DIGI WOMEN - digital entrepreneurship tools and support for women entrepreneurs
The kick-off meeting of the team of DIGI WOMEN project was held on 3 December 2020. The project’s overall objective is to develop a training programme that will train experts in order to offer trainings and mentorship sessions tailored to the needs of the female entrepreneurs digitalizing their business and help them overcome the obstacles they face in the digitalization.
The project is funded by Erasmus+ Programme, Key Action 2, Strategic Partnerships, Adult Education, with Grant Agreement No. 2020-1-BG01-KA204-079272.
The purpose of the kick-off meeting was to introduce the partner organizations by sharing their relevant experiences, to present the project goals, and to revise the main project tasks and activities in accordance with the reductions in scope and time imposed by the evaluators.
The meeting had to be held in Sofia, Bulgaria in the Institute of Entrepreneurship of the University of National and World Economy as project coordinator. Unfortunately, the anti-pandemic measures to fight the Covid-19 spread didn’t allow travelling of the project partners’ representatives and the kick-off meeting had to be conducted in online form.
Participants in the kick-off meeting were the heads and experts from each of the partner organizations:
- Paolo Zaramella, Ria Aerts, Alberto Maistrello of the Consulenza Direzionale di Paolo Zaramella (CDPZ), Italy
- Herwig Simoner of the bit management Beratung GesmbH, Austria
- Apostolina Tsaltampasi and Katerina Mouratidou of the Greek Association of Women Entrepreneurs – SEGE, Greece
- Vera Komarova and Zane Zeibote of the Cluster Experts Baltic Sea Region (CEBSR), Latvia
- Igor Kononenko and Karina Bukrieieva of the Department of Strategic Management, National Technical University «Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute» (NTU KhPI), Ukraine
- Mirela Alpeza and Danica Eterovic of the CEPOR SMEs and Entrepreneurship Policy Centre, Croatia
- Kostadin Kolarov, Nikolay Vankov, and Silviya Georgieva of the Institute of Entrepreneurship, University of National and World Economy (UNWE), Bulgaria
Prof. Dr. Diana Kopeva, Vice-Rector for Scientific Research Activity of UNWE, welcomed the participants and stressed the importance of the project in addressing significant challenges to female entrepreneurship. She also expressed satisfaction with the high level of partnership, which combined significant experience and expertise in all aspects of the project objectives and tasks.
Then participants introduced themselves and their institutions with emphasis on the expertise gained through completion of different projects related to the topic as well as on the networks they are active in.
The project will be implemented into two stages until April 2022 and includes a series of multiplier events to be held in each project partner’s country and a Train the Trainers week with the participation of all partners.