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Transnational Project’s Meeting In Patras

Meetings play a key role in how the Erasmus+ project partners schedule, organise and implement their work at hand. Transnational (in person) meetings are scheduled to help partners cooperate in the best way possible, to share ideas and strategies but most importantly to get all together in the same place and acquire the familiarisation needed to get the job done. The COVID-19 pandemic has a great effect on this key aspect because it has obliged us all to work remotely and has forced in person meetings to be held online which isn’t always the easiest way to work together especially when people meet for the first time.

The short introduction that preceded was to emphasise how important these meetings are and how happy the Female Entrepreneur Project’s partners are to have finally met in person during the 2nd Transnational Project Meeting (blended) in Patras, Greece on the 9th – 10th September 2021. Representatives of most of the partners’ organisations attended the meeting and those that could not be physically present attended the meeting via online platform.

The 2nd Transnational Project Meeting of “Female Entrepreneur” was deemed by all participants as successful and fruitful! The project’s management was discussed in terms of what it has been accomplished so far and what is to be done further on. Ideas and strategies were shared abundantly on how the project can be more efficient towards empowering women entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs in the Cultural and Creative Industries Sector. New deadlines and tasks were set accordingly to that. We are all more than welcome to visit the project’s news regularly for all latest info.!

Female Entrepreneur Project’s Current Outputs in Sync with EU’s Cultural Work Plan

EU's cultural policy is based on the strategic framework delineated by the Commission and its Council, that „In the 2019-2022 Work Plan for Culture,...has selected gender equality as one of the five main priorities where there is a need for joint action. In order to raise awareness at political, administrative and practical levels within the cultural and creative sectors on the topic of gender equality, there is a need for comprehensive data and an exchange of good practices.“, as the EENCA report informs us all.

Female Entrepreneur: Reimagine your Professional-self through Culture" project addresses the gender equality issue and is set on all women, (but not exclusively, all are more than welcome to join) who want to start their businesses or professional careers within the Creative and Cultural Industries sectors, but have limited resources (for whatever reason).

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The project’s first Output, a Cultural Entrepreneurship Map of Europe, is in perfect synchronization with the EU’s culture and creativity policy and aspirations as to how to support the sectors’ professionals and artists. It contains case studies, good practices, inspirational examples and useful tools and platforms that one can just browse through or find useful information about possible market or networking opportunities or/and inspiration, in a creative entrepreneurial journey!

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To further support women, the project's second soon-to be-available Output, is a self-assessement tool oriented towards presenting specific entrepreneurial competences regarding the CCSs, elaborated in the basis of the European Entrepreneurship Competence Framework. This ICT tool will provide an up-to-date list of the competences required in order to be well-equipped and thus successful in one's bussiness goals and going further and beyond, it will give the opportunity to all users, to assess their level of proficiency in each competence and further plan formation or enhancement!

In the future, the project will offer further outputs than those already reported, so those of you who are interested or curious or know people who might be interested and/or benefit from such news, you are kindly invited to visit the project's news, regularly.

Europe's Cultural & Creative Sectors and Female Entrepreuneurship

On May 26, 2021 the European Commission launched the Creative Europe 2021- 2027 programme which comprises the brand new actions to support Europe's cultural & creative industries sector with an unprecedented budget of approx. €300 million, 63% over the previous one, to be allocated to professionals and artists of all CC sectors in order to initiate collaborations beyond discilpines and borders and, by all means, to approach new audiences.

The programme's parallel goal is to boost the sectors' competitiveness and also awareness in becoming greener, more inclusive and more digital. It comes, on one hand, to comfort the devasting effect the COVID-19 pandemic has had, especially, on these industries and, on the other hand, due to their significance as economic wealth generators (they show above-average-growth and create jobs) and as strong social cohesion factors (they indicate a shared sense of European identity, culture and values).

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An enlightening new report, published about 2 months ago, by the OMC Working Group of Member State's experts states that the CCS present a high level of entrepreuneurship and 44.3% of all women working in them are entrepreneurs (self-employed), which basically means that an improved business environment for female CC entrepreuneurs is key factor to their growth. Further enhancing that, a recent business news report adds to the narrative of female entrepreuneurship's importance in all sectors including the CC one, by commenting that „women-led businesses tend to be more productive, faster-growing and innovative. Empowering women’s participation in the labour market and encouraging entrepreneurship could thus add billions to the economy. According to the European Commission, improvements to gender equality could create 10.5 million jobs by 2050 and boost the EU economy by between 1.95 and 3.15 trillion euros”.

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So what is the way forward? Far and beyond the overall structural challenges and empediments for CC entreprises, women entering the sector face situations similar to female entrepreuneurs in other economic environments, such as gender stereotypes and attitudes, balancing work and care work, lack of access to funding, resources and specific business skills. One such apparent approach forward is the one stimulating education, mentoring, and networking.

Women that have entered or aspire to enter the CC Enterprises and are looking for resources and new learning and professional paths can get involved and join a community that will empower them deviate from the established professional role models and help them excell. All parties interested may browse through the project's female entrepreneur website and find out all it can offer, going from self- assessment tools to an online course that will help improve those skills and competences identified that need improving!!