European Day of Entrepreneurs: The Atlantic Arc Way

Know Cities meeting in Avilés

Know Cities meeting in Avilés

A brief by Tamara Guirao, CAAC Coordinator

European Day of the Entrepreneur or abbreviated as EDE, is a European brand that promotes entrepreneurship and it was initiated in Barcelona, Spain as a direct result of the Lisbon Strategy in 1999. EDE includes activities for youth, public, politicians and it is a tool that is used to promote entrepreneurship in order to create growth in jobs.

A month ago, in the event of presentation of good practice of Know Cities in Avilés, two experiences about Women’s Entrepreneurship were presented. The first was Entreprendre au Féminin (Female Entrepreneurship), a Brittany initiative. Represented by Gaëlle VIGOUROUX, this association is a vocationally oriented social network whose primary purpose is to support the careers of women in developing their entrepreneurial skills through:

  • Help to formalize and support project aimed at removing barriers to business start
  • Promotion and networking of women entrepreneurs and women in positions of responsibility
  • Dissemination of entrepreneurial culture and the culture of equality

Transnationally, they are currently working with Cornwall in B-NEW. This project, funded by INTERREG IVA, has as objectives:

  • Help women to start a business
  • Offer opportunities for export development
  • Create a cross-border network of women entrepreneurs
  • Develop the access to qualified jobs for women in the Channel area

Following this presentation, the Asturian School of Women Entrepreneurs was also presented. This initiative, from the Asturias government within the EQUAL programme, has been running for several years. It provides the project seeds, develops clustering and helps the consolidation of the businesses through promotion and infrastructures. The school also creates awareness for children and youngsters.

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