Title Business Advice and Guidance training for women Entrepreneurs
Project Number 2013-1-PL1-LEO05-37593
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The aim of the BADGE project was to transfer and adapt an innovative support program „Diversity in Business Workshops.” Developed in the UK it has been transferred to seven new countries (BG, CY, EL, HR, PL, LT, RO). The purpose of the transfer was to strengthen the position of women entrepreneurs in the face of a difficult economic situation, so they start their own business and improve their language and communication skills.
BADGE aimed to transfer and adapt an innovative support programme - Diversity in Business Workshops - developed in the UK, and that enabled female start-ups experiencing double-disadvantage to gain valuable soft skills and competences to assist them in starting up their own business. The purpose of the transfer was to strengthen the position of women entrepreneurs in the face of a difficult economic situation, so that they start their own business and improve their language and communication skills. The purpose of the detailed study of the target group conducted within the project’s framework was to prepare all tools responding to diverse needs of women in each of the partner countries. The next step was to adapt “Diversity in Business Workshops” into business tools and a training program for business advisors in partner countries. The developed tool has been tested by 160 women across the whole partnership. Furthermore, the target group has received access to an e-learning platform and all supporting materials in their native language. The project has been realized for two years
Pilot workshops with women were carried out in the partner countries GR, CY, RO, BG, HR, PL, and LT to test the methodology, which included separate trainers (business advisors) and learners kits. An online community has been created to continue the peer-support approach, using Web2.0 and social media to reduce isolation and build valuable social capital for the target group. VET trainers had access to innovative European approaches and the opportunity to share knowledge with peers across Europe.
BADGE had 2 main target groups; disadvantaged entrepreneurial women and specialists in VET-oriented organisations who offered support for these women. BADGE had significant impact on both groups short-term, (in terms of immediate benefits), and long-term (through the empowerment of learners, project dissemination and networks created).
The main project outcome is the revised tool in all 7 partner languages, constituting the business advisor’s material as well as the learners’ material, accompanied by an e-learning platform and online community.
WP1: Project Management and Quality Assurance
WP2: Assessment of Needs
WP3: Adaptation of Workshops and Training of Trainers / Business Advisors
WP4: Piloting the Diversity in Business Workshops with Target Group
WP5: Development of e-learning Platform and online community
Activities of Households as Employers; Undifferentiated Goods- and Services-Producing Activities of Households for Own Use
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
open and distance learning
The main product of the project is an e-learning platform.
In the first year of project activities the consortium completed the following activities. They conducted research in each partner country to assess the feasibility of the transfer and analyse the training needs of women facing double disadvantage. Based on the study, Business advisor’s kit was adapted and translated into the languages of partner countries. During the whole year all partners actively participated in dissemination activities, both in face-to-face events and on-line.
Until the end of April 2015 the 1st Pilot of Diversity in Business Workshops was implemented successfully by all partners.
Three partners meetings took place emphasized both on the ongoing implementation of individual tasks and activities and the overall progress of the project. Moreover, some Skype meetings were held allowing the continuous update on progress.
The project’s e-learning platform has been developed and all partners have translated the educational material which is hosted on the platform. Also, the project’s IPR agreement and Exploitation plan have been finalised, while various dissemination activities have been implemented according to the Project work plan.