The EFEB project started in October 2015 and will last for 2 years. EFEB Network’s main objective is to train, mentor and develop the entrepreneurship skills of women entrepreneurs involving them in VET partnership with great potential for development and raising the public awareness, supporting women empowerment and providing new economic and social opportunities for a prosperous European Region. In this respect, the project’s main task is to enhance the new skills education and to create a climate that is favorable to increasing the number of women entrepreneurs and the size of the women-led businesses and new jobs. Furthermore, the project aims at promoting the gender equity stressing out the importance of a strong women social entrepreneurship sector and at implementing activities focusing on motivational support to women entrepreneurs through education, information, training, good practices.

The aim of the EFEB Network is the development of strong partnership in the field of educational development, training and support activities and the area of female entrepreneurship and especially in the ground of social entrepreneurship, eco-innovation and digital economy. The participating organizations are divided in groups, depending of their basic objectives of work: educational institutions, SMEs, Associations supporting the female entrepreneurship.

Presented as an individual’s ability to turn ideas into actions, entrepreneurship has evolved over time to embrace creativity, innovation and risk taking, as well as the ability to set-up and run a business. Entrepreneurship is now considered as a key competence for all which should be promoted at all levels of education (from primary school to university) as well as through lifelong learning.

The European Commission has adopted two framework documents highlighting the importance of entrepreneurship education and training: in November 2012 a new strategy on education and training entitled “Rethinking Education” and, in January 2013, an Entrepreneurship Action Plan. The Commission notably invites Member States to reinforce entrepreneurship education at all levels and to strengthen the links between education and employers. The European Parliament, which in a 2006 Recommendation had recognized the sense of initiative and entrepreneurship as one of the key competences for lifelong learning, has since then supported entrepreneurship education in several resolutions. The project EFEB is closely oriented to the main objectives of these European policies.

Project Objectives:

  1. Involving women in training activities aimed at their professional development and career expertise
  2. Teaching women entrepreneurs how to take more calculated risks
  3. Inspiration and support for “would-be” women entrepreneurs and women returning to work
  4. Training women in business skills and promoting opportunities for career development
  5. Promoting entrepreneurship so that more women and in particular younger ones, seriously consider entrepreneurship as a career option
  6. Encouraging female entrepreneurs to create their own businesses
  7. Advocating innovation in management/ production and best practices towards introducing new business models.

Target Groups and Final Beneficiaries:

  1. Women of all ages
  2. Women entrepreneurs owning their own businesses
  3. Women out of work
  4. Women who want to start their own business
  5. Civil society organizations
  6. National, local associations of women entrepreneurs and all business organizations, chambers, etc.
  7. National foundations/institutes connected with gender issues and gender equality
  8. Local, national, international networks and initiatives, companies supporting entrepreneurship and women empowerment
  9. State and local authorities (municipalities, regions, etc.)
  10. Research organizations and universities
  11. EU and International organizations

Project partners:

Project partners represent 8 countries: Georgia, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Spain, UK and Ukraine.

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Project partners


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