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More than 200 young people attended AYCH Open Day at Fabrica de Santo Thyrso


Fabrica de Santo Thyrso hosted more than 200 students for the AYCH Open Day. Creativity and entrepreneurism were the keywords in this event, organized by the Municipality of Santo Tirso and framed within the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs (AYCH) project, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Atlantic Area Program.

The Municipality of Santo Tirso is the Portuguese member of the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs project. This international partnership aims to develop the creative and entrepreneur potential of young people in the Atlantic area. The project is composed by 13 members, coming from Portugal, Spain, France and the United Kingdom.

AYCH Open Day was the first official public event of the project taking place in Portugal, and the outcome could not be more positive. Young people showed great interest and commitment during the activities. Santo Tirso is known as the birthplace of the textile industry in Portugal, so one could guess that a program focused in the creative sector would arouse interest in the young people of the county. More than 150 people signed up for the activities and over 200 were present at the opening ceremony.

During this day, participants had the chance to participate in several workshops, in a wide range of areas, such as photography, fashion design, design thinking methodology or digital marketing. The most important universities in the region were also represented, and experts from each of them had the chance to discuss the future of the creative sector in a Round Table. Throughout the whole day, both participants and visitors had the chance to visit the Creative and Cultural Space, an interactive showcasing area, were one could check some of the best projects of the partnership stakeholders.

AYCH Kids Drawing Contest 2019

“The Atlantic Ocean, a sustainable environment for all!”


Atlantic Cities organises a drawing contest for children of
the following Atlantic countries:
Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Spain and Portugal.
Theme: “The Atlantic Ocean, a sustainable environment for all!”
Imagine the future of the Atlantic Seaside and express your creativity!
This contest is open to all children between 8 and 11 years old of public
and private schools. Participate and get a chance to win a sustainable gift
We believe youth has the power to change the world and inspire others.
Through this contest, our main goal is to raise awareness on sustainability
and environmental protection by giving a voice to children and allowing
them to showcase their creativity.




Aujourd’hui, Madeleine Au nous parle, elle est responsable du service emploi insertion économique de la métropole de Brest, qui a gentiment répondu à nos questions.

Pouvez-vous me dire ce qu’est la métropole de Brest ?

Brest métropole est la 2ème métropole de Bretagne. Elle compte 215 000 habitants et rayonne sur un bassin d’emploi de 400 000 habitants.

  • Capitale européenne des sciences et technologies de la mer : 60% de la recherche française et 1er pôle de compétitivité à vocation mondiale « Mer Bretagne Atlantique »
  • Activités maritimes militaires et civiles : près de 25 000 emplois industriels liés à la mer, 1er port français d’entretien de la flotte militaire et de réparation navale civile
  • Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication : 25 000 emplois, 1er pôle de compétitivité à vocation mondiale « Image & Réseaux »
  • Enseignement supérieur : 24 000 étudiants, 1 Université, 8 grandes écoles d’ingénieurs, de management dont l’Ecole Européenne Supérieur d’Art de Bretagne

Comment les jeunes de Brest peuvent bénéficier du programme AYCH ?

Le territoire de Brest dispose d’un tissu dense de partenaires très impliqués dans la formation et l’insertion professionnelle des jeunes : Université, grandes écoles, organismes d’insertion sociale et professionnelle des jeunes, acteurs des quartiers de la Ville de Brest, … S’appuyant sur ce réseau, Brest métropole organise des rencontres collectives et individuelles pour promouvoir les actions  proposées par les acteurs brestois du programme AYCH.

Ce réseau de partenaires est un relais indispensable pour diffuser l’information en direction des publics de moins de 30 ans.

Ce travail en réseau permet de toucher un public venant de différents horizons, la diversité des profils faisant la richesse des échanges entre le public et des projets développés.

Que voudriez-vous que les jeunes de Brest se rappellent de AYCH dans quelques années ?

L’objectif est que le projet AYCH aide les jeunes à concrétiser leur projet de développement en leur apportant des contenus, des méthodes de travail et des contacts utiles pour lancer leur activité.

Pour ceux qui ont eu l’opportunité de participer aux creative jam ou aux résidences dans les pays européens partenaires, l’important est que ces expériences leur apportent une ouverture d’esprit, la découverte d’une autre culture et des pratiques différentes et pourquoi pas, des contacts pour leur projet.

Comment Brest métropole met en œuvre le projet AYCH sous l’angle de la jeunesse, du chômage, des nouvelles technologies, de la formation …

Grâce à la mobilisation des partenaires intervenant dans des champs de compétences complémentaires, Brest métropole conjugue le projet AYCH au pluriel.

L’implication dès le début du projet de la Mission locale pour l’insertion socio-professionnelle des jeunes, de l’Université via son fablab UBO Open Factory, de l’Ecole européenne supérieure des Arts de Bretagne et du Technopôle Brest Iroise, constitue un marqueur garant de la diversité des publics ciblés, pouvant bénéficier de compétences croisées au service d’un domaine d’activité prometteur pour le territoire.

Brest métropole en tant que partenaire du projet AYCH, œuvre à élargir la participation d’autres structures expertes, à même d’apporter des compétences complémentaires et nécessaires à la réussite des projets du public.


The aim of the AYCH residencies is to provide an immersion experience as part of the Incubator Program and the Non-formal Education Plan. The participants get the chance to benefit from the expertise available in one of the AYCH Hub to significantly develop their project, connect with experts and like minded young people and discover a new city in the Atlantic Area.

You can participate?

  • Young people aged between 16 and 30 years old.
    1. Under 18’: with permission from their legal guardians; they can do the residency if they are accompanied by a responsible person from their own hub..
    2. Over 18’: they can make the residences inside or outside their own country. 
  • Must have completed the 3 first months of the AYCH incubation programme
  • Be an AYCH ambassador or willing to become one, if not one already.
  • Be successful in the selection process put out by all partners for the Incubation and compliant with Atlantic Area Interreg requirements
  • Great opportunity for young people (YP) to travel and meet others .
  • Makes best use of the skills and specialism of hubs to support the YP’s ideas
  • Great opportunity for YP to immerse themselves in different aspects of the project and expertise. Flexibility, breadth of expertise and opportunities available to YP. Transnational nature of the activity and perspectives, and meet people from across the Atlantic Area Member States.


BELFAST: 22/07 – 9/08
BREST: 17/06 – 21/06
GRAND ANGOULEME: 08/07 – 19/07
LIVERPOOL: 12/08 – 25/08
LUGO: 01/06 – 23/06 and 14/08 – 21/08
PLYMOUTH: 24/06 – 28/06
SANTO TIRSO: 15/07 – 19/07


IN YOUR HUB or in welcome@aych.eu

First local AYCH Creative Jam: Young people from Devon learn how to use design thinking and digital fabrication to make their city a better place to live in!


As part of the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs project, the first local AYCH Creative Jam was organised at the Plymouth College of Art last month and challenged young people from across Devon to re-imagine their city and step from ideas to prototypes with the support of experts from the creative and cultural sector.

Young people aged between 16 and 30 years old from across Devon met at Plymouth College of Art for the UK’s first Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs (AYCH) Creative Jam, an innovative, free two-day initiative to help young people develop their design thinking, digital making and enterprise skills.

Over the two days, young people were encouraged to re-imagine their cities and communities, with experts from sectors including the creative, technology and digital, startup and enterprise, on hand to teach them creative, design and enterprise skills to help transform their ideas into reality. Using tools ranging from 3D Printers to laser cutters, participants learned skills in coding, filmmaking and even virtual reality. Across the course of the workshops, the young people formed teams to develop their ideas ready for pitching to a panel of expert judges at the end, who scored each idea for factors including how much social impact the project would have.

6 Innovative ideas for a more sustainable & dynamic city


#1 The AR app (winner of the Creative Jam) from Alex Surgeon and Neo Tomlinson (between 14 and 16 years old) from Space* Youth Services came up with an application giving access to art and advertisement on the public spaces through Augmented Reality, a brand new and eco friendly communication style only visible on the city walls through the smartphone once the digi code scanned.


#2 The Empathy Centre (most investable project)

Chloe Bayliss, Kyle Mclaughlin and Faith Earls, all aged between 16 and 18, travelled to the Creative Jam from Space* Youth Centers in Tiverton and Exmouth. This centre would be a place to socialise and learn more about the needs of others, including neuro-diversity and mental health conditions, through a combination of physical and Augmented Reality experiences and workshops, in order to increase


tolerance and solidarity between individuals.

#3 The Fruit


opia project (most impactful project) by Kirri Hansford and Kezz Crockett both students at Plymouth University and Sophie Alie from Plymouth (all in the 20s). They came up with this urban farming project which would be located in the main avenue in downtown Plymouth leading to the Lido pool. Inspired by the Incredible Edible movement, their objective is to reconnect people with nature and promote a healthier lifestyle by having fruits and veggies grown by and for the Plymouthians, the local restaurants will also have the opportunity to buy the fresh fruits and veggies to promote the circular and sustainable economy.


#4 The Bio Dome Project from Thomas Martin Loveder, student from PCA and Jamie Fernandes from a Youth Service in Exeter and Anthony Wing, and Karl Okai Koi from Plymouth Youth Services (also in their 20s) which would be implemented on a roundabout of Plymouth, the objective is to create a biodiversity oasis to reconnect people and become a place to be and to socialise while growing plants and taking care of nature.


#5 The City Grid from Emily Baily and Aaron Piper (in their 20s) from Space Youth Services, came up with a new transportation system carbon free and electric powered to reduce the impact on the environment and be less noisy in the city but also have strategic connections to the different attractions / work spaces, that enables all ages and abilities easier access to a city / towns social / economic infrastructure.


#6 Get Set Charge project from Lucy and Emma Taylor (between 14 and 16 years old) from Plymouth Youth Services came up with a mobile charging system to include in the sports machine located in the parks, while working out your phone get charged thanks to your energy, one more reason to get some fresh air, enjoy the time outside and be more healthy.


Bringing European expertise to young people in the South West

Experts from across the Europe travelled to Plymouth to mentor the young people in everything from why startups fail and how to start a successful business, to social media marketing, sound design, immersive VR technologies, and how to successfully capture important moments in film and photography.


Re-imagining Plymouth

Adam Cook, Founder of HillValley Research and Chairman of the  Enterprise & Innovation Subgroup at the South West Business Council, opened the two days of workshops with a keynote speech to the young people about what futurism is and the importance of thinking big when it comes to thinking about the future, conservation and transforming your community for the better. This led into a workshop for all of the young people, encouraging them to “Re-imagine your city”.

Adam said: “A lot of the projects that the young people have come up with are ambitious, but they’re all achievable. As an environmentalist I’m particularly interested in some of their ideas about greening. One of the great things to come out of the Creative Jam has been meeting all of these people at the beginning of their ideas. My door will be open for any of the participants who want to chat with me for business advice or tips about public speaking in future.”


Next Steps and AYCH opportunities

The participants now have the opportunity to take their ideas forward through the AYCH incubation programme.

AYCH opportunities:

  • Creative Jams

September 2018 in Angouleme, France. October 2018 in Plymouth, UK. November 2018 in Brest, France. April 2019 in Gijon, Spain.

  • Tech and Entrepreneurial workshops
  • Internship scheme in the Creative and Cultural Sector
  • Incubation programme and International Residencies across Europe
  • Online Courses around design thinking and digital fabrication


Join and follow AYCH now!

Please feel free to visit AYCH’s website: https://www.aych.eu

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AYCH project

The overall AYCH project, that the Creative Jam is a part of, is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme, designed to promote transnational cooperation among 36 Atlantic regions in five European countries. The AYCH aims to develop new approaches and interventions within existing youth settings, as well as in both formal and non-formal education settings, to connect young people, creative and social business leaders, with experts in emerging and disruptive technologies and creative industries. This will take place across a network of “Atlantic Horizon Hubs” that will help them to develop ideas, new products and services.


Oli Raud, Strategic Funding Manager and AYCH Project Manager at Plymouth College of Art, said: “Seeing young people at our first Creative Jam recognising the importance that digital and enterprise skills have in helping them to shift their societal roles from passive consumers, to active makers and agents of change, was a real privilege. We’re proud that the college is able to lead these activities, both in the city and across Europe with our transnational partners.


“There are more events and opportunities coming through in the project, locally and among the partner network, that students and young people across Plymouth can get involved with, so we’d be very happy to hear from you if you want to find out more. You can contact either me at oraud@pca.ac.uk or Project Coordinator, Eli Zahoui at ezahoui@pca.ac.uk.”


AYCH Coordinator French Visit Odyssey


Every day we work interactively and collaboratively as an AYCH partnership, its vital to our mission. Our partners and their hubs are in four countries and stretch from Belfast in the north to Santo Tirso, near Porto in the south. We use interactive technologies regularly to reduce distance and keep us all working together. But sometimes nothing is better than meeting face-to-face to discuss things in depth, to experience the local environment and culture, and to build strong enduring relationships. We are careful to use this precious time wisely. This week I have visited our AYCH Partners in France.

Sunday 16 December – Exeter, UK to Brest, France

A day of travelling, thinking about the week ahead, chance encounters and practicing my school girl French.

  • Paris was fog-bound, every passenger had to switch-off their electronic devices, the pilots relaxed and the plane landed itself. Where would we have landed without this technology?
  • On the flight to next flight to Brest made a new friend from Germany, who like me has a role working for young people and loves German Christmas biscuits. Like a magician she produced a packet of Gewũrz-Spekulatious from her bag and gave them to me. Perhaps we will work together in the future?
  • Jumped in to a taxi, practiced my French and the driver practiced his English whilst we somehow managed to talk about the France v Russia handball match. Wondered if the taxi driver enjoyed the conversation as much as I did.
  • Later that evening ate on my own, ‘watched people’ at the Christmas Market and thought ahead to the business of the next day.

Monday 17 December – Brest to Rennes, France

A day of meetings, exploration and travel.

  • Met with the project partner from Brest Metropole and discussed in depth deliverables, commissioning, reporting, budgeting, working, problem solving, translation, meeting protocols and more. Agreed the steps we need to take.
  • We were joined by another Brest team member for lunch. We shared and reflected on the mornings discussion and talked about our different cultural approaches to lunch! Reminded myself that I need to think about what the working day looks like across AYCH.
  • Explored Brest and visited some of the facilities available to AYCH. Peered down on the ‘traditional’ industries around the shipyard and looked in to the future from the state-of-the-art cable car.
  • Settled on to the TGV to Rennes and typed my notes from earlier in the day.
  • Arrived in the hotel in Rennes but discovered my laptop did not like the insecure WiFi on offer. Read my paper notes and prepared for the next day.

Tuesday 18 December – Rennes to Nantes, France

Another day of meetings, exploration and travel.

  • Met the new project partner from Atlantic Cities for the first time and travelled by metro from the city centre to the University area of the town.
  • Enjoyed presentations from the talented team members, discussed AYCH values and plans for future delivery and was surprised that Papa Noel had included me in his deliveries to Atlantic Cities.
  • Ate in a busy local restaurant whilst we discussed AYCH, the locality, tomorrow’s meeting in Nantes and our different Christmas customs.
  • Explored Rennes, talked about the juxta-positioning of old and new architectural styles, employment and skills, cemented our relationship and got very wet.
  • Took the train to Nantes, returning to this city after only three months, arrived in torrential rain and took the tram for a few stops before using Google maps to find the hotel. How the city seems to have been changed by dark short days and Christmas activities.
  • Noticed the moon which looks as if it were suspended from a crane in the night sky.
  • Logged my phones and laptop to the hotel’s WiFi and caught up on the messages I had not been able to receive that day or the evening before. Checked AYCH progress on reporting. Thanked colleagues in Brest and Rennes for their warm welcome and their work.
  • Read John Steinbeck’s ‘Travels with Charley’ in a quiet corner of a nearby restaurant whilst eating something simple and tried to ‘switch off’.

Wednesday 19 December – Nantes, France

Another day of meetings but no travel and an enjoyable stroll across the Loire for work.

  • Set off early to meet our partner at L’École de Design Nantes Atlantique and arrived at the door with students and felt immediately welcomed in to a creative space.
  • Enjoyed presentations from students of two tools developed for AYCH – QUEST puzzle for facilitating discussion and planning participant journeys through AYCH options and Bright Mirror an ice-breaker ‘plus’ activity. So stimulating to work with creative, agile and enthusiastic young people.
  • Discussed L’École de Design Nantes Atlantique’s AYCH experiences and their discoveries about how AYCH has become embedded in the approach.
  • We were joined by the Chef de póle from the Pays de la Loire, and the Directors from L’École de Design Nantes Atlantique’s Care and Nouvelles Practiques Alimentaires Design labs, and colleagues from Atlantic Cities in time for diverse, informative and stimulating discussions over lunch.
  • Resumed the afternoon with discussions about Work Package 3 which focuses on the Capitalization of AYCH. Discussed how we could maximise the particular expertise and connections of the three key partners and the best way to utilise opportunities for all partners.
  • Travel arrangements for the following day were reworked in response to an unavoidable change of plans.
  • Said farewell to guests and partners before working with our host to complete our follow-up our Work Package 3 activities and briefly discuss workshop options for the second transnational Creative jam in Gijon next April.
  • Enjoyed the walk across the Loire back to the hotel reflecting on the day and thinking ahead to Thursday’s visit to Angouleme.
  • Worked through emails/messages and thanked colleagues and students in Nantes for their warm welcome and their work.

Friday 21 December – Paris to Exeter, UK

Flight to UK

  • Arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport with thousands of other passengers, some travelling for Christmas holidays and others diverting because of the closure of Gatwick, UK airport. Eventually arrived at the departure gate two and half hours later and ten minutes before boarding.
  • Continued reading John Steinbeck’s ‘Travels with Charley’ with occasional views through the clouds to the English Channel/Le Manche below and eventually the rural landscape around Exeter.
  • Sent emails to thank colleagues in Angouleme for the meeting and to send promised follow-up information and took a quick look at AYCH Basecamp to check if anything needed urgent attention.
  • Completed the post-trip administration.
  • Unpacked the Gewũrz-Spekulatious and began to feel a bit more Christmassy!

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You’ll learn how to create the right media for your market in our FREE workshops led by an INdustry expert

6:30 pm – 9 pm stanting MOnday 15th oct

Every time we spend more time in them and every year new options to connect arise. Social networks are the order of the day, no company can be absent and few want to stay off the hook without having a profile at all.

There are all kinds, from generalists, such as Facebook, to professionals, pets, music … Despite this, we do not stop hearing and reading about its most negative aspects: that if they are a source of stress, that if they are a cradle of a new type of abuse, which without being simple platforms for custom advertising …

But Science has spoken. Here there are many amazing utilities provided by social networks.

Do you want to learn them in Exeter? We will wait for you.

Unlocking potential with young people and their communities

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We support young people from all backgrounds to learn, create and realise their potential by providing a space to hang out with mates, talk about things you can’t ask your parents, gain confidence and try new things.

We are a not-for-profit social enterprise and as an independent organisation, we are able to focus on delivering the best services for young people in our communities. We manage risks, we are respectful whilst creating a fun space for people to grow, and we’re determined to give people a second chance as well as a third, fourth, and fifth one.

Alberto Costa: Empreendedorismo e Moda

Hoje estamos acompanhados por Alberto Costa, vice-presidente da Câmara Municipal de Santo Tirso, que gentilmente responde às nossas perguntas.

Qual a importância de Aych para os jovens da Câmara Municipal de Santo Tirso?

A crise económica de 2008 provocou um brutal aumento do número de desempregados na Europa, superando, atualmente, os 25 milhões de pessoas. O empreendedorismo representa, de forma transversal em termos europeus, uma das respostas mais eficazes a esta realidade. É, hoje, universalmente aceite que a Europa precisa de mais empreendedores para retomar o crescimento e níveis elevados de emprego.

No Município de Santo Tirso, o empreendedorismo constitui uma área prioritária na promoção do emprego jovem e qualificado. A Incubadora de Moda e Design da Fábrica de Santo Thyrso constitui uma referência regional e um equipamento único para a promoção e crescimento de projetos na área da moda, do design e das demais indústrias criativas. Através do projeto AYCH, a Câmara Municipal de Santo Tirso vê uma excelente oportunidade para encorajar os jovens a desenvolver as suas competências empreendedoras, através de um modelo de empreendedorismo que visa a conexão de hubs no espaço atlântico em torno do setor criativo.

Os jovens que participem no projeto AYCH são apoiados pela Câmara Municipal de Santo Tirso, através do INVEST Santo Tirso e de um conjunto de instrumentos que lhes permitirão transformar as suas ideias em projetos e ações que potenciem as suas competências e, consequentemente, a possibilidade de desenvolverem uma carreira no setor criativo.

Mais se acrescenta que a Estratégia de Especialização Inteligente da Região Norte – RIS 3 Norte, apresenta a “Cultura, Criação e Moda”, como como um domínio prioritário de atuação, que genericamente consiste na exploração do potencial das indústrias criativas (sobretudo nas áreas de design), de novos materiais e de tecnologias de produção inovadoras, na criação de novas vantagens competitivas em setores com uma forte componente de design (design based consumer goods), nomeadamente o têxtil e vestuário, calçado, acessórios, mobiliário, joalharia, etc.

O AYCH é, indubitavelmente, um projeto estratégico para Santo Tirso, dado ir claramente ao encontro deste domínio de atuação e contribuir igualmente para as prioridades de desenvolvimento, ao nível do emprego e do empreendedorismo, da Câmara Municipal de Santo Tirso.

Santo Tirso especializou-se na sua incubadora de Moda, como pode influenciar o resto das incubadoras, sendo tão criativo?

O setor têxtil e da moda é identificado como estratégico no âmbito da politica de desenvolvimento do nosso território. A atuação da Incubadora de Moda e Design (IMOD) e do Centro de Empresas e Inovação (CEI) do HUB Fábrica de Santo Thyrso será reforçada com o projeto AYCH, que apoiará e acolherá projetos de empreendedorismo associados ao Cluster da Moda e Indústrias Criativas.

O Hub “Fábrica Santo Thyrso”, ao representar para o projeto AYCH um importante polo da Moda, Atividades e Indústrias Culturais e Criativas, dará importantes contributos para a potenciação do Empreendedorismo Jovem e Criativo.

Este Pólo da Moda e de Atividades e Indústrias Culturais e Criativas na Fábrica Santo Thyrso apresenta importantes valências para o projeto AYCH. Conta com uma Nave Cultural e Industrial, espaço para eventos e iniciativas culturais, um Centro de Empresas e Inovação, espaço de acolhimento empresarial focado na tecnologia, com sinergias importantes na fileira da Moda, uma Incubadora de Moda e Design, espaço de incubação de projetos criativos e um Centro Interpretativo da Indústria Têxtil do Vale do Ave, núcleo de memória da fábrica.

A IMOD dispõe de um Fab Lab de Moda & Design, altamente inovador, constituído por um Laboratório de Confeção, um Laboratório de Design e Modelação em CAD CAM e um Laboratório de Estamparia Convencional, que está ao dispor dos jovens, não só de Santo Tirso e território de proximidade, mas de todo o espaço atlântico, quer no âmbito das residências de incubação, quer no âmbito do apoio a programa de estágios do projeto AYCH.

De ressalvar, também, a importância da rede de Stakeholders que é colocada ao dispor do projeto AYCH, e que inclui parceiros como o MODATEX – Centro de Formação Profissional da Indústria Têxtil, Vestuário, Confeção e Lanifícios, a Universidade do Minho, o P. Porto –  Instituto Politécnico do Porto, entre outros, cuja atuação concertada com a Câmara Municipal de Santo Tirso é fundamental para o sucesso e criatividade do projeto AYCH.

Para este ano de 2019, quais são os objetivos da Câmara Municipal de Santo Tirso para a Aych? O que você quer fazer?

Para dar continuidade ao sucesso do trabalho desenvolvido em 2018 no âmbito do projeto AYCH –  Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs, o ano 2019 será decisivo para a Câmara Municipal de Santo Tirso, através do INVEST Santo Tirso, implementar a estratégia AYCH de suporte ao desenvolvimento de oportunidades de negócio e de criação de emprego no setor criativo. Esta estratégia terá como foco dois eixos de atuação, que correspondem ao Programa de Incubação e ao Programa de Estágios.

É ambição da Câmara Municipal de Santo Tirso, através do INVEST Santo Tirso, incubar, em 2019, 20 jovens empreendedores e apoiar o desenvolvimento de 20 projetos no domínio da moda e/ou indústrias criativas. Este eixo e foco estratégico de atuação para 2019 não descura a participação noutras atividades do projeto como os planos de capitalização com os stakeholders, a dinamização dos workshops KET “Key Enabling Techologies”, a participação no Creative Jam em Jigón (Espanha), e o apoio à criação da política de conexão de hubs AYCH no espaço atlântico, através da rede de experts, entre outros.


Have you seen our video of the Creative Jam?. I’m sure you’ll like it!!!

María Montoiro: “The Importance of Europe”

María Montoiro, of Galician origin, is a lawyer, lives in Rennes and has been working on European projects for years. She is currently the project coordinator in Atlantic Cities and develops part of her work in our project.

Why Aych can become important for the Atlantic Cities?

After 2008 economic and financial crisis, the Atlantic Cities were notably touched by this negative event, bringing its population into increasing numbers of unemployment, notably within youth. Therefore, in today’s economical context with rising youth unemployment AYCH Project allows Atlantic Cities to work closely with young people interested by the creative and cultural sector on their projects, ideas and more so as to “shape the future for an innovative economy”. In a few words, AYCH will empower youth from all backgrounds.

Atlantic Cities is all about youth and has developed its “Atlantic Futures” programme for youth. It includes various initiatives and EU projects such as AYCH. It is a perfect match with our ambitions for young people. We see it as a wonderful opportunity to create new synergies and share our values across European cities of the Atlantic Area. AYCH also serves as an indicator for Atlantic Cities to evaluate the youngsters’ needs so as to develop new ideas and initiatives to favour their future employment. Furthermore, as a transnational association, Atlantic Cities is working within the project on political capitalisation so as to give more visibility to AYCH and promote its outcomes to EU institutions and organisations.

The European cities for a “new moment”, will this affect the youth of the European countries the situation with the United Kingdom?

The situation of the United Kingdom will affect directly European youth in terms of mobility, by restricting them mobility opportunities as once the United Kingdom will be out of the European Union they didn’t be part of an open space with no borders.

Mobility opportunities in terms of studies and labour opportunities are a key element for create synergies within European youth in creative and cultural sector.

What connections can young people from European countries create through a project like Aych in the future?

Thanks to AYCH young people from various countries sharing the same interests have the opportunity to work together on new ideas but also to develop their intercultural knowledge. Once the project will be over, they can keep in touch through a network of former AYCH members which could act as a continuous platform for collaboration.

Moreover, Youth taking part in AYCH project will be in direct contact with business and organizations working in creative and cultural sector which will allow them to keep close ties afterwards. It will be very good for those looking for an internship or wanting to develop their own business in the future.