SLOVAKIA: Young entrepreneurs make connections
Salesian-run St. Joseph Higher Institute hosts conference dedicated to start-ups for young entrepreneurs
(MissionNewswire) The Salesian-run St. Joseph Higher Institute in Žilina, Slovakia, hosted a conference dedicated to start-ups for young entrepreneurs. Several former students, now entrepreneurs, and some of the institute’s current students talked about their experiences about how they started in business. Topics included what obstacles they encountered, where they found the strength in failure and how they managed not to give up in the face of difficulties. The speakers also shared their plans for the future and touched on their personal lives.
The purpose of the conference was to make a connection between the already established alumni-entrepreneurs and the young entrepreneur-students so that the students could be inspired and learn more about entrepreneurship. The meeting was also attended by alumni from various business sectors, including food, events, security, cleaning, furniture, and graphics.
“Conferences like this enrich student learning,” said Father Gus Baek, director of Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco. “While education is at the heart of what Salesian schools and colleges provide, ensuring that students are able to make an easy transition from academics to the workforce is paramount in their success — especially if they are planning to start their own businesses. Alumni-student conferences give students access to entrepreneurial training and internships, providing them real-world experience.”
Close to 12 percent of Slovakia’s population is at risk of poverty, according to the World Bank. Single parent families and families with more than three children, as well as individuals over the age of 65, are highest at risk. Salesians in the country focus on education and social development services to help those in poverty gain an education and have skills for future employment.
Slovakia is also host to Ukrainian refugees who have been fleeing the war. The Salesian Mary Help of Christians Province of Slovakia has been hosting several outings and activities for young Ukrainian refugees who have been staying in the country. These activities are part of Salesian centers and oratories. There are also a number of Salesian centers and local families who have provided refugees a place to stay.
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