Street culture is a rapidly evolving area of economic activity and includes urban arts and creative industries (e.g. pop culture), fashion, food, tourism and more, all of which offer opportunities for innovative, entrepreneurial start-ups. However, given its informal roots and sometimes negative connotations, it has not been “on the radar” for focused enterprise development.
Street Culture for Regions (SCR) will change this by guiding and equipping entrepreneurship education providers to make the most of street culture opportunities for skills’ development and economic and social inclusion in our cities and regions.
SCR will make a compelling and very tangible contribution to SOCIAL INCLUSION. By using the relatability and attractiveness of street culture as a potential business area, we will bring those on the margins of society – NEETs, those from ethnic minorities or migrant backgrounds, and those from deprived neighbourhoods – into both entrepreneurship training and meaningful economic activity.
SCR has been carefully designed to produce a series of results which deliver positive outcomes in terms of skills development for potential entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship educators, as well as boosting our capacity for innovation and inclusion within our wider vocational education system.
The most tangible results emerging from the project will be our resources, each of which has a specific target group(s) in mind and fulfil a specific objective in terms of attitudinal change, knowledge acquisition and/or skills development.
These materials will be developed by our team of experts, our project has a clear aim: introduce a brand new programme of enterprise skills development in the field of street culture entrepreneurship. Our goals and target groups are:
Our cities – Belfast, Bordeaux, Porto, Athens, Lodz and Galway have more in common with each other in terms of engaging with multiculturality and emerging cultural scenes, and tackling unemployment and marginalization, than we do with regions in our own countries. At the core of our transnational motivation, while the interface of enterprise and social inclusion is now a recognised area of expertise, it is hard to find organisations whose commitment to inclusion does not compromise their results in entrepreneurial skills development (or vice versa). We believe that by joining forces with multi-faceted partners across Europe with demonstrated expertise in contemporary culture, vocational education and social diversity, we will be able to leverage a much more nuanced and in-depth understanding of the issues facing aspiring urban entrepreneurs and produce tools for same.