The British Council in Azerbaijan, in close partnership with the ADA University, is organising a Creative Spark programme student forum on 1 December 2021 dedicated to developing entrepreneurial skills among students and young graduates of the universities in Azerbaijan.

The forum brings together student participants from the ADA University, as well as the business leaders and entrepreneurs representing organisations such as ATL Group, SABAH.lab, MESHQUE, and ABA Centre. The speakers’ panel will also include experts from the British Council, two student entrepreneurs from the ADA University, finalists of the Creating Enterprise: The Business Start-Up Journey Entrepreneurship Skills Course and following it pitching competition, Mania Khanlarzade and Ismayil Huseynov, as well as the 2021 Creative Spark Big Idea Challenge country champion and a student from the Khazar University, Taravat Asgarova. Together, they will share ideas about enterprise education, student action, and skills that lead to successful entrepreneurship. 

Creative Spark: Higher Education Enterprise Programme is a five-year initiative (2018 - 2023) to support university and institutional partnerships with the UK to develop entrepreneurship and enterprise skills for students and young entrepreneurs across seven countries. We do this by enabling national policy forums, development of new curriculum and enterprise education materials, and establishing business incubation centres.

The programme was designed to support the underdeveloped creative enterprise sector, with a demand for entrepreneurship education and to support wealth and better job opportunities.

Creative Spark Partnership Fund is developed for building partnerships between universities and creative institutions in the UK and those in programme countries to support enterprise education and establish enterprise centres/hubs. The Creative Spark network has 50 partnerships with 122 institutions involved. To date we have engaged 760,000 students through the activities including workshops, bootcamps, enterprise training, incubation events and English courses. These partnerships will continue to provide thousands more young people with enterprise skills and help them build cultural ties.