Empowering ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS & unleashing potential of UNEMPLOYED SENIORS

About the project

Unemployment is one of the biggest challenges that Europe is facing in the context of economic crisis in which we are submerged. One of the most affected groups of population suffering from unemployment is senior workers.

Most of mature unemployed are often not aware of the possibility of creating their own businesses by exploiting their many years of experience and acquired knowledge. To become entrepreneurs they need to acquire proper business skills and competences on entrepreneurial development.

MYBUSINESS is an Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnerships project funded by the European Commission, which aims to foster the labor market reintegration of senior unemployed by empowering education and training to create their own business and develop their entrepreneurial skills and spirit.

To this purpose, the project shall create and test a customised action programme tailored to unemployed seniors interested in becoming self-employed or entrepreneur, on the basis on their own identified needs and barriers, strengthening their entrepreneurial skills and competences while taking advantage of their experience and promoting self-confidence, contributing not only to the creation of new jobs, but also addressing wider social and economic challenges related to aging population.

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Objectives

  • Create a customized programme tailored to unemployed seniors interested in becoming self-employed or entrepreneurs.
  • On the basis of their own identified needs, strengthening their entrepreneurial skills and competences, while taking advantage of their experience and promoting self-confidence.
  • Study in-depth the situation and job prospects of senior unemployed in Europe.
  • Research and analyze their abilities and needs to promote business creation.
  • Promote entrepreneurship, self-employment and active ageing by helping senior people to remain economically and socially active.
  • Unleash senior entrepreneurial potential in Europe, by removing existing obstacles.
  • Offer the target group an opportunity of self-employment and self-achievement through lifelong learning.
  • Involve and commit relevant stakeholders in the project activities.
  • Disseminate project results at European level to promote its future application in other geographical areas.

Projects results

Transnational Report of identified barriers and needs for unemployed seniors to become self-employed or entrepreneurs.

Identifying patterns and common necessities at European level, and detecting geographical particularities on the partnership countries.

Senior Entrepreneur Action Programme (SEAP).

Adult education action programme that delivers training and mentoring for unemployed seniors to potentially become self-employed or entrepreneurs. SEAP is composed by the training programme itself, guidelines for trainers and mentors, as well as policy recommendations and case studies.

Dissemination Plan and Exploitation Strategy.

Includes the present Website, printed materials, networking activities and Media coverage.

Individual Analysis.

Analysis of the needs of the target group, as well as a first approach of motivational approach and policy recommendations, elaborated by each partner organization based on the results of regional investigations (state-of-the-art), reviewing of existing reports, statistics and databases and the information acquired thanks to the personal interviews and focus groups with unemployed seniors.

Partners

SMRDA South Muntenia Regional Development Agency
www.adrmuntenia.ro

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Cork Institute of Technology
www.cit.ie

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ACFI-FIAS Coordinated Association of Training and Integration
www.acfi.be

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DIMITRA Education & Consulting S.A.
www.dimitra.gr

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INFODEF Institute for the Promotion of Development and Training
www.infodef.es

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BEST Institut für berufsbezogene
Weiterbildung und Personaltraining GmbH

www.best.at

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News

Entrepreneurs aren’t quite what they seem

A new research about entrepreneurship has been carried out by Barclays and the University of Cambridge. The research (20015 June) casts fresh light on the make-up of a modern entrepreneur, dispelling the myth they are all confident, lone wolves with tunnel-vision to success.

Entrepreneurs have an important role in supporting economic growth and social progress. Yet they are often incorrectly viewed as one homogeneous group. The aforementioned research directly challenges that misperception with a much more varied picture of success. Indeed, some of the characteristics founded, such as introspection, actively counter society’s popular stereotypes.

Regarding senior Entrepreneurs, this research has founded the following:

  • The ‘freedom to make decisions’ is perceived as the main incentive for starting a business (70% citing this reason compared to just over half of those aged under 50).
  • Seniors exhibit the same propensity for risk, innovation, initiative, self-efficacy and autonomy as younger entrepreneurs, but they are more motivated by the prospect of personal success.
  • Seniors are more liberal, artistic and well-organised, and score above average for extraversion. This paints a picture of open, outgoing and conscientious leaders.

More information here.

Understanding the Entrepreneurial Learning and Support Needs of Older Unemployed

Published on: Wednesday, 08 July 2015

We know from EU statistics that older people are at risk of falling into long term unemployment; once unemployed, the risk of not finding a new job is higher for this cohort. The route of entrepreneurship or self-employment is highlighted by policy documents as an answer for unemployment for all age groups. Studies show that older people are generally more capable of starting and running businesses than their younger counterparts. However, to embark on an entrepreneurial path, older people often need to acquire skills and training. Due to their age and former education, they may not have actively engaged in prior entrepreneurial learning.

More information here.

Three benefits to starting a business after 50 that have nothing to do with money

At the age of 65, after leaving her corporate job as marketing consultant at Siemens, Margaret Manning have started two businesses “Sixty and Me” and “Boomerly”. She thinks that starting a business after 50 have massive benefits, most of them have nothing to do with money. Some of these benefits are:

  • Finding a sense of purpose after 50
    Starting a business in your 50s can be a great way to reconnect with your passions. You don’t need to spend your life savings or go out looking for venture capital money to get started.
  • Meeting people who share your interests
    Starting a business in your 50s is a great way to make friends with people who share your interests. This is especially true if you focus on building a business around one of your passions.
  • Keep your mind and your body healthy
    Starting a business after 50 forces you to stay engaged with the world. It gives you something positive to focus your attention on and tells the world that you are not ready to be invisible.

More information here.

CIT. Understanding the Entrepreneurial Learning and Support Needs of Older Unemployed

This article presents a brief summary of the main findings from a needs analysis of older unemployed in Ireland. The findings are drawn from interviews and focus groups with older unemployed and a focus group with representatives from enterprise support agencies and organisations, department of social protection, non-profit sector, banking sector and the national organization for the unemployed.  This research was carried out by Dr Breda Kenny, Isabel Rossiter and Ane Fano Dadebat at the Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence as part of the MYBUSINESS project. The project is financed by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Programme and is implemented by a consortium of six partners from Romania, Ireland, Belgium, Greece, Spain, and Austria.  The project began on 1st September 2014 and will run for 24 months until 30th August 2016.

More information here.

Senior Entrepreneur Action Programme Takes Shape in CIT

The Hincks centre in CIT hosted a number of European visitors last week with the aim of creating a customised programme tailored to unemployed seniors interested in becoming self-employed or entrepreneurs.

More information here.

The Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship

The Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship in Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) is a partner in European project called MYBUSINESS – “Empowering entrepreneurial skills and unleashing potential of older unemployed”.

The project is financed by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Programme and its main objective is to increase the managerial and entrepreneurial skills of older unemployed people.

More information here.

ECSB – European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship / Blog

This blog presents a brief summary of the main findings from a needs analysis of older unemployed in Ireland. The findings are drawn from interviews and focus groups with older unemployed and a focus group with representatives from enterprise support agencies and organisations, department of social protection, non-profit sector, banking sector and the national organization for the unemployed.

More information here.

Marek: Ältere Arbeitnehmer/innen unverzichtbares Potenzial für Arbeitsstandort Österreich

Staatssekretärin Christine Marek bei Konferenz “Productive Ageing – Neue Wege für die Arbeitswelt der Zukunft”

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Als “wesentliche Herausforderung für die Politik im Bereich Arbeit” bezeichnete Staatssekretärin Christine Marek den demografischen Alterungsprozess im Rahmen der gestrigen Konferenz in der Wirtschaftskammer Österreich zum Thema „Productive Ageing – Neue Wege für die Arbeitswelt der Zukunft”. Dieser Herausforderung gelte es rechtzeitig entgegen zu treten. “Es müssen alle Anstrengungen unternommen werden, den Verbleib älterer Arbeitnehmer/innen in Beschäftigung zu gewährleisten und weiter auszubauen”, so Marek.

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Dezember 2015: Viertes transnationale Meeting des europäischen Projekts “MYBUSINESS”

Das vierte transnationale Meeting des europäischen Projekts “MYBUSINESS – Stärkung von unternehmerischen Kompetenzen und die Förderung des entsprechenden Potenzials von älteren Arbeitslosen” fand am 17. und 18. Dezember im Kurszentrum Dörfelstraße in Wien, Österreich statt. An dem Meeting nahmen RepräsentantInnen der Partnerländer aus Belgien, Griechenland, Irland, Rumänien und Spanien teil.

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Seniorkom.at: Projekt MYBUSINESS der Wiener Schulungsinstitution BEST

Themenbereich “UnternehmerIn werden in
der Generation 50+”

Kurzbeschreibung
Das Projekt “Stärkung von unternehmerischen Kompetenzen und die Förderung des entsprechenden Potenzials von älteren Arbeitslosen – MYBUSINESS ” wird von der Europäischen Kommission im Rahmen des Erasmus+ Programms finanziert. Hauptziel ist eine Erweiterung von unternehmerischen und Management-Fähigkeiten älterer Arbeitsloser, eine Stärkung des Selbstvertrauens und die Vermittlung von Kenntnissen zur eigenen Unternehmensgründung.

www.seniorkom.at

ASEP – Austrian Senior Experts Pool seit 25 Jahren erfolgreich im Dienste der Wirtschaft

Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe

Wir Experten sehen uns als PartnerInnen auf Zeit von Klein- und Mittelständischen Unternehmen sowie Start-Ups und helfen bei der Entwicklung, Überprüfung und Umsetzung Ihrer Unternehmenskonzepte.

Praxiserfahrung hat Vorrang

Wir sind PraktikerInnen und unterstützen, coachen und beraten unsere AuftraggeberInnen (KMU’s, Start-Ups, NPO’s, Bildungs- und Verwaltungsinstitutionen) bei der Bewältigung ihrer unternehmerischen Aufgaben.

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Links

  • Erasmus+ Programme
  • Promotion of senior entrepreneurship by the European Commission
  • Aprender a Emprender
    Online platform for the promotion of entrepreneurship, that provides access to more than 300 business plan models with checked viability. Offers different training services such as analysis of training needs of the entrepreneurs, workshops for the promotion of entrepreneurship, as well as training capsules on motivation, creativity or technical knowledge.
  • SECOT (Senior Volunteer of Business Advisory)
    This non-profit association works through seniors, retirees or early retirees skilled workers who voluntarily offer their experience and expertise in enterprise management advice to help new entrepreneurs. It promotes education and training activities, prepares studies and publications related with entrepreneurship, volunteering, seniors and active aging issues.
  • Emprender para Conservar (Undertake to preserve)
    This program is run by the Foundation for environmental conservation “Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente”. Its main objective is to promote self-employment and entrepreneurship in rural areas. And at the same time preserving the rich biodiversity of these areas, fighting depopulation and unemployment. Thus, it contributes to economic fabric and conserve natural protected areas. Provides a methodology for the detection of sustainable business opportunities in rural areas, based on the identification of the most appropriate economic activities for the specific environment. Provides also specific training aimed at local agents that are going to work as counsellors for rural entrepreneurs.
  • ASEP – Austrian Senior Experts Pool
  • ECSB – European Council for Small Business & Entrepreneurship

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