Celebration and Learning Event to Mark the Closure of the I-SEED

Celebration and Learning Event to Mark the Closure of the I-SEED
Event Date: April 27, 2022
Event Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Venue: Online Webinar
Location: Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

The British Council would like to invite you (and any of your other colleagues) to attend a Celebration and Learning Event to mark the closure of the I-SEED: Innovations – Social Entrepreneurship and Education programme.

I-SEED was delivered in 2017-2021 and aimed to promote social entrepreneurship and develop core skills among young people via a network of local social enterprise trainers. The programme trained over 1,500 young people in organising businesses that brought social and economic benefits to their communities. It also provided resources and small grants to Atyrau start-ups to encourage the development of the city’s small business sector.

I-SEED was funded by Chevron and delivered in partnership with Atyrau local education authorities

The event will take place on 27 April at 14:00 – 15:30 Nur-Sultan time

It will be delivered online via Zoom. Please see the link below


Please write to ben.gray@britishcouncil.org to register for the event.

The event will provide an overview of I-SEED. It will look at the reasons underpinning the programme’s launch and how it supported Chevron’s corporate social responsibility agenda for Kazakhstan and the British Council’s global social enterprise strategy.

The main part of the event will involve a presentation of the results of the I-SEED end of programme review carried out by Kubi Kalloo, a UK based research, insights and knowledge planning agency - https://www.kubikalloo.com. This presentation will look at how the programme was organised and how it was able to draw upon UK expertise and best practice. It will also look at how the programme was received by its participants, what its key achievements and legacies are, and how the lessons learned can be applied to future social enterprise and youth skills programmes in Kazakhstan.

The event agenda will be as follows:

  1. Welcome and programme summary (10 minutes)
    Eric Lawrie, British Council Kazakhstan Country Director
  2. Chevron’s work with young people and why we supported this programme (10 minutes)

Zhanar Koshpanova, Community Engagement Coordinator, Chevron

3. Voice of an I-SEED participant (5 minutes)

4. Social enterprise – the big picture (10 minutes)

Juliet Cornford, Senior Social Enterprise Consultant, British Council

5. Presentation of the I-SEED Review (30 minutes)

Kubi Kalloo Ltd

6. Questions and answers (20 minutes)

7. Event closure (5 minutes)

Ben Gray, Head of Partnerships Central Asia, British Council

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