Promoting entrepreneurial culture in the South-West Oltenia and Bucharest-Ilfov development regions – Asociaţia Pro-Mehedinţi

The project “Promotion of Entrepreneurial Culture in the South-West Oltenia and Bucharest-Ilfov Development Regions” was co-financed by the European Social Fund through the Sectoral Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013, priority axis 3 “Increasing the adaptability of workers and enterprises” major area of intervention 3.1 “Promoting entrepreneurial culture”.

The project was implemented by the South-West Regional Development Agency Oltenia, in partnership with the Bucharest-Ilfov Regional Development Agency, the University of Craiova, the University of Bucharest, “Titu Maiorescu” University in Bucharest, the Commercial Company for Research, Design and Production automation equipment and installations – IPA Branch CIFATT Craiova and Pro-Mehedinţi Association and aimed to facilitate the start-up of new businesses or to develop the existing businesses in order to increase their competitiveness on the market.

The overall objective of the project was to promote entrepreneurial culture and develop 448 people’s knowledge, skills, entrepreneurial and managerial skills ( amongstudents, master students, young graduates, entrepreneurs, self-employed persons, managers and employees of SMEs) as well as among the beneficiaries of counseling and technical assistance within the support centers that were established / developed within the project.

The project’s activities consisted of information and awareness campaigns on existing opportunities to encourage entrepreneurship, training to develop and strengthen new areas of employment and entrepreneurship, developing the aid scheme and incentives to help start a business, entrepreneurship and self-employment, creating two support centers for business start-ups and developing three existing support centers, in the implementation period of the project and, last but not least, the promotion of entrepreneurial culture.

The project results were grants to 448 Entrepreneurship Competences graduates, out of whom 112 were women; information and awareness campaigns on existing opportunities to encourage entrepreneurship; regional conferences and organized information events; selected and monitored business plans; newly created jobs; increasing the share of course beneficiaries who initiated business; the establishment of 2 support centers and the development of 3; counseled people; an entrepreneur guide; workshops for the target group; promotional films and on-line promotion spots for entrepreneurship.

The project involved 448 people, out of which at least 50% were young people enrolled in the university education system, and the rest were from any other social categories in the South-West Oltenia and Bucharest-Ilfov regions, thus ensuring the principle of equality of chances. Of the total number of people in the target group, at least 25% (or 112 individuals) were women.