City Incubator

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The challenge the city Ljubljana wanted to address was how to approach young people who have ideas. What works well, and what could be even better? City Incubator is a programme for the implementation of the ideas of young people in Ljubljana. It is a sustainable tool for implementation and co-financing of local youth initiatives. Individuals or groups may put ideas forward and in the frame of the programme, they receive professional support for the fine-tuning, and financial support for the realisation.

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City Incubator represents an implementation of one of the measures to increase the support to young peoples’ initiatives, included in the Strategy of City of Ljubljana for Youth 2016-2025. It was developed and first put into practice in 2016 by Public Institution Young Dragons in co-operation with NGO TiPovej!

The innovation addresses young people who have ideas on how to increase the quality of life in the city, and who wish to be actively involved in the life of the city. The city Incubator asks a simple question: What works well, and what could be even better?

City Incubator is a sustainable tool for implementation and co-financing of local youth initiatives. Individuals or groups may put ideas forward and in the frame of the programme, they receive professional support for the fine-tuning, and financial support for the implementation.

Taking into consideration the specifics of youth, a lot of thought and effort was put into answering following questions: How to approach young people? How to activate them? How to support them toward the realisation of their idea? How to empower them, so that when they stumble on the way, do not give up, but rather learn something from the experience and try a second or a third time?

To give it a space, City Incubator was thought to be an opportunity to support initiatives suggested by young people active in the youth centres and those who were not (yet) visitors of the youth centres. Thus youth centre becomes a place that offers to youth resources for creation, challenges for getting experience, opportunity to prove themselves and a chance to lead their own project. All this develops competences that increase employment opportunities.

Programme of City Incubator includes:
- 9 hours of working with professionals for the realisation of ideas;
- 5 individual hours with very experienced mentors (carefully selected matching with the needs of young people and their idea in mind);
- For selected 10 projects at the end of the training process from 200 € to 1.000 € financing for the realisation of the idea.

Young people are invited to propose their ideas that address the following issues:
- Ljubljana is a green capital (ideas that promote sustainable living);
- Youth for youth (co-create a programme and activities for young people);
- Intergenerational co-operation.

Young people at first apply with an idea, which they later fine-tune through the workshops, discussions and fun activities of the programme. Than a committee selects 10 of them, who are ready for the implementation. This takes place in collaboration with other public institutions founded by the City of Ljubljana and with NGOs for youth.

Criterion for the selection is as follows:
- feasibility of the proposed project;
- positive effects for the city;
- applicability of the project;
- motivation of the applicant.

By now, two full cycles have been realised.
In 2016:
- Marko Klemen: My Kleče. My Savlje. (pocket map for the promotion of one of Ljubljana districts);
- Sara Lucu: Stage connects – summer theatre gatherings (cross-generational connections through theatre performance);
- Nejca Vašl in Miha Miklavčič: Urban sculptures (polygon for daily skating in the city).

In 2017 (8 projects, currently being implemented):
- Anita Volčanjšek: From Ljubljane to Tirane (social and charity rally);
- Doroteja Mesarič: With playing into sport (sport workshops for learning about different sports);
- David Velkovski: Street football of Slovenia (non-competitive and creative street football);
- Lana Urbančič Rak: Legend of dragon and terragon (connecting the dragon of Ljubljana with culinary experience);
- Maša Cvar: Social game What Makes me Happy (informative card game for fun and for learning, connecting personal interests with the city);
- Maja Krnaič: Communicating without keys (campaign for alternative free time activities);
- Staš Kramar: Studio Basement (project for sound isolation of the existing musical studio);
- Zoran Fijavž: Rainbow rhetoric (cultivating empowerment skills for youth LGBTIQ+ persons).

The plan is to continue the implementation and to get more public institutions and companies involved. We wish to build a bigger pool of mentors and to adapt the future challenges to the real needs of the city and youth living here. Future challenges are (and will be) communicated in regular consultations with youth in the process of the evaluation of the city strategy for youth and in the Network of Youth Centres of Ljubljana (that now involves 12 youth centres managed by public institution Young Dragons (4) and NGOs).

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