Coordinator: BIC of Epirus
The region of Epirus is characterised
mainly by micro-enterprises involved in traditional
sectors. In addition, there is a serious shortage of
skilful people like middle level executives or newly
trained personnel that would take advantage of the new
business opportunities. Also a lot of youngsters leave
the region to live in other metropolitan centres. However,
a new set of infrastructures has been developed that
shows that the intellectual capacity of the region is
regaining ground. Infrastructures like the University
of Epirus, the new Hospital of Ioannina, the Technology
Park and a number of other new bodies provide some fresh
air and show signs of change. All these bodies are based
close to the new transport routes.
The new economic conditions and opportunities
should be lead by people who are aware of new challenges.
In that way, innovative and flexible training schemes
should be developed in order to provide knowledge on
the new developments. In addition, the training activities
should take into account the results of the study and
cluster activities of action 7.1, in order to be able
to support the “breeding” of new entrepreneurs.
The sub actions that will be performed are the following:
Sub action 2.1.
To analyse and document the training needs of the
new entrepreneurs or entrepreneurial activities and
which are missing from the training activities (mainly
for unemployed), which are included at the ROP. The
main topics which will be analysed is innovative training
- Elaboration of business plans
- Factors affecting the viability of an enterprise
- Good practice in performing in global markets
- Marketing and selling technology
- Applying innovative management techniques
- Searching for funds for new ideas
- Cluster analysis and networking
- Intra and inter-regional collaboration
- Best exploitation of the ROP by local SMEs and
- Training manuals
The work of the analysis will focus
mainly on the economic areas analysed in action 7.1
i.e. transport networks tourism and ICT.
Sub action 2.2.
Based on the results of the previous sub action a pilot
training action will be developed. This will combine
the knowledge obtained and that available.
Three training sessions including subjects from sub
action 7.2.1 will be developed in three main directions:
- Innovative entrepreneurship through new Technologies
- Innovative entrepreneurship through internationalisation
- Innovative entrepreneurship through Proven Expertise.(INPE)
In total 120 businessmen (or potential
ones) will be trained in a total of 6 alternative training
sessions (2 for each subject and in various main cities
The participants will be trained; firstly,
on business opportunities created through the use of
new technologies in the sectors under analysis; secondly,
on the entrepreneurial challenges that internationalisation
provides; and thirdly, how to apply innovative management
techniques through examples from experienced executives
from successful large and small companies from Greece
0 Objective 1 areas: x
0 Objective 2 areas:
0 Areas outside Obj. 1 and 2:
- New entrepreneurs
- Successful entrepreneurs (for diversification of business)
- Extrovert and export oriented firms.
- Firms in services, the new economy and the areas under
analysis in 7.1
Indicative project selection criteria:
- New entrepreneurs
- New firms
- Services sector
- Export oriented actors
- Creation of new activities and employment generation.
Results expected (specify the choice of indicator
depending on the type of action):
- Training of 120 of existing or potential entrepreneurs.
- Mobilisation of existing entrepreneurs into new activities.
- Awareness and understanding of new entrepreneurs of
the new economy in the regions and the new infrastructures.
Cost of the action: € 200,000
ERDF contribution: € 160,000
Private sector contribution: 0
Public sector contribution: € 40,000