Groupements de Createurs (Entrepreneurs Team)

Project information

Index: 0570R2
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Location FRANCE ÎLE DE FRANCE Île de France Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2000-01-01
End: ongoing

Topic of the practice

social entrepreneurship, business development, employment, coaching, training

Good Practice Information

The aim of the Groupements de Createurs (Entrepreneurs Team) initiative is to build awareness among unqualified and disadvantaged people about the possibility to develop their own small business as an alternative to finding a job. It also encourages disadvantaged people to trust their abilities to come up with good ideas and to carry out their own projects. The initiative fosters beneficiaries’ self-esteem, self-confidence and autonomy of action, as well as provides beneficiaries with the opportunity to have access to an academic program in business management. The main target group: young people, in poor urban areas, who have dropped out of school and who have a low level of qualifications. The main stakeholders involved are: The Ile-de-France Region (financial partner) / University (Paris XIII Saint-Denis) pedagogical partner / Job centre for young people (Mission Locale) as an operator, entrepreneurial coaching and advisory structure (Boutique de Gestion) and state and local bodies (financial partners). The Groupement de Createurs program is organised in two phases (i.e., emergence phase and the training phase), which are conducted by one counsellor who works in partnership with other organisations.
The Emergence Phase: this phase lasts between 2 and 8 months, depending on the beneficiary’s needs. It aims at helping the beneficiaries to confirm their desire of carrying out their project. The Training Phase: people who confirm their wish to implement their project after the Emergence Phase can participate in the second phase. The Training Phase takes place in the partner University. This 6 months program leads to a technical degree in entrepreneurship called the DUCA (Diplôme d’Université de Création Activité – University Degree in Entrepreneurship). During the entire program, the main role of the Groupement de Createurs counsellor is to pass on a method of project management that will be used by the beneficiaries for any project they will have to conduct. The counsellor doesn’t interfere in the technical dimensions of the project, the technical expertise being provided by other organisations who are specialized in entrepreneurial consulting.

Evidence of success

13 Groupements of Createurs are now (2011) in operation in France in 8 different regions: Ile-de-France, Basse-Normandie, Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrenees, Bretagne, Rhone-Alpes, La Reunion, Guadeloupe. A Groupement de Createurs was also launched in Montreal (Canada) in 2009. More than 3000 people have benefited from the programme since 2000. 73% of the beneficiaries who have obtained their DUCA have either found a job or launched their own business one year after the end of the Training Phase.

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