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Sectors: Employment, Gender equality, Innovation, SME Policy, Social Affairs

Beneficiaries: Administrations States, Agencies Chambers, Corporations, Federations Unions, International Organisation, Local and Regional authorities, Non-profit organisations, Research centres, SMEs, Universities

Regions: Candidate countries, European Economic Area, European Union

Category: Call for proposals

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WE funding – COSME – Enhance…
Funds for: enhancing women entrepreneurship in Europe
Main beneficiaries: profit-making or non-for-profit legal entities, public or private bodies

Responsible: European Commission

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Funds for: enhancing women entrepreneurship in Europe
Main beneficiaries: profit-making or non-for-profit legal entities, public or private bodies

Priorities and funded actions:

Objectives
* To enhance women entrepreneurship in Europe by:
– Facilitating networking and sharing good practices between actors such as intermediary stakeholders, in order to improve the support effectively delivered to women entrepreneurs and to motivate more women to start their own business or to support the development of their business across Europe;
– Entrusting stakeholders themselves with the management, update and promotion of the WEgate e-platform

Priorities
* To develop a “European women entrepreneurship community of practice” (“the Community”), which will complement and build on past, current and already planned initiatives in this area;
* To engage more stakeholders actively supporting women entrepreneurs – rather than women entrepreneurs themselves – with an emphasis on face-to-face exchanges and networking, in complement to online connexions

Among financed actions
* Organisation of meetings/events;
* Organisation of “Peer learning workshops”;
* Communication activities, consisting of a comprehensive strategy and outreach activities targeting relevant stakeholders and women entrepreneurs;
* Community building activities for women entrepreneurship;
* Project management activities required for coordination with EASME;
* The management and continuation of the WEgate e-platform to be used as the common online tool, in particular to help participants in the ”Community” to get together and to disseminate information on relevant initiatives launched at EU and national levels

Additional information
* This call for proposals is an open call for proposals 

* Initial duration of the action: 36 months

* Eligibility:
– Applicants can be either legal entities or natural persons;
– Legal entities may include both profit-making or non-for-profit legal entities as well as fully or partly public or private bodies. In the case of private bodies, they must be properly constituted and registered under national law;
– Be: public and private entities responsible for or active in the fields of enterprise, business support and related issues; chambers of commerce and industry, chambers of (handi)crafts or similar bodies; business support organisations; business associations and business support networks; public and private entities providing business support services; public and private entities providing support services related to women entrepreneurship; international organisations; universities or educational institutions; research centres; profit making entities

– Applicants can be only entities forming a consortium;
– The consortium must gather a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 4 consortium members (partners) being different legal entities and covering at least 2 eligible countries;
– The consortium must be composed of at least: 
> a not-for-profit entity active in the area of entrepreneurship and established as a legal entity since at least three years; this entity will act as the coordinator of the consortium;
> partner providing the academic knowledge necessary for the implementation of the activities described in this call for proposals