Periodic Reporting for period 1 - Signs for Europe (Business innovation through qualifying and (re-)employing of deaf people)
Reporting period: 2017-02-01 to 2017-07-31
The integration of deaf people in society is one of the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and the objective of the EC’s 2010-2020 Disability Strategy.
The objective of the project is to replicate via franchise all over Europe our successful business model, so that more people can benefit from our 13 years of experience and innovation in sign language education, deaf people empowerment through better access to qualified work, and deafness issues awareness among employers and in society.
The work done during Phase 1 has proven the feasibility of the project, so we will continue with Phase 2.
We reviewed the legal context of a franchise contract both in Europe in general and in Germany and France in particular, and determined our legal obligations towards our franchisees and the IPR strategy that should be part of the franchise contract.
We developed detailed work packages for the Phase 2 work plan dedicated to standardizing our know-how as a franchise package so it can be sold to our franchisees.
We have updated the innovation business plan with all these inputs, including a commercialization strategy, growth forecast, and a market entry plan.
We have contacted two organizations in Germany to participate in pilot tests, and they have expressed their agreement with letters of interest