THE COEUR - IDEA GENERATION WORKSHOP
“Idea Generation Workshop” is the title of a five day European students' workshop running every year in September at one of the COEUR network universities. Open for students from all disciplines the COEUR workshop is an instrument to generate new entrepreneurial ideas with a European dimension. On a level of personal developement it enables a unique intersocial and cross-cultural experience stimulating independent thinking and responsible behaviour.
During the workshop, students from different European higher education institutions get together in small intercultural and multicompetence teams to develop an entrepreneurial idea for the European Market.
All workshops are held outside the traditional school environment at inspiring places of any kind that are meant to stimulate an open-minded and creative way of thinking.
Throughout the week, the teamwork sessions are inspired and complemented by diverse workshop sessions which seek to foster
- Creative thinking abilities
- Intercultural team cooperation
- Entre- and intrapreneurial thinking
- The ability to develop a value proposition
The first Workshop was held at the University of Applied Sciences Mainz (Germany) in 2004 together with students from Aberdeen (Scotland), Wroclaw (Poland) and Portugal (Lisbon) and in cooperation with JCI Europe (Junior Chamber International).
In 2005, the 2nd COEUR workshop was successfully held at the partner institution in Scotland. Dijon (France) participated as new partner.
The 3rd workshop took place in Wroclaw (Poland) in 2006 and the 4th in Lisbon (Portugal) in 2007.
In 2008 and 2009, the event was realized in Dijon (France), whereby the 2009 event welcomed new higher education institutions from Sweden, the Netherlands, Austria, Lithuania and Great Britain that were interested in making the "COEUR experience".
In 2011 the workshop took place in Mainz (Germany)
The last workshop which was also our 10th workshop was held in Wroclaw (Poland) in 2012.
The upcoming workshop will take place in Coimbra (Portugal) in 2013.
The Impressions and feedback of students on their unforgettable experience during the workshop can be found on the facebook group "COEUR Idea Generation Workshop".
For the global version of the workshop held outside the European Union, please see "COEUR MUNDUS".