Terracamp stimulates community-based entrepreneurship in rural areas in Europe with a record of ethnic alienation. It’s a program to scan rural business opportunities and co-create ideas for community self-help. Terracamp initiates cooperation between culturally diverse groups of participants
Croatia, Novska, Macedonia, Bosnia
Communities in Europe grow apart, often caused by a lack of income opportunities. We can improve understanding and appreciation between communities by providing the tools and knowledge for future prosperity. While South-East Europe experiences healthy economic growth overall, rural areas are falling behind according to the World Bank. New start-up methodologies, heavily promoted in urban areas, do not extent to the countryside, where the search for new sources of income is most urgent. Furthermore, these areas still inhibit the majority of people in these countries which make them potential drivers of change. Therefore, Terracamp aims to plant seeds in the rural areas of Europe’s backyard.
Our ambition is to organise Terracamps across rural Europe. We empower young people from diverse backgrounds to (1) deepen their understanding of each other and (2) revitalize their communities based on a common business sense. This we do by letting them reassess their experience and capabilities, reappraise their personal and shared objectives, and convert these into concrete actions. We’ll initiate collaborative and innovative local entrepreneurialism.
As a success we see that rural youth from different (ethnic) communities join forces to set up new businesses and/or community services. We note that youth feel more confident and positive about their local opportunities and their future. Not only local youth is reached, also national and international media report positively.
We form liaisons with (international) knowledge and implementation partners in areas of cultural leadership, rural development and entrepreneurship. Currently we have three excellent partners (see below).
We establish local teams of volunteers from different backgrounds. Local teams are responsible for research into specific local needs and opportunities, partnerships with youth organisations, recruitment and logistics. A central team is responsible for international partnerships, funding and international media exposure.
Under supervision of a team of designers, investors, coaches and inspirators, participants of Terracamp reassess their capabilities and personal objectives, learn to cooperate, scan local business opportunities, develop concepts and start putting promising ideas to actio
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
We are open to ideas to further enhance our initiative in terms of partnership opportunities (in areas of start-up stimulation and rural development), sponsors and media exposure. Also, we are looking for partners that can support the initiated businesses from idea phase to market introduction.