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IFEMPOWER – Empowering Future Women Entrepreneurs across Europe


IFEMPOWER - Empowering Future Women Entrepreneurs across Europe


“iFEMPOWER – Interactive and mentorship based FEMale emPOWERment in the field of entrepreneurship” is a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, with 9 partners from 7 European countries (re. no. 2018-1-HU01-KA203-047766)”

During its three years of implementation (01/09/2018-31/08/2021), ifempower aimed to empower young female students to become potential entrepreneurs by providing the necessary knowledge and skills (both soft and hard) to start their successful businesses. To reach this goal, the project developed innovative tools, educational & training methods and a mentoring system with the collaboration of 9 partners – mostly universities and consultancies.

Based on our preparatory research investigating the role of women in European SMEs (Study on Women Entrepreneurs in Europe), as well as gaps, obstacles and market needs, the project elaborated an International Curriculum for Higher Education in 5 languages for university students on entrepreneurship-related topics to support their engagement in self-employment. The accredited modules were launched and piloted at partner universities in Austria, Hungary, Iceland, Romania and Spain, and backed by our International Teaching Material for the participating teachers. More than 100 students have enrolled in the courses developed by ifempower to immerse in the world of female entrepreneurship.

In addition, the project applied an innovative and participatory approach by providing a Mentorship Scheme for interested students, connecting them to entrepreneurs. For those interested women who prefer to have a self-paced education, Ifempower also organised personal consultancy and developed a free Online Educational Toolkit in 7 languages, including mentors motivational videos. All mentioned outputs are available asOpen Education Resources (OER).

Finally, the project resultsincluding policy recommendations expected to reach policymakers to fulfil the objective of making concrete progress in civil society regarding female entrepreneurship are collected in the Final ifempower Study.


ABOUT THE PROJECT:https://ifempower.eu/

MAIN OUTPUTS: https://ifempower.eu/intellectual-outputs/

Online Education Platform: https://ifempower.eu/online-education-platform/


Project partners: 

HÉTFA Research Institute (HU) | Coordinator / https://hetfa.eu/ 

Andalucía Emprende Foundation (ES) / https://www.andaluciaemprende.es/

Bifröst University (IS) / https://www.bifrost.is/english/ 

Corvinus University of Budapest (HU) / https://www.uni-corvinus.hu/?lang=en 

ONECO Consulting (ES) / https://oneco.org/ 

Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania (RO) / http://www.sapientia.ro/en

Sigmund Freud University (AT) / https://www.sfu.ac.at/en/

Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (PT) / https://spi.pt/en.index 

Steinbeis GmbH (DE) / https://stz-ost-west.de/