With almost a quarter of young people in Europe unemployed, more and more millennials are dreaming of entrepreneurship. Having a dream is good, but having the skills and plan to implement one’s idea is better. European telecommunications giant Telefónica is responding to the unemployment crisis by investing in the ideas of tens of thousands of young people (ages 13-25) by providing digital training and support they need to turn their entrepreneurial ideas into actions. So far, more than 8,000 young people (11-18 year olds) have attended Telefónica’s Think Big School where they learn basic website coding (via Mozilla’s Thimble Webmaker) and, with the support of Telefónica mentors, how to pitch their projects online.
Think Big is a big idea with a big goal: get 50,000 young people involved by 2015. Right now it’s available to individuals, schools and educational organizations everywhere Telefónica is in Europe, i.e., Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Slovakia, Spain and the UK. With the global support of 150 youth NGOs and other foundations like the Clinton Global Initiative, the Mozilla Foundation, and Power of Youth, Think Big is on course to meet their goal.