Center for Women Entrepreneurship
Topic of the practice
Promoting Mindset. A practice that promotes a positive attitude towards innovation and entrepreneurship
Good Practice Information
The project is a cross-border initiative between neighbouring regions in Bulgaria and Serbia. It contributes to the area’s development by supporting the participation of women in economic activity. Five permanent support centres have been established in Niche, Zajecar, Leskovets, Pernik and Vratsa-Berkovitsa. Their purpose is to increase the capacity of local agencies to promote and support female entrepreneurship, including issues such as competitiveness, collaboration and investment opportunities. The overall goal of centres is to assist the social-economic development and integration of the cross-border region by supporting the full participation of female population in the economy and collaborate for the elimination of discrimination of women in economy, in order to establish a basis for sustainable economic development.
Services include: Advice and consultation, Training workshops and seminars, Study visits, Business forums, Market and business information service, Formation of data bases and hiring women entrepreneurs, Web-sites development, Studying of potential areas of collaboration of women entrepreneurs. Cross-border network by women entrepreneurs is developed. Guide for investments and Investment manual are elaborated. Know-how for management/delivery of services in support of women is developed
The project’s uniqueness is its pioneering focus on developing female entrepreneurship and its potential to be spread throughout Bulgaria and Serbia. Only two centres for female entrepreneurship /Pernik and Bercovitca/ are set up in west Bulgaria
Evidence of success
This good practice is an example of how to focus entrepreneurship focus on some part of a population.
Centres remove many of the barriers that prevent women from engaging in economic activity. Through support such as providing information, training and networking opportunities, the centres empower women entrepreneurs to realize their full potential. The cross-border project for set up of centres for female entrepreneurship is ranked in the Top 10 of the best implemented projects under the Cross-border Cooperation Programme and is given as an example of good practice in the Report on Equality between Women and Men 2009 by Vladimir Shpidla, the Euro commissar for employment, social affairs and equal possibilities. About 40 unemployed women from Pernik have been directly trained, of which at least 10 women will be supported to start up their own business with a small grant scheme
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Pernik Chamber of Commerce and Industry