The first round of application for the EEE course have been ended on 31th of May at the University of Szeged. The EEE course was promoted at 12 faculties at the university and received a positive response from several media. The promotional campaign was supported by the local TV station, the most influential local radio station and the leading economist journal in Hungary.
The students had to submit a motivational letter as the application to the course that had to include the following questions and answers: why do the applicants want to join the EEE course, what are their expectations and if they have, what are the ideas that they want to further develop during the EEE course?
The Hungarian organisers plan to hold the course with maximum 10 project ideas that the students will work on during the whole semester: 1 project idea – 1 team and 3 mentors (1 entrepreneur, 1 professor and 1 student from a business MA program). During the first recruitment round 8 ideas have been selected based on the information provided by the applicants. Most of the applicants represent more or less application-oriented scientific disciplines, but most of the applicants have not taken part in business education yet, thus they expect to improve their entrepreneurial skills and experiences relating to how to start a business. The students are studying natural and formal sciences (informatics, mathematics, geography, biology), engineering (mechanical engineer, food engineering) and a few of them social sciences (psychology).
The submitted project ideas also cover various topics, typically small and medium sized business ideas as well as online selling (online advertising, fishing webshop, etc.), gastro businesses (brewery, healthy foods, etc.), financial services and agriculture. Some of the applicants already took steps to establish a company.
The second round of the recruitment campaign will start in late August during the regular course-application period in the University. If more valuable project ideas will be received, then the organisers will consider to create new teams or merge project ideas that cover similar topics, but the main focus will be to fulfil the teams with other members providing diversity.