Entrepreneurship Foundation in Zary

Project information

Index: 0570R2
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Location POLAND POLNOCNO-ZACHODNI Area of Zary county (powiat) Lubuskie Start/End date of the practice
Start: 1992-01-01
End: ongoing

Topic of the practice

Support to SMEs, entrepreneurship, business development, social entrepreneurship

Good Practice Information

The Entrepreneurship Foundation was founded with the aim to inspire, support and create business activities at the local level. It implements business initiatives, increases entrepreneurial awareness and stimulates entrepreneurship in Zary county (powiat). The Foundation offers complex support to SMEs sector, especially in the start-up phase. There are three coexisting components within Foundation's structure: Centre for Entrepreneurship Support, Entrepreneurship Development Fund, and Business Incubator.
The Centre for Entrepreneurship Support helps gaining the essential knowledge needed to run one’s own company (ABC of entrepreneurship – training programme for unemployed people). It also provides support, advice, as well as information (e.g. on administrative or legal aspects to SMEs, funding opportunities and regulations etc.) already existing in the market. Entrepreneurship Development Fund, in turn, is a tool for financial support. This financial tool (i.e. a loan fund) finances the development, as well as a start of each (micro) enterprise with the aim to create new jobs. It targets unemployed people interested in setting up their own enterprise and the entities creating new jobs. Business Incubator is a form of technical assistance allowing new companies to set up their office spaces/ facilities in the area of the business incubator. The production and commerce space is available at special prices. This multi components structure (close co-operation between the Centre for Entrepreneurship Support, Entrepreneurship Development Fund and Business Incubator) ensures customers with complex support.

Evidence of success

The analysis of the Statistical Office from Zielona Gora (period 2008-2010) confirmed the high effectiveness of the Entrepreneurship Foundation in promotion of the entrepreneurial spirit in the Zary County. All in all more than 15 100 people have benefited from the different kind of activities provided by the Entrepreneurship Foundation. About 3000 people attended the training courses, out of which 350 started own economic activity. 5800 people benefited from individual consultations, 4500 received advice from the Communal Information Centre (in the range of entrepreneurship and job offers & seeking job). 19 trade and services micro enterprises started their activity in the Business Incubator.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Sebastian BORTNIK

Entrepreneurship Foundation in Zary


www.fundacja.zary.pl (Polish version only)

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