According to the United Nations estimates, by the year 2050, the global elderly population is expected to reach 1.5 billion. In Europe, there are currently 146 million elderly people, and in Taiwan, the population aged 65-60 and above constitutes 18%-25% of the total population, with the proportion continuing to rise.
The ageing population, traditionally defined as those retiring from mainstream society, mostly maintains a state of health or sub-health. Many possess work skills and social abilities at a certain level, allowing them to play active social roles even after leaving their familiar workplaces. With a positive mindset, they can actively redesign the later stage of their lives.
The “Digital Social Entrepreneurship Course for the Aging Generation” is tailor-made for this demographic. Its uniqueness lies in integrating the elements of “digital,” “social,” and “innovation” to assist the ageing generation in proactively shaping their lives through entrepreneurship, avoiding falling into traditional retirement thinking.
The “digital” approach minimizes or eliminates the initial and future equipment investment thresholds for entrepreneurship, making it both cost-effective and unrestricted by time and space.
The “social” approach leverages the accumulated social experiences of the ageing generation as a form of entrepreneurial capital and opportunity. It involves refining and reorganizing past social connections for comfort.
The “innovation” approach goes beyond profit-making goals. Instead, it focuses on establishing meaningful social roles and positive relationships through entrepreneurial endeavours integrated into daily life.
The concept of “social entrepreneurship” is a prevalent and rigorous entrepreneurial method in Europe. Secostars incorporates various elements such as “digital,” “social,” and “innovation” needed by the ageing generation into the curriculum of the current “Social Entrepreneurship” course at the University of London. Through an eight-week mentor workshop, Secostars assists the ageing generation in achieving tangible entrepreneurial outcomes in self-development, social life, and economic benefits. The goal is to reshape their later years through a personalized approach to entrepreneurship.
This set of online courses, edited and produced by scholars from the University of London, is based on the resources of the “Social Entrepreneurship” Program at the University of London. It integrates digital entrepreneurial skills and project training plans with community mutual assistance activities.
During specific community learning activities, mentors from each group lead activities in line with the progress of the online course. They guide participants through reading, activities, and discussions, and weekly group meetings (aligned with each chapter’s assignments) for comprehensive discussions and problem-solving.
This structure stimulates mutual encouragement and assistance in learning and ideation within the community. In establishing digital businesses, community members can support each other, promote ventures, and even provide encouragement and assistance during challenging times.
Do you have a lovely business idea and want to go for it? What not join with us? Through eight workshops, we can work through your business ideas, business model creation to digital social startup proposal.Join