The 7th October the very first CRE8 4PEOPLE challenge was held in Karlstad. A competition based on Karlstad university’s method CRE8®, but with people and social sustainability in focus. A new collaboration between Valmet, Karlstad University, Innovation Park (local innovation society in Karlstad) and a local nonprofit organization.
Four teams of Student’s at Karlstad University were challenged to come up with an idea how to help immigrant women to get jobs in the society.
Klara Sol was the local nonprofit organization who needed help with solving this problem. They aim to integrate women with immigrant background into the society and work life.
The teams got 3 hours to come up with a solution and pitch to the jury, a jury with members from Karlstad University, Klara Sol and Valmet.
The winning team came up with the idea to create a trainee program for women to connect and integrate with companies. A beneficial solution for both parties.
The next step for the the students is the opportunity to realize their idea together with Klara Sol, and Valmet contributes both with support and competence in the project implementation.
The team can during this time use Innovation Parks facilities where they are given the opportunity to work together and be inspired by other creative projects that are going on in the surroundings.
Apart from contributing to the society with social sustainable solutions our ambition is also to create valuable collaborations and meetings between Valmet, local actors, Universities, Innovation Park (local innovation society in Karlstad) and with students.