Title: Entrepreneurial Inspiration for the European Union
Type of intervention
Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Total budget: €1,951,463.94
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Contact Person: Allan Nordby Ottesen
Phone: 0045 36 97 35 00
Fax: 0045 36 97 35 01
Economic organisations and governments all across the EU are talking about the need to develop the EU into a strong 'entrepreneurial economy', since this is the key to Europe’s competitiveness and continues modernisation. A lot has been done on a regional, national and European level to support the development of an entrepreneurial economy. However, the 2007 Eurobarometer Entrepreneurship Survey revealed that: 'The desire for Europeans to be self-employed is decreasing'. This key paradox between good conditions for entrepreneurship but poor desire to become entrepreneurial is the key focus of ENSPIRE EU. By focusing on the development of a European entrepreneurial mindset by development/promotion of entrepreneurial inspiration, it's mainstreaming and durability into the regional policy sphere and structural funds system, ENSPIRE EU will improve the effectiveness of regional development policies thereby contributing to the economic modernisation and increased competitiveness of the EU.
Esbjerg municipality and the region of Southern Denmark in general initiated the project. It is based on the existing experiences and needs among the partner regions for successful improvement of regional development policies fostering entrepreneurial mindsets. The partnership consists of 12 partners from 11 countries DK, UK, FR, SP, SW, CY, CZ, RO, PO, HU, SL. The activities of the project has been divided into 3 main parts: Part 1) a limited mapping carried out in each partner region by using a set of standards and a joint information base, the mapping will result in a joint interregional study. Part 2) new discussions, knowhow, ideas and exchange of experiences through Interregional exchange camps, a Pan European exchange camp and the initiation of an Enspire EU network. Part 3) policy effectuation by the development of policy recommendations, a strategic regional policy framework and an interregional policy seminar.
A very limited part of the project consists of two pilot cases: 1) The development of an Enspire EU toolkit, and 2) A mutual exchange programme for transfer of good practices by setting up twin cooperation between the partner regions. The main results of the project will be improved policy making processes (and thereby improved regional development policies) by adopting evidence-based policy making (i.e policy making based on new knowledge by exchange of experiences and joint cooperation), the creation on an Enspire EU network for long-term collaboration and durability of the project's results and better support and " entrepreneurial inspiration services" for prospective entrepreneurs. The project will generate a wide range of outputs for exchange of good practice and dissemination, such as exchange camps, workshops, reports, analysis, recommendations etc.
The ENSPIRE EU project is about inspiring Europeans to become entrepreneurs and to put emphasis on the fact that there are very good supporting structures for people to become entrepreneurs. The project started with the identification of 3 target groups: 1) Disadvantaged People: without the same opportunities as the same average European. 2) Disconnected People: disconnected from the labour Market (long-term unemployed or people with a low education). 3) Discouraged People: young people at secondary level of education discouraged with the education system. The status of the project is for the period from 1st July 2012 to 31st of December 2012 following.
As it is important to stress that there are already many good initiatives across Europe, the Enspire EU has outlined a process how to pick out the best ones, which have a high potential to be transferred from one country to another. Previously in the Enspire EU project, as a first step the partners have developed a methodology to compare and benchmark the best practices, selecting those being successful in a region to be transferred to another region, and in the latest period the Partners have arranged twinning visits and exchange camps to learn from each other, and to exchange the best practices across regions. The approach have been that partners from eastern European countries have visited western European partners, because there would be a potential higher gain transferring initiative from more developed countries to less developed countries.
During the last period, partners performed the last twinning visit and have made implemented the pilot actions (small scale test) in Zlin, Lubuskie and Kranj. As a result of all these experiences and pilot implementation 5 best practices have been transferred. Conclusions obtained where integrated in 10 policy recommendations and test have resulted in an Enspire EU Toolkit produced, where the best practices were mentioned, and where pro and cons where outlined to transfer the single initiative for guiding BDOs and RDAs in transferring best practices for promoting entrepreneurship. The Pilot actions have been an additional activity in the project, and have generated added valuable knowledge about what you should be considered when you starting an benchmarking and best practice transfer of an initiative. The toolkit was presented at the Final Conference in Cyprus, where 56 people participated in the event.
The Final Conference was an excellent opportunity to present the experiences from the Enspire EU project, which extra focus on the achievements in the last year of the project. The policy recommendations were presented and discussed in connection with the experience of the twinning visits and the pilot actions. Also the 6th Steering Group Meeting was organized in Cyprus, where the partners contributed with inputs to their Regional Strategy Plan. The plan was finalized by the Lead Partner (LP) in December and distributed to the partners. In addition, the LP made an evaluation on the activities in the Component 3 and 4 activities were evaluated and discussed. The evaluation was discussed at the Steering Group Meeting as well.
|Institution, Town||Country||Region||Contact details|
|Esbjerg Municipality, Esbjerg||DENMARK||Syddanmark||0045 36 97 35 00
|Vejle Business Development Agency, Vejle||DENMARK||Syddanmark||4576811900
|Hampshire County Council, Winchester||UNITED KINGDOM||Hampshire and Isle of Wight||4461962846876
|The Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry / ADVANCIA, PARIS||FRANCE||Île de France||00 33 1 55 65 57 43
|Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Shipping of Seville, Sevilla||SPAIN||Andalucía||0034 954983901
|Halland Regional Development Council, Halmstad||SWEDEN||Västsverige||+46 35 17 98 83
|Larnaca District Development Agency, Voroclini||CYPRUS||Kypros / Kibris||00 357 24815280
|Zlin Region, Zlín||CZECH REPUBLIC||Stredni Morava||420605323216
|North-West Regional Development Agency, Radaia||ROMANIA||Nord-Vest||+40 264 431 550
|Marshal Office of the Lubuskie Region, Zielona Góra||POLAND||Lubuskie||48684565531
|Central-Transdanubian Regional Development Agency Nonprofit Company, Székesfehérvár||HUNGARY||Kozep-Dunantul||3622513370
|BSC, Business Support Centre L.t.d., Kranj, Kranj||SLOVENIA||Zahodna Slovenija||38642817230