20 months

Business and SME development

Promotion of and support to entrepreneurship


Summary of the project

The European Commission has suspended the cooperation with the Russian Federation within this Programme and participation of Russian beneficiaries in project implementation is suspended as well.

The project “Entrepreneurship, women and advice: a network of resource centers  in the border areas” (EWA) contributes to development of socio-economic potential of women constituting significant part of economically active population of the Programme regions. Targeting women ensures contribution to overcoming local challenges in demography and labor market, as women often find themselves among vulnerable groups of population.

The project will create the network of equipped resource centers (RC) for women in the programme regions of Latvia and Russia. It will involve professional coaches to deliver pilot trainings for economically active women, as well as for local mentors, which will continue working in the RCs after project lifetime. Local SMEs will be involved in RC activities both as potential employers and business experts.

It is expected that the RC network will set up long-term cooperation to exchange knowledge and to develop international economic relations. It will help women adapt to labor markets and contribute to increase of self-employment and the number of new SMEs.

The project foresees key practical steps to achieve the expected results:

  • deliver the set of seminars for women and local mentors on digital technologies in business and project management;
  • development and adoption of the manual on digital technologies in business for the RC trainings;
  • launch of 4 new and equipped RCs in Pskov, Pskov region, Latgale and Zemgale;
  • ensure sustainable operation of the RC network across the border using digital technologies – website with exhibition features and thematic catalogue.

Project budget:

  • Total budget - 230 000.00 EUR
  • Programme co-financing - 207 000.00 EUR

List of partners:

  • Proprietary Establishment of Supplementary Education "SPb social and economic institute"
  • Private educational institution INTELCAP
  • NGO "Mentori"
  • Business Women Association of Latgale
  • Zemgale Region Human Resource and Competences Development Centre (ZRKAC)

Lead Beneficiary:

Proprietary Establishment of Supplementary Education "SPb social and economic institute"

191186, Saint Petersburg, Millionnaya street, 11, room 16N

Saint Petersburg

E-mail: info@iwm.spb.ru

Web: www.iwmspb.ru

Total partner budget:

50000.00 EUR

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