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, policy measures in the DR, policy improvement to be aligned to their needs through a developed Policy Agenda, innovative solutions and training models for improvement of the entrepreneurial culture, skills and competencies among them which will be pilot tested and incorporated into 4 Women Entrepreneurship Centers (EWCs). A Transnational strategy for sustainability of the EWCs will guarantee the lasting effect of the project.
The consortium of 14 PPs from 9 DR countries brings together national&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
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2021050
ERDF Contribution: 1437392,5
IPA Contribution: 144500
ENI Contribution: 136000
Call number
Call 2
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 - Dissemination event in Szombathely, Hungary
    - 08-08-2019
    Dissemination event in Szombathely, Hungary

    A Dissemination event of Women in Business project had been organized in Szombathely, Hungary on 7th August 2019 together with a Business Breakfast of DanubeChance2.0 project. Discussion about the current activities of the project was held. The...

  • WOMEN IN BUSINESS - 5th Transnational Learning Event in Sarajevo
    - 15-07-2019
    5th Transnational Learning Event in Sarajevo

    Our project partner - School of Economics and Business, University of Sarajevo (SEBS) hosted a set of events in the period from 2nd till 4th of July 2019 under WOMEN IN BUSINESS project. The 5th Transnational Learning Event started on...

  • WOMEN IN BUSINESS - Thematic Capitalisation Workshop, Budapest, Hungary
    - 23-06-2019
    Thematic Capitalisation Workshop, Budapest, Hungary

          The Chance 2.0 Thematic Capitalisation Workshop took place on 19th of June 2019 in Budapest, Hungary, hosted by the IFKA Public Benefit Non-Profit Ltd. for the Development of the Industry. After the official welcome speech of Mike...

    - 07-06-2019

    The Concept for Women Entrepreneurship Centre (EWC) was validated by Advisory Board in April 2019.  4 EWCs will be set up of in: Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Bosnia and Herzegovina within Women in Business Project. The full Concept could be...

  • WOMEN IN BUSINESS - Study of Current State on Young Women Entrepreneurship Support in the Danube Region
    - 03-05-2019
    Study of Current State on Young Women Entrepreneurship Support in the Danube Region

    The results from the on-line survey among all young women, interviews with national stakeholders and successful business women were processed and presented in 9 National Studies of Current State. The main motivation factors, barriers and gaps in...

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