total of 69 participants were present at “Korali Hotel” in Sutomore, Montenegro.
Teamwork in progress
Since participation in the Camp is an award for being the best SE in their region, the activities were a good mix between learning and pleasure. Therefore, the agenda of the Camp was designed to give enough free time for some leisure and fun. In addition, a trip to Skadar Lake and the yearly “Strange hat” party were organized for the participants.
The educational part of the Camp included lectures and workshops regarding Systematic Problem Solving and Process Analysis and Design. The Program of the Camp was designed to combine theoretical and practical work in best possible proportion. Theoretical framework was there to give a structured knowledge base to participants, which they could use individually, as well as in their group work.
On the first day all the participants were divided into 10 smaller groups. During the training the groups had to analyze and solve problems, and to design a small moving object. These objects were assessed by a jury regarding design, further development possibilities and the quality of the group work. Later on the competition on how well the objects could move, was arranged. All the 10 groups received feed-back from the the an independent jury. Teachers and students had shown an excellent understanding of the processes presented during the theory sessions.
Limbo dance contest on Skadar Lake
It was also evident that both students and teachers from different countries and with different languages and cultural backgrounds “found” each other, exchanged experiences and made a lot of “cross-border” friends. The strange hat party was the big final of the five days of learning, traveling and networking. As always the participants of the Camp showed great enthusiasm and creativity in designing and exhibiting funny hats, but most of all, had a great time until late night hours.
Strange hat” parade at the beach farewell party
Organizers and participant owe special thanks to the sponsors of the Camp:
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Serbia, as well as Sparebank 1, Moss, Norway, and KS Kosova.
Successful Fourth Annual Cross Borders Summer Camp
Designed as a place where students and teachers from different countries can meet and learn about each other’s cultures, share experiences and make new friends, the Fourth Student Enterprise Cross Borders Summer Camp - organized by Business Innovation Programs and financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs - took place from 19th to 24th June 2010 in Sutomore and met all of its objectives.
This year’s International Summer Camp gathered 76 participants from the best student companies from their respective 2009 National Student Enterprise Fairs, along with their teacher-mentors from Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Norway.
The BIP Cross Borders Summer Camp is intended to be a place where participants can gain valuable insights and knowledge useful in running a business, and the theme this year was marketing and sales. The goal was to enable the participants to be able to successfully promote their ideas and find customers for products and services in markets based on customer needs.
The participants were divided in 11 groups. The four core days of the Camp were well structured and long. The main topic for the first part of the program was the creation of a good marketing plan. The main topic for the second part was organization of sales. Working hours were spent not only focussing on marketing and sales theory, but also doing practical work in groups. To round off, a “Farewell Party” with the subject “Strange Hats”, where a lot of interesting and funny hats were shown, was organized for the last night of the Camp.
This year’s Cross Borders Summer Camp was held at the “Korali Hotel” in Sutomore and was also supported by Sparebank1 in Norway and “Telenor Fondacija”, who set up an internet cafe for participants with 5 lap top computers and together with their sister company “Telenor” Montenegro provided the internet connection for computers.
In conclusion, everyone present agreed that BIP’s main goals for the Summer Camp were achieved: the participants’ knowledge about marketing and sales were improved; valuable interesting insights into other cultures were gained; free time was spent in a good atmosphere – and new Cross Border friendships were made.
Boat trip on Skadar Lake
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Third BIP Cross Borders Summer Camp focuses on innovation
The third annual Student Enterprise Summer Camp organized by Business Innovation Programs (BIP), a Norwegian nonprofit organization, took place from 20th to 25th June 2009 at the “Korali Hotel” in Sutomore. This year’s international camp brought together 60 participants, comprising students and teachers from
. All of the participants were members of the best student companies from the respective Regions and their teacher-mentors.
The Cross Borders Summer Camp is designed as a place where students and teachers from different countries can meet each other, share their experiences and make new friends. The Summer Camp is a place where the participants can also acquire new knowledge and skills useful for running their companies. The theme of the Summer Camp this year was Management and Innovation - From Business Idea to Production. The goal was to enable participants to manage a creative organisation where new ideas are created and put into production in accordance with customers’ needs.
Working hours were spent not only on the theory of management and creativity, but also on practical work in groups. Participants were divided in 9 groups and the case study was how to arrange a hotel restaurant so it can meet the needs of families with children. Participants demonstrated their creativity and used the knowledge gained during the Camp.
A Farewell Party with the theme “Strange hats”, where a lot of interesting and funny hats were shown, was organized for the last night of the Camp.
This year’s third Summer Camp was supported by the “Telenor Foundation”, who equipped an internet cafe for participants with 5 lap tops, and the company “Pro Monte” from
provided internet connection for the computers. This meant that during the Camps’ five days, internet was available for all students and teachers.
BIP’s goals for the Camp were successfully met: increasing the participants’ knowledge in the fields of management, creativity and market research. Free time was spent in good atmosphere.
Successful Second Cross Borders Summer Camp
Business Innovation Programs (BIP) Summer Camp 2008 took place from 21st to 26th of June at the “Korali Hotel” in Sutomore, Montenegro. It was a truly international camp, bringing together 112 students and teachers from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Norway and Serbia.
As participation at the Camp is a statement of acknowledgement for being the best Student Enterprise (SE) in their region, BIP wanted to give all those who came a good mix of learning and pleasure at the Camp.
Based on the experience gained from running SE Programs in the Western-Balkan countries over the last 7 years, it has become very apparent to BIP that presentation and business communication skills are what students lack the most. With this in mind, two main goals for the Camp were set by BIP:
- To substantially improve the participants’ fundamental knowledge and skills of how to build up a presentation using rhetoric and verbal presentation techniques
- To bring together students and teachers from different countries, with different languages and cultural backgrounds, in order that they may share experiences and learn from each other.
It was, therefore, rewarding to see that during the camp the communication and rhetoric skills of the participants rose to an evidently higher level, and that the structure of the theoretical part of the Camp will serve as a base for an advanced training in these fields for all the teachers involved in BIP’s SE Program in the Western-Balkan countries. In addition, it was also very clear that both students and teachers from the different countries and with their different languages and cultural backgrounds “found” each other, exchanged experiences and made a lot of “cross-border” friends.
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|The first Student Enterprise Cross Borders Camp
The first Student Enterprise Cross Borders Camp, organized by Business Innovation Programs, took place in Sutomore, Montenegro from 23rd to 28th of June. This was an international camp, held at “Korali” Hotel in Sutomore, bringing together 53 students and teachers from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Albania and Norway.
The participants were selected from the most successful members of Student Enterprises from Bosnia, Serbia, Albania and Kosovo, as well as their teachers. There were 41 students and 12 teachers present, as well as an Albanian translator and five people from BIP. It is important to stress that when it comes to gender ratio among the participants, it was 70% to 30% in the girls favor, and that says a lot about the interest which is shown for this Program by female students, who see it as tool for acquiring future jobs, and professional and personal independence.
The aim of the Camp was to bring together students and teachers from different countries and with different languages and cultural backgrounds in order to share experiences and learn from each other.
Two main professional goals set by the organizers of the Camp were to learn more about financial and trade aspects of business and to strengthen the need and understanding of new teaching methods.
The Program of the Camp was designed to combine theoretical and practical work with a focus on group work. On the first day all the participants were divided in eight groups. Every group formed a company, which got a task to produce a company’s prospect to be presented to potential investors. Their work continued throughout the next days, and was concluded by the presentation of the prepared prospects. A five-member jury assessed the results of the group work, and found that the participants demonstrated a high level of understanding of the matter and put a great deal of effort in preparing the prospects. Therefore, one of the material results of the Camp is eight company prospects prepared and presented on the last day of training. The company which produced the best prospect was awarded with symbolic prizes.
As part of the practical training a visit to Centro Jadran Company was organised. It is an export-import company from Bar, a successful start-up, which has grown from a small family business to the most important foreign trade company in Montenegro in last 15 years. The participants were introduced to the staff, internal and external procedures, and organization of offices and warehouses. It was important for the participants to experience at first hand what it means to run a full-scale export-import business.