The Entrepreneurship Without Borders (EntryWay) project supports third-country nationals that are willing to start their own businesses and legally reside in seven provinces of five European countries, including Greece.
Through the provision of tailored entrepreneurship training and the support of trainers, business counsellors and mentors, the project helps participants expand their entrepreneurial skills and develop their business ideas. The project particularly encourages women and young people to apply.
Issue/challenge and goal/assumption
Migrant entrepreneurs that seek to start their own business in Greece face a variety of obstacles, including a lack of financial resources, restrictive immigration and visa policies and complex bureaucratic procedures.
The EntryWay project aims to facilitate migrants’ economic inclusion by supporting their business ideas in Thessaloniki, the second biggest city in Greece. It is implemented by a consortium of six partner organisations from five European countries that are committed to sharing and upgrading their approaches, tools and services to support migrant entrepreneurship.
How does it work
The activities of the project include:
- Dissemination of the project to local authorities, associations, NGOs, national organisations, associated ministries, the press, migrant forums and communities.
- Identification of potential migrant entrepreneurs and the selection of participants.
- The delivery of entrepreneurship training, technical assistance and the development of business plans.
- Individual assistance in business planning and start-up procedures.
- Submission of the business plans by the migrant entrepreneurs, evaluations and on-the-job mentoring schemes provided by experienced entrepreneurs or business consultants.
- Almost 85 migrants participated in the business training offered by Entryway.
- Women represented 25% of the participants (15% less than the 35% envisaged in the original proposal).
- 45% of the participants included young people under 35 years old (15% less than planned in the project proposal).
Who will benefit?
The beneficiaries of the project in Greece are third-country nationals that legally reside in Thessaloniki. The definition of a business idea and a sufficient level of knowledge of Greek and/or English are pre-requisites for enrolling in the project.
Source of funding and Resources used
- The project is co-funded by the European Union through the Directorate-General for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW).
- The Entryway project team consists of KEPA's executives who implement this initiative in Greece.
- The total budget is 536.515,00€.
- Four staff members were hired to support the execution of the project.
- The Business & Cultural Development Centre (KEPA) is the organisation implementing the “Entryway” project in Greece
- Mr. Neoklis Stamkos
- Project Manager