The University of Central Lancashire Cyprus (UCLan Cyprus) and the Centre for Entrepreneurial Development – Alliance – Research [CEDAR] have engineered the IDEODROMIO programme for PASCAL Schools.
The aim of the initiative has been to promote entrepreneurial thinking as part of the educational experience based on creativity and innovation.
Following basic training on creativity and essentials for start-up businesses, the students grouped in teams had enjoyed mentoring from their teachers as they had to evaluate and prepare business ideas for new ventures or green and social enterprises.
A jury committee had evaluated all eligible proposals and five shortlisted teams who were nominated for awards were invited to present their ideas at the final award ceremony, which was organised online on April 14th, 2021.
Three teams were honoured with prizes sponsored by CEDAR as follows:
- SNAPPERS as most creative and innovative idea
- PREGEN and Shades of Lush as socially responsible and green ideas
Professor Panikkos Poutziouris, Rector of UCLan Cyprus and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Business stated: “We are thrilled with the entrepreneurial thinking exhibited by PASCAL students, their engagement in the Ideodromio offers the opportunity to develop creativity and social skills vital in their journey across stages of their personal, academic and professional life”.
Dr Fanos Tekelas, Course Leader of BA(Hons) Business Administration and Leader of Ideodromio said: “PASCAL students demonstrated their excitement and thirst in engaging in entrepreneurship. They embraced every aspect of the initiative exhibiting high levels of commitment and creative – innovative thinking”.
Mrs Maria Ehrhartsmann, Headmistress of PASCAL English School also stated: “The PASCAL English School Lefkosia and Lemesos pupils were fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to participate in the Ideodromio competition organised by UCLan Cyprus and CEDAR. Our pupils flourished and enhanced their business knowledge ranging from financial perspectives to the marketing and delivery of their final products. They blossomed as young future entrepreneurs and made us extremely proud. As PASCAL English Schools, we would like to thank UCLan Cyprus and CEDAR for this inspirational experience and we look forward to continuing the collaboration in the future“.