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 - end of 1st pilot training programme in Bulgaria
    - 02-07-2020
    end of 1st pilot training programme in Bulgaria

    15 Bulgarian young women entrepreneurs successfully completed training in entrepreneurship. The training was organized within the activities of Women Entrepreneurship Centre – Bulgaria by RAPIV and VFU. In the period from February – June...

  • WOMEN IN BUSINESS - Survey on Bulgarian women entrepreneurship during COVID-19 pandemic
    - 14-06-2020
    Survey on Bulgarian women entrepreneurship during COVID-19 pandemic

    Regional Agency for Entrepreneurship and Innovations - Varna (RAPIV) from Bulgaria and HÉTFA Research Institute based in Hungary are conducting a research for a better understanding of the situation of female entrepreneurs during the coronavirus...

  • WOMEN IN BUSINESS - 4TH NATIONAL STAKEHOLDERS GROUP MEETING IN SLOVENIA
    - 21-05-2020
    4TH NATIONAL STAKEHOLDERS GROUP MEETING IN SLOVENIA

    The 4th national stakeholders group meeting in Slovenia was a little bit different as national stakeholders and project partners met online due to coronavirus, but at the same time, by now the group became really constructive place for exchange...

  • WOMEN IN BUSINESS - 3rd National Stakeholder Group Meeting in Bulgaria
    - 29-04-2020
    3rd National Stakeholder Group Meeting in Bulgaria

    RAPIV organized the 3rd Bulgarian stakeholder group meeting of WOMEN IN BUSINESS project earlier today - 29.04.2020. During the interactive event the members of the group had a fruitful discussion and provided imput to the draft Policy Agenda...

  • WOMEN IN BUSINESS - WEBINARS AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE
    - 17-04-2020
    WEBINARS AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

    As part of the activities of the 1st Pilot Training Programme on Entrepreneurship developed under WOMEN IN BUSINESS project, were held several webinars in the last two...

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