FEM – Female Entrepreneur’s Meetings in the Baltic Sea 2004-2007

Project information

Index: 0863C2
Acronym:WINNET 8
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Employment, human capital and education
Location SUOMI / FINLAND MANNER-SUOMI Etelä-Suomi Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2004-08-01
End: 2007-08-30

Topic of the practice

Promoting women’s access to labour market and entrepreneurship and creating a common structure for the support of women’s entrepreneurship and women’s active participation through transfer of good practices (WRC) from more experienced Northern countries (like Sweden, Finland, Norway) to less developed ones (like Poland, Lithuania, Latvia).

Good Practice Information

Create a structure for the support of women’s entrepreneurship and women’s active participation. Increasing local, national and international co-operation and networking of female entrepreneurs and stakeholders. International exchange of knowledge and best practises e.g. the model and concept of Women Resource Centres. Transferring experiences between the Western Baltic Sea Region (BSR) countries and Eastern BSR-countries.
Disadvanced women, who want to find work or start their own business. Women entrepreneurs. Women, who want ot participate to community building.
ERDF/ Interreg III B
ERDF: 1 251 733 €, Norwegian national funding: 105 000€, EU-members states’ national co-financing: 573 107 €, Norwegian regional co-financing: 245 000 €
- involving Quadruple Helix representatives
- establishing Women Resource Centres (WRCs)
- developing mentoring as a method, especially group mentoring
- developinf Micro Credit Mechanisms
- internationalisation of Women Entrepreneurs
The models and best practises of the FEM-project such as mentoring programme, internationalisation of small enterprises, microcredit and international entrepreneur exchange have very good capacity to be transferred to other areas.

Evidence of success

136 business plans developed for women entrepreneurs; 18 promotion and marketing strategies developed; 10 new sustainable tourism products with transnational context created; 17 different guidelines and manuals developed; criterion for Women Resource Centres in the BSR; CD on group mentoring; 72 learning programmes implemented; 3 level entrepreneur training program; 127 training courses organised with 1150 trainees from different target groups implemented; Training in gender equality to participants (entrepreneurs, project workers etc.) and other stakeholders e.g. municipal authorities; 21 networking credit groups created: 6 in Estonia, 15 in Latvia and 10 in Sweden); 23 mentoring groups and 34 mentoring pairs created; 21 Women Resource Centres found: 5 in Estonia, 5 in Latvia, 5 in Poland and 6 in Lithuania; 20 new enterprises created

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Annamari Asikainen

Ministry of the Interior



Annex completed on: 02-22-2011

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