At the end of June, the KINESIS team visited the Estonian partner, Tallinn University, and the project partners – Võrumaa Arenduskeskus (Development Centre of Võru County) in the south of Estonia. Audrone Urmanaviciene - lecturer of Social entrepreneurship at Tallinn University, together with the Development Centre of Võru County - Ülle Tillmann, Anzelika Gomozova, and Kerli Kõiv, welcomed KINESIS partners and introduced them to the project area in Võrumaa.
In the meeting, KINESIS partners discussed the shrinking problems, especially in Võrumaa. Also, they met with two companies’ representatives - Sulev Nõmmann - CEO of KODAS company, and Maris Kivistik - CEO of Uue-Saaluse Winery. KODAS company is an innovative SME in the food and beverage sector https://kodas.ee/shop/. KODAS also runs a modern and contemporary restaurant. Uue-Saaluse company produces craft wines from their own and other local raw materials https://uuesaaluseveinitalu.ee/en. KINESIS team, together with local partners, discussed their issues regarding business development in shrinking areas of Estonia. Companies came with research assignments for KINESIS students. Partners also considered internship conditions for the KINESIS students. Research projects in Estonia will be interesting for business students. The research vacancies in Estonia will be on KINESIS website soon. https://www.kinesis-network.eu
On the second day of the meeting, the KINESIS team met with Social entrepreneurship MA study students at Tallinn University. Audrone Urmanaviciene presented social enterprises development in the Social entrepreneurship MA program. Students shared their knowledge and experiences of social hackathons organization in Estonia. Partners discussed the adaptation of social hackathons in shrinking areas. Moreover, students were introduced to available vacancies in the KINESIS project. After that, KINESIS partners and students visited the Banned books museum - a social enterprise in Tallinn where KINESIS partners met with their business and impact model.
Tallinn University, Audrone Urmanaviciene, lecturer of social entrepreneurship tells
about Social Enterprises development
KINESIS Partner - Sulev Nõmmann - CEO of KODAS company
Audrone Urmanaviciene from Tallinn University Estonia
Niek Kaag from the foundation Samen Werken en Leren from the Netherlands,
Johanna Monti from LÓrientale University, Italy
Charlotte Hidding from Hanze Hogeschool in The Netherlands en
Jacomien Kooiker from the foundation Group for European Development
Ülle Tillmann and Anzelika Gomozova from the Development Centre of Võru County
Maris Kivistik - Uue-Saaluse Winery
KINESIS Partner- Maris Kivistik - Uue-Saaluse Winery
KNowledgE alliance for Social Innovation in Shrinking villages (KiNESIS) is a three – year-long project (2021-2023), co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union