Young Female Entrepreneurial Program


Strategic Partnership on Youth

“Young Female Entrepreneurial Program YFEP” is a Strategic Partnership project aiming at
developing an entrepreneurial mindset and related skills in young women with a weak
socioeconomic background.

The inspiration for the YFEP project is the ongoing EU challenge of enhancing the entrepreneurial spirit of young women, increasing business creation rates and providing alternative pathways of employability and, most of all, young women’s personal fulfilment. The challenges that women identify in starting a business include discouraging social / cultural attitudes, lower levels of entrepreneurship skills, smaller and less effective entrepreneurial networks and policy frameworks that discourage women’s entrepreneurship. Instruments traditionally used to address these barriers (training and grants) have oftentimes had limited success and need to be better calibrated to the target group’s needs.
The YFEP approach aims at offering young women with the motivation to start a business (alone or with others) an all-in-one program (online contents and tools, workshops, group activities, multi-mentor support) in enlarging their knowledge on entrepreneurship, sustainable management, improve attitudes and foster skills needed to initiate and manage an enterprise, and most of all, empower them with the support of a multi-mentor program.

The multi-mentors individual and all-around support offered by the program has the final aim of boosting motivation and guide participants in planning their business step-by-step. The partners will select female professionals with different specialization (finance, marketing, sales, HR management,
Business plan writing, business planning, time management…) and sharing with the participants the existing links to potential clients and suppliers, in order to create a fully functioning and structured support network. In this way, young participants will be empowered and nurtured by senior female professionals with a wide range of expertise and professional background. The activities are performed via a communication and learning platform equipped to facilitate cooperation and communication among all involved parts.
The results of this project will be, all multilingual: a training course for youth workers and trainers of youth workers, to be tested during week-long staff mobility; a guidebook and tools to be used by young women with a business idea and the motivation to implement it, a protocol to engage stakeholders and specialists and motivate them in supporting the young participants, a manual for specialists and experts (women in particular) willing to learn mentoring and coaching techniques and support the young participants in their development path.

Partners

Coordinator: FUNDACJA AUTOKREACJA/ AUTOKREACJA FOUNDATION, POLAND
THE NEST SOCIAL COOPERATIVE ENTERPRISE, GREECE
SEAL CYPRUS, CYPRUS
MV INTERNATIONAL, ITALY
AREGAI TERRE DI BENESSERE ASSOCIAZIONE CULTURALE, ITALY
WEST LOTHIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LIMITED, UNITED KINGDOM

Project title: Young Female Entrepreneurial Program YFEP
Programme: Erasmus+
Key Action: Strategic Partnerships for Youth/ Innovation
Project duration: 30/09/2019- 29/09/2021 (24 months)
Project identification/ contract number: 2019-2-PL01-KA205-066107