BEST COOPERATION PROJECT 2018 FINALIST
Years of implementation: 2016-2018
PURPOSE AND MAIN ACTIVITIES
The Smart Women project aim was to design, disseminate and deliver a training programme specialising in entrepreneurship and e-commerce targeting females. The course aimed at increasing the knowledge and competences of female entrepreneurs who are still starting up in electronic commerce and business and to improve the employment prospects or business opportunities for the participants.
Complementary to this, the implementation of the project also focused upon the development of a virtual learning environment which facilitates future participation as well as enables accessibility for participants across Europe with different needs.
The objectives of the project are to target inactive female’s individuals who would like to:
- Increase their knowledge on the importance of e-commerce in today’s competitive environment;
- Have an opportunity to access a range of resources and tools specially made for women entrepreneurs who would like to start a business
Participants are now in a better position to understand the importance of the internet in entrepreneurship in particularly ecommerce which will open the possibility to social integration in the EU. This will help them to overcome barriers in acquisition of digital competences and have a strong opinion that their business plan or idea can be implemented. This would be achieved by sharing of resources and by means of debates on key topics.
Following the closure of the project, all partners will proceed with the delivery of the course because of the virtual learning environment that will be developed through this project. This will ensure that the opportunity created because of this project will be maintained following its closure. Running a course virtually will require less operational costs to sustain. Since all materials are available on the website, it’s accessible for all.
SUCCESS FACTORS AND LEARNING
All project partners are members of the ALL DIGITAL network, and most of the partners have already worked before on different projects. This helped with the smooth running of the project and thus reaching all deliverables of the project. One fundamental aspect learnt from the smart women project is that having good and reliable partners is crucial to have a successful project.
The project boosted entrepreneurial training skills for participating organisations in education by means of resources in line with National Job Plans, particularly as a tool for second chance education for those not engaged in education, employment or training. This will also go beyond the project’s timeline of two years as participating organisations will be able to keep offering the training after the project ends.
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