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EU Funding for entrepreneurship (with particular emphasis on young entrepreneurs)

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Stephanie Mitchell, Deputy Head of the Unit Entrepreneurship 2020, DG Enterprise and Industry, …

Stephanie Mitchell, Deputy Head of the Unit Entrepreneurship 2020, DG Enterprise and Industry,
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  • Dobro jutro, dame I gospodo
  • Policy background – three pillars here Based on evidence/statistics – won't repeat %ages of SMEs to EU economy, etc – but notice: SMEs creat 85% of all NEW jobs! But also a great challenge: Eurobarometer down to 37% preference to be self-employed, less than many of our major global competitors
  • Part of our response to this challenge is the Action Plan, adopted first week of Jan 2013. Emphasise action at the right and appropriate levels: national, regional, local as well
  • You'll hear a bit more about all of these aspects later today, here is the framework
  • • The first key action has been the creation of the European Network of Female Entrepreneurship Ambassadors in 2009. Successful entrepreneurs act as role models to motivate women of all ages to try a career as entrepreneurs. The aim with the ambassadors is to raise awareness and encourage entrepreneurship as a career option for women of all ages by using role models (the ambassadors).In addition, many ambassadors have gone beyond their task to only campaign for female entrepreneurship among women of all ages: they also became actively involved in supporting the establishment of new enterprises. There are 320 ambassadors in 22 European countries taking part in the network. (These countries are: Albania, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden and the United Kingdom). Thanks to their work more than 250 new women-led enterprises have been created. • Further the Commission inaugurated the European Network of Mentors for Women Entrepreneurs in Warsaw on 15 November 2011 under a Polish Presidency event. This is another action proposed in the SBA Review and aimed at promoting female entrepreneurship in Europe. The Mentors' network reinforces and complements the concrete actions to promote, support and encourage female entrepreneurship that started with the creation of the European Network of Female Entrepreneurship Ambassadors (ENFEA) in 2009. • The Mentors' Network provides advice and support to women entrepreneurs on the start-up, functioning and growth of their enterprises in the early phase of the life of their enterprises (from the second to the fourth year of existence of a new woman-led enterprise). Following a call for proposals, 17 CIP countries form today the European Network of Mentors for Women Entrepreneurs. The Network has currently around 200 mentors. • Finally the 2012 European SME Week Summit organised on 17th October focused exclusively on women's entrepreneurship. The title was: "Women's Entrepreneurship Makes Business Sense". More than 650 participants- mainly women entrepreneurs- and stakeholders participated in parallel workshop and the following areas were discussed: • a) Access to finance for women entrepreneurs. • b) Entrepreneurship education helps to redress the gender imbalance • c) Women in Technology-Based Businesses • d) Women Entrepreneurs with Migrant Background
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    • 1. EU Support forEntrepreneurs:An IntroductionZagreb, April 2013DG ENTERPRISE AND INDUSTRYStephanie MitchellDeputy Head of Unit D/1
    • 2. Context: Why Support Entrepreneurs?Europe 2020 - strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusivegrowth: industrial policy for globalisation and measures toimprove the business environment, notably for SMEs.Small Business Act: a package of 10 key principles withlegislative and non-legislative measures. Includes measuresfor SMEs to access globalised markets.Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP):contribute to the competitiveness and innovative capacity ofthe EU, paying particular attention to the needs of SMEs=>jobs + growth
    • 3. Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan• Call to joint action at all levels: re-igniteentrepreneurial spirit in Europe• EU + Member States, aim for lasting, deepimpact• Action at appropriate levels: EU, national,regional, local• EU added value
    • 4. Action Pillars of Entrepreneurship2020• Entrepreneurial education and training• create new generations of entrepreneurs• Creating an environment where entrepreneurs canflourish and grow• offer effective support or get out of entrepreneurs’ way!• Role models and reaching out = radical cultural change• entrepreneurship as the new cool’• involve groups not reached before
    • 5. EU Support: Overview• Learn from other entrepreneurs:• ambassadors, mentors & exchanges• Financial: Loans and guarantees, funds toMS• Information  Enterprise EuropeNetwork
    • 6. Learn from other entrepreneurs• Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs• 5000+ accepted entrepreneurs; matched exchanges 1640• Women 320 Female Entrepreneurship Ambassadors (est 2009) 200 members of European Network of Mentors for WomenEntrepreneurs (11/11) SME Summit 2012 E-platform in planning stages• Education labs and best practice exchanges
    • 7. Financial support• Regional and structural funds• Debt & equity instruments under CIP• New generation 2014-2020 proposal (COSME)• €1.4 billion envelope• Loan guarantees proposed up to €150 000• Equity Facility for Growth risk capital funds• Microfinance (managed by EIF)• Information: Access2Finance• http://www.access2finance.eu/
    • 8. Enterprise Europe Network• 600 organisations involved(chambers of commerce, business organisations, technology and innovationagencies, sector associations, regional development agencies, researchorganisations and universities)• In all EU Member States & 27 countries worldwide• 3000+ experienced staff• 4000 local events annually on SME-related topics• €380 million EU contribution for supported projectsuntil 2014, to be continued in future• Zagreb, Osijek, Rijeka, Split, Varaždin: www.een.hr
    • 9. Hvala!Thank you for your attention!
    • 10. Hvala!Thank you for your attention!