30 people over 45 years old explored the world of entrepreneurship and innovation in the 2nd edition of the course “A.Preender – Entrepreneur adults”. The 10-day intensive program took place at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Porto, from 17 to 28 July. The event is organised by Porto4Ageing as part of the Capacity Building Programme of the EIT Health RIS Hub University of Porto.
Lack of learning opportunities for the 45+
Enabling and inspiring adults to pursue an entrepreneurship path is the purpose of this initiative. The program intends to address a gap in the capacity-building courses available for people over 45 years old. Although this demographic tends to be underestimated by innovation support programs, several studies suggest that adults over 45 years old are more likely to succeed in entrepreneurship.
“We believe entrepreneurship is ageless and the A.Preender was designed to demonstrate that clearly”, emphasises Elísio Costa, coordinator of the Competence Centre on Active and Healthy Ageing (Porto4Ageing) of the University of Porto.
Enthusiastic and dedicated learners
The spirit with which the participants engaged in the course’s matters left a positive impression. Elísio Costa highlights: “We are extremely pleased to witness the enthusiasm and dedication shown by our participants along the course and we are certain that they are more prepared to face the challenges of the business world with innovation and creativity”.
The A.Preender also earned increasing demand, which required the limitation of open vacancies. Being over 45 years old and having a business idea in the area of health or well-being were among the elements considered in the selection of candidates, as well as the registration order.
What they learned
Providing a practical and dynamic learning experience, the sessions of the course allowed the participants to explore innovation methodologies, learn to identify business opportunities, validate ideas and draw up business plans, among other topics. Additionally, communication, negotiation and creativity were skills that the learners could improve.
The A.Preender was organised into three major components. Theory conveyed the key knowledge, and practice encouraged teamwork and the analysis of real-world cases. Thirdly, experienced professionals attended as guests and shared testimonies and advice. This last format also generated networking opportunities for the participants.
The EIT Health RIS Hub University of Porto
This course is part of the Capacity Building Programme of the EIT Health RIS Hub of the University of Porto. As the local representative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) in the North of Portugal, it has been promoting innovation through complementary training, supporting projects, and encouraging entrepreneurship. The EIT Health RIS Hub focuses on strengthening the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem, by providing tools and support to individuals and companies interested in launching innovative solutions into the market.