BADGE: Business Advice and Guidance Training for Women Entrepreneurs
BADGE is designed for female start-up entrepreneurs who are often doubly disadvantaged: both because of their gender and their background.
Grant Agreement Number: 2013-1-PL1-LEO05-37593
Funded by: Leonardo Da Vinci Duration: 11/2013 – 10/2015
In the current economic crisis there is an urgent need to focus on the economic case for gender equality and on how changes in the labour market could provide better economic opportunities for women in a traditionally under-represented field – self-employment. Furthermore, at times of high unemployment, women-owned businesses make a key contribution to household incomes and economic growth. However, female entrepreneurs represent only a third of the self-employed in the EU, making women entrepreneurial potential an under-exploited source of economic growth and jobs, which should be further developed.
The overall aim of BADGE is to empower entrepreneurial women facing double disadvantage to start up their own business by development of soft skills, supporting self-efficacy, helping to regain confidence and motivation for work. Additionally it aims to equip VET trainers who work with this group with innovative and engaging support methodologies.