The StartGreen@School Award fosters a sustainable start-up culture in schools, providing stimulus for more green start-ups and greater focus on sustainability in companies. The aim is to integrate an entrepreneurial education culture into the curriculum taught in German schools. With an eye to the need for climate action and to the country’s emission reduction goals, topics like sustainability and decarbonisation play an ever-increasing role.
StartGreen@School will increase the sustainability focus in existing student-run enterprises and encourage new, sustainably managed student-run start-ups. It will also provide sustainable entrepreneurism training for teachers and connect schools with green industry and green start-ups. The connections established can help participants to form sustainably managed enterprises when they leave school.
In addition to raising students’ awareness of the climate action cause, the project is designed to encourage proactive attitudes and promote self-efficacy. Additional skills, such as public relations and project and business planning, are taught to students in order to put them into use. This forges links between environmental education, measurable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and practical application of skills needed in vocational education and training and in working life.
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Students from schools all over Germany can apply. Participation itself is not competitive.
Costs to participate in this award are fully funded, however travel costs will have to be organised independently according to your own needs.
Winning submissions must reflect the skills attained in methodology development and training (design and implementation of further education and training).
Participation is flexible in terms of time - therefore the amount of time dedicated to the competition project(s) is at the discretion of the participant.
Applications must be submitted online.