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
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 - International event
    - 14-01-2021
    International event

    The Employers Association of Small and Medium Enterprises Constanta (PIMM Constanta) started 2021 with organization of the International event within the WOMEN IN BUSINESS project, which will took place earlier today - , 14th January 2021, at...

  • WOMEN IN BUSINESS - Women Entrepreneurship Day
    - 20-11-2020
    Women Entrepreneurship Day

    WOMEN IN BUSINESS project celebrated the Women Entrepreneurship Day  as women’s entrepreneurship is a vital part of the growth of Europe: not only it creates job and wealth, but also provides a significant contribution to gender balance and...

  • WOMEN IN BUSINESS - at 18th European Week of Regions and Cities 2020
    - 13-10-2020
    at 18th European Week of Regions and Cities 2020

    We are proud that the Women in Business project was presented to more than 65 participants by our colleague Sandra Weiß-Wallner (Innovation Region Styria Ltd) on the 18th European Week of Regions and Cities 2020 workshop "Unlocking Women...

  • WOMEN IN BUSINESS - Good Practices Handbook is available online!
    - 05-10-2020
    Good Practices Handbook is available online!

    The Good Practices Hanbook is a result of joint efforts of all WOMEN IN BUSINESS project partners. It is based on the methodology followed by the WOMEN IN BUSINESS project for analyzing, selecting, describing and evaluating of good practices for...

  • WOMEN IN BUSINESS - Meet the speakers: 18th EU Regions Week 2020 "Unlocking Women Entrepreneurship Potential"
    - 18-09-2020
    Meet the speakers: 18th EU Regions Week 2020 "Unlocking Women Entrepreneurship Potential"

    RAPIV would like to present to you the speakers of the workshop "Unlocking Women Entrepreneurship Potential" that will be held on 7th of October 2020 from 11:00 CET within #EURegionsWeek 2020: If you are interested...

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