The Digital Entrepreneurship for Women (DEW) project, funded by the European Union's Erasmus+ program, is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the final component of its program, the Policy Recommendations and Guidelines for Further Uptakes (Project Result 4). With this final step, the DEW project ends on November 01, 2023, marking a crucial milestone in the promotion of women's entrepreneurship in a post-pandemic world. The DEW project stands out for its ability to meet the challenges faced by women aspiring to create and develop their own businesses. DEW is aimed at all women entrepreneurs, whatever their sector of activity. It offers educational resources, training and policy recommendations to support women seeking to set up their own businesses. The DEW project is closely aligned with the key priorities of the Erasmus+ program, including inclusion and diversity in education and training, digital transformation, adapting vocational training to the needs of the labor market and increasing the flexibility of vocational training opportunities. Accordingly, the objectives of the DEW project encompass the following elements: Inclusion: DEW tackles the problem of social and economic exclusion of women, particularly those from marginalized backgrounds who have no access to resources to acquire or strengthen their entrepreneurial skills. DEW's Open Educational Resources (OER) are designed to be accessible and significantly enhance opportunities for women entrepreneurs, while strengthening project partners, as well as local, national and European entrepreneurship support and vocational training providers. Digital: DEW is rooted in supporting digital entrepreneurship, offering opportunities to increase digital skills. DEW resources will be a strong asset for female users and will also contribute to policy by applying a gender perspective to the ENTRECOMP framework. Adaptability and Flexibility: DEW will provide a flexible and adaptable platform for the development of entrepreneurial skills, whatever the sector or nature of the business. Contribution to Policy: DEW brings a gender perspective to the issue of entrepreneurship and the obstacles faced by women entrepreneurs. The project creates a pan-European Community of Practice on the issue and consolidates learning and results in a format that can enrich and strengthen new policy initiatives in the field of women's entrepreneurship. The DEW project is firmly positioned as an operational solution to the challenges facing existing and potential female entrepreneurs in a post-pandemic world. By raising the priorities of the Erasmus+ program and implementing its objectives, DEW has not only strengthened opportunities for women entrepreneurs in various sectors, but has also opened up new avenues for the promotion of female entrepreneurship in Europe. The DEW project celebrated its closing with a final transnational meeting in Malaga, where the Spanish partner, IWS, warmly welcomed all partners. The meeting was an opportunity to share achievements, experiences and prospects for the future of women's entrepreneurship in Europe. To find out more about the achievements of the DEW project and access the final documents, please visit the DEW Website or contact one of the partners in your country.Read more!
On May 23rd, the Consortium took part in the 4th Transnational Project Meeting of the DEW project, held in Pescara (IT) and hosted by the Italian partner IDP European Consultants. The meeting represented a chance to discuss about the results achieved so far and the next steps to be taken
DEW - Digital Entrepreneurship for Women - is an Erasmus+ project co-financed by the European Commission which gathers seven organisations from five countries (BE, ES, FR, IR, IT). The Consortium has just launched the T&V validation of the DEW Training Toolbox that embeds training content together with accompanying resources such as operational cases, guidelines, good practices and glossary for enhanced contribution to the field of female entrepreneurship.
The Toolbox is available in 4 languages at this https://www.dewproject.eu/training.php?lang=EN
By applying a gender lens to the ENTRECOMP Framework of the European Commission the DEW partners have spotted relevant learning outcomes and topics to increase female entrepreneurs’ digital competencies. Based on the results of their primary and secondary research, partners have developed training solutions to support female entrepreneurs in facing the current challenges of the market through upskilling pathways.
In the following months, partners will meet at least 100 learners from the target group across Europe to test the training material embedded in the DEW OER Platform and collect feedback about usability, relevance to their needs and delivery means. If necessary, the content will be finetuned so to integrate targets’ inputs.
The DEW OER Platform is an accessible resource and greatly enhance opportunities for new and existing female entrepreneurs but also enhances the suite of supports available to the project partners, and by extension, other enterprise support and VET providers locally, nationally and on the European stage.
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On December 12th, the consortium took part in the 3rd Transnational Project Meeting of the DEW project, held in Brussels (BE) and hosted by the Belgium partner IHF asbl.
DEW - Digital Entrepreneurship for Women - is an Erasmus+ project co-financed by the European Commission which gathers seven organisations from five countries (BE, ES, FR, IR, IT). The project aims to develop operational solutions to the challenges faced by potential and existing female entrepreneurs in a post-pandemic world.
During the meeting, partners discussed the overall state of play of the project; in particular, they focused on the development of the training material that will support the target group through a digital up-skilling pathway. On the basis of the results of the primary and secondary research, partners are targeting women needs through innovative training solutions that will be soon available online on the DEW platform. The DEW Toolbox will cover the following topics:
• Digital skills
• Managing Digital Team
• Change management
• Business Literacy
• Financial Literacy
• Teacher Guidance and Adult Learner review The meeting represented an opportunity to peer-review the material developed so far and assess the progresses of project’s implementation. Partners had also the opportunity to discuss the main issues of the projects’ horizontal activities such as Quality Assurance and Dissemination. Thanks to the presence of partners with a high level of experience and multiplication potential, the project will benefit from increased visibility and impact at local, national and European level. Next steps? The Consortium will finalize the DEW Toolbox collecting training modules, best practices and case studies. The material will be tested and validated with the target group and will then widely spread among stakeholders, VET providers, and potential/existing female entrepreneurs. For more information on DEW
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The DEW official website represents a repository of the project’s outputs, results, news and contacts, and will be the OER platform for target groups to access DEW resources and training materials.
DEW is a Project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission that aims to create an operational solution to the challenges faced by existing and potential female entrepreneurs in a post-pandemic world. DEW aligns itself with key Erasmus+ priorities including: • Inclusion and diversity in education and training
• Digital transformation
• Adapting VET 2 labour market and female entrepreneurship needs
• Increase flexibility of opportunities in VET The DEW project aims to improve transparency and accountability of the participation of women’s’ entrepreneurs in enterprise by illustrating how women’s’ entrepreneurship is planned and coordinated across government and society, and by demonstrating the various innovative ways in which women’s’ entrepreneurship needs are being met or not met for gender equality. The project officially kick-started on November 2021, with the first online transnational meeting during which partners had a great opportunity to discuss the overall project implementation schedule, define timelines and respective duties in the following months. One of the very first activities was the development, testing and implementation of the Open Educational Resources (OER) Platform. DEW Platform is the main showcase of project’s results and its largest and most tangible channel for international visibility, and is available in 4 languages (EN, ES, IT, FR) with all of its content completely available for free, without requiring any kind of registration/identification by the user. DEW website is now online at https://www.dewproject.eu/. For the next two years, the Platform will host and integrate all the main achievements of the consortium; each section of the DEW Platform is a stand-alone library of its corresponding output. The “DEW Training Toolbox” embeds the training content together with accompanying resources such as operational cases, guidelines, good practices and glossary for enhanced contribution to the field of female entrepreneurship. This project result responds to the needs identified in the proposal, encompassing the need to bridge the gap between the entrepreneurial potential of women and the effective capacities and possibilities they have. As corroborated by the analysis of the state of the art, there is the need to provide operational and user-friendly training resources to advance the opportunities for women who have an entrepreneurial potential but are hesitant or don’t consider entrepreneurship as a viable career path. In addition, the "Associates" section will be relevant to the widespread impact of the project, as organisations interested in the project will be able to join the DEW community and become associated partners. For further information about DEW project, explore the website: https://www.dewproject.eu/
On June 23rd, consortium took part in the 2ndTransnational Project Meeting of the DEW project, held in Pescara (IT) and hosted by the Italian partner IDP European Consultants. DEW - Digital Entrepreneurship for Women - is an Erasmus+ project co-financed by the European Commission which gathers seven organisations from five countries (BE, ES, FR, IR, IT). The project aims to develop operational solutions to the challenges faced by potential and existing female entrepreneurs in a post-pandemic world. During the meeting, partners discussed about the results of the primary and secondary research carried out so far which will be soon available online on the DEW Platform. The feedbacks of the survey developed by the Consortium, have confirmed that women consider digital skills as one of the most challenging obstacle to digital transformation. On the other hand, Self-awareness, Motivation, Planning & management and Financial Literacy have been identified as the four most important skills that female entrepreneurs should have in a post-Covid world. Starting from the data of the skills gap assessment, partners discussed about the topics and contents of the DEW training course and defined its structure; furthermore, they examined the general implementation of the project’s horizontal activities, underling the progresses and defining future strategies. Next steps? The Consortium will create an innovative up-skilling pathway, which will support women in the development of the digital skills needed to start an entrepreneurial career or boost an existing business. For more information on DEW Website: https://www.dewproject.eu/ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DEW-Project-106768855234561Read more!
On November 10th 2021, consortium joined the online Kick-Off Meeting of the DEW project, co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission, which brings together seven organisations from five European countries (Ireland, Belgium, Italy, Spain and France). The KOM, originally planned in Brussels, Belgium, was held in online mode due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The context for DEW is based on a number of trends - according to official reports of the EU Commission, only 30% of start-up entrepreneurs are female, despite woman making up 52% of the population. In addition, gender stereotypes and male-dominated models and networks continue to prevail to the detriment of women. Finally, Covid-19 has seen a disproportionate impact on women with increased caring responsibilities and a concerning rise in the incidences of domestic violence.
However, the DEW Project explores entrepreneurial opportunity and aims to unlock the potential of female digital entrepreneurs by providing innovative, evidence-based and practical digital entrepreneurship knowledge and tools to empower self-employability and entrepreneurship for women in Europe.
The DEW Project tackles various EU priorities, as well as exploring the impact of Covid-19 on female entrepreneurs:
- the promotion of female entrepreneurship
- the digitalisation of the European population (with specific regard to female entrepreneurs)
- enhancing and boosting the entrepreneurial spirits across the EU During the meeting, the consortium discussed the overall project implementation schedule, defining timelines and respective duties in the following months. The DEW official website will represent a repository of the project’s outputs, results, news and contacts. A mapping activity will follow in order to identify the main trends, issues, best practices and policy support systems in the countries represented in the Consortium. For further information on DEW Project: