WOMEN IN BUSINESS Fostering the Young Women Entrepreneurship in the Danube Region

Young women represent a large pool of entrepreneurial potential in the Danube Region (DR) as 52% of its population is female and 30% of them are self-employed.

However, only 10% of young women in the DR are at early stage of business development and only 2% of them establish a business which lasts more than 42 months. The entrepreneurial potential of young women in the DR is underdeveloped. 


WOMEN IN BUSINESS comes as a response to certain specific needs of young women entrepreneurs (YWE) in the DR through project transnational activities focused on:

  • comprehensive mapping, evaluation and comparison of needs and barriers which young women face,
  • available policy measures in the Danube Region for young women entrepreneurship support,
  • policy improvement to be aligned to their needs through a developed Policy Agenda,
  • development of innovative solutions and training models for improvement of the entrepreneurial culture, skills and competencies among them
  • pilot testing of the new training models,
  • establishment of 4 Women Entrepreneurship Centers (EWCs) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania.

The consortium of 14 project partners from 9 Danube Region countries brings together national and regional, public and private organizations and universities, whose specific thematic background guarantees a solid knowledge and necessary expertise by coming forward with appropriate innovative solutions. It will upgrade existing cooperation mechanisms between the target groups based on quadruple helix model. 

Project outputs and results are to benefit the wider community within the DR and will have a strong social impact.

All knowledge accumulated in the project will be transferred to other countries from the DR through numerous project events, project dissemination channels and tools and European networks in which project partners participate.

Fostering the Young Women Entrepreneurship in the Danube Region
Start date
01-06-2018
End date
31-05-2021
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2021050
ERDF Contribution: 1437392,5
IPA Contribution: 144500
ENI Contribution: 136000
Call number
Call 2
Priority
Innovative and socially responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Increase competences for business and social innovation

Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Regional Agency for Entrepreneurship and Innovations - Varna Lead partner office@rapiv.org BULGARIA
Innovation Region Styria LTD ERDF partner claudia.krobath@irstyria.com AUSTRIA
Varna Free University “Chernorizets Hrabar” ERDF partner bakardjieva@vfu.bg BULGARIA
Technology Park Varaždin Ltd ERDF partner Emilija.skocibusic@tp-vz.hr CROATIA
bwcon GmbH ERDF partner grillea@bwcon.de GERMANY
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Project News

  • WOMEN IN BUSINESS - EWC-Bulgaria & 1st Pilot Action - the mission is possible
    - 02-04-2020
    EWC-Bulgaria & 1st Pilot Action - the mission is possible

    We are at home but we are not wasting our time. This is how EWC - Bulgaria continues with the meetings with our young women entrepreneurs.       They had a chance to learn so far about business digitalisation, different sources for...

  • WOMEN IN BUSINESS - Postponed event: Women in Business event in Stuttgart has a new date!
    - 17-03-2020
    Postponed event: Women in Business event in Stuttgart has a new date!

    Due to epidemic situation bwcon postponed the event "Women in Business" to Stuttgart (Germany) for a new date -  16.06.2020. Within the framework of the DTP project WOMEN IN BUSINESS, this evening will focus on the topic "Female...

  • WOMEN IN BUSINESS - 1st pilot training on young women entrepreneurship started
    - 12-03-2020
    1st pilot training on young women entrepreneurship started

    The results of the 1st Call for Applications for attending the pilot programme on young women entrepreneurship under WOMEN IN BUSINESS project has been realised. The project partners agreed that 92 applictaions were approved among...

  • WOMEN IN BUSINESS - transnational workshop in Varna, Bulgaria
    - 03-03-2020
    transnational workshop in Varna, Bulgaria

    Varna Free University "Chernorizets Hrabar" hosted the the 1st Transnational workshop  and 5th Transnational Stakeholders Meeting in Varna between 25th-26th of February 2020 in Astor Garden Hotel. The progress in development of the training...

  • WOMEN IN BUSINESS - Save the date: Women in Business event in Stuttgart
    - 20-02-2020
    Save the date: Women in Business event in Stuttgart

    bwcon invites to the event "Women in Business" to Stuttgart (Germany) on the 31.03.2020. Within the framework of the DTP project WOMEN IN BUSINESS, this evening will focus on the topic "Female Entrepreneurship". In addition to international...

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