Project Details

Title: Entrepreneurial Diversity
Priority: 1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Theme: Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 2: Capitalisation Project
Fast track: No
Duration: 1st Jan 2010 - 29th Feb 2012
Website: http://www.entredi.eu


Total budget: €1,386,650.00
ERDF contribution: €1,081,195.50

Lead partner

Hanauer Landstraße 521
60386, Frankfurt am Main

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    • Contact Person: Ellen Bommersheim, Managing Director
      Phone: 49 69 219 78 0
      Fax: 49 69 219 78 520

Project summary

Entrepreneurial activities have quite an enormous impact for the economic performance of regions and the renewal of regional knowledge. Fostering entrepreneurship with (semi) public funding contributes to a more prosperous regional economy and can reduce the unemployment rate significantly. The experiences of the project partners as well as acknowledged studies show that entrepreneurial initiatives are successful if different types of services are provided for latent nascent entrepreneurs, nascent entrepreneurs and young entrepreneurs: Assessment, Training, Ongoing Consultation, Facilities and Networks.


Common business services providers mostly don’t consider these facts due to a limited philosophy: They are providing their services according to a sector, size of business, or a specific target group. This philosophy is insufficient. The only way of overcoming these gaps, coping with the challenges and taking the increasing

unemployment rate as a chance to boost Entrepreneurship on regional and local level is to shift from a fragmented support system to a holistic approach. Therefore, a well-developed related network of involved government agencies, regional economic development providers, labour offices, chambers, universities, associations, media and banks is necessary. Those regional networks are providing support to all potential and young entrepreneurs to overcome the initial hurdles of launching their businesses. A well developed network operates much like a public transit system. There are various bus and tramway stops where one can set forth or switch over to another line and a schedule, the business start-up roadmap. The network should also be based on the entrepreneurial diversity approach. Focusing on financial and market economics aspect considering by personal assessment, information and orientation and training seminars targeted to identify their potential and needs.

Active networks of public and private institutions as well as target group orientated consultation and qualification approaches are already implemented in some ENTREDI partner regions. All these activities and approaches and good practices should be gathered in a pool, where all regions can find methods, tools or some examples, waiting to be installed or to be improved due to their regional requirements the entrepreneurial spirit and basic conditions. After the successful formal conclusion of the ENTREDI project other European regions can benefit from the pool of experiences, methods and tools. 7 regional action plans on devolopment/improvement of enterpreneurship support will be signed by the respective of ROP managing authorities. The mainstreaming guideline will support the transfer and the sustainability of the integrative support programme of ENTREDI and the level of awareness of ROP managing activities policy about ENTREDI will be 50%.

Project achievements

The ENTREDI partnership remained the same during the 4th and final semester of the project, consisting of 7 partners from 7 regions from different european countries with Kompass Innovation and Incubation Center as LP. The LP also remained in charge of C1 and C2 working closely together with P4 as C3 coordinator. The analysis and development of the partners GP, the preparation of import and export practices for GP as well as development work for RAP's during the first and second semester was a very solid foundation for the actual import and export of the GP during staff exchanges during the 3rd semester. All partners and stakeholders took part in this very beneficial exchange between regions. The third semester was also an important time to finalize the RAP's of the region and prepare for the beeing signed by all participating regions during the final conference in November.

Following up of the initiation of the working group on innovation and entrepreneuship together with the AER, the AER and ENTREDI subject matter experts undertook SWOT analyses in Crete/Greece in July 2011 and Istanbul/Turkey in July 2011. Results of the SWOT were then presented during the AER Working Group Conference in Banja Luka/Serbia in September 2011. Many more regions applied for a SWOT analyses, for example the regions: Jämtland, Denizli, Pelagonia and Gelderland were some of there representatives attended the ENTREDI final conference to take part in some of the workshops during this day. The working group on innovation and entrepreneurship continues after the ENTREDI project has finished. A very large effort was of course dedicated to the completion of RAP's during the end of the 3rd semester and the beginning of the 4th semester. All partners were preparing the regional action plans to be signed by the representatives of the regions or local and/or regional authorities.

Also, much emphasis was put into the organisation of the final conference ENTREDI in November in Frankfurt in Germany. The conference on the 15th of November was the successful highlight of the project. All partners from across Europe met in Frankfurt Main, Germany to celebrate two years of collaboration in fostering entrpreneurial diversity and developing the respective regional support system. Each partner paricipated in the conference with their own delegation ranging from high ranking politicians to representatives of the Managing Authorities and business leaders. The Assembly of the European Regions added to the truly international event with additional representatives from many regions outside the ENTREDI partnership. The one day conference highlighted Good Practices in supporting entrepreneurial diversity and transfer experience and also had a wide look at the ENTREDI methodology. Through a mixture of panel discussion, workshops and networking opportunites the conference

presented a unique learning experience. Every ENTREDI partner has elaborated a Regional Action Plan in order to foster entrepreneurial diversity in their own region following the ENTREDI road map. At the final conference all seven Regional Action Plans have been signed either by the respective Managing Authorities of the Regional Operational Program or politicians/ authorities responsible for regional entrepreneurship.

The ENTREDI Guidbook developed during the projects duration and launched at the final conference was another highlight and achievement of the project. Feedback to the Conference and Guidebook has been excellent and many new project ideas and potential future partnerships have developed.


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Kompass, Frankfurt am Main GERMANY Darmstadt 49 69 219 78 0
LTC AB, Jönköping SWEDEN Småland med öarna 46 36 30 57 00
Region of Western Macedonia, KOZANI GREECE Dytiki Makedonia 30 24610 53270
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Basingstoke UNITED KINGDOM Hampshire and Isle of Wight 44-1256-845743
Tartu Science Park, Tartu ESTONIA Eesti 372-5029873
University of Lodz, Łódź POLAND Lodzkie 48 42 635 49 57
Aster s.cons.p.a., Bologna ITALY Emilia-Romagna 39 051 6398099
Lucie.sanchez@aster.it; ledi.halilaj@aster.it


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