We are changing perspectives! The programme provided the much-needed entrepreneurial education for 400 participants from the six counties of the North-West Region and 40,000 euro financing for 48 startups following a pitching session. The people selected for funding have benefited from mentoring in finance, HR, marketing and management, so that the companies have the maximum chances of being sustainable and prosperous. Prior to the selection, 400 people benefited from entrepreneurial training and 171 business plans were registered in the contest.
These 48 companies in the IT and creative industries were established during 2019 and are now fully operational. But this program wanted to be much more than that: a starting point on the path of entrepreneurship and people who only participated in the course, a network of support and inspiration for all those enrolled. Because that’s how we change perspectives – having a broader perspective than a start-up capital for a business: a people-centred approach, skills and a long-term professional network.
“The CRITBIZ program gave us the chance to work in a transparent, easily accessible approach with first-time entrepreneurs to give them the chance to create viable, innovative businesses in the fields of creative industries and IT. It was a great fulfilment for our team to take our entrepreneurial work started in 2015 with Kreatív Kolozsvár to the next level – again, in a strong partnership with organizations that complemented our knowledge and work. Thus, by the end of a three-year long process 48 new businesses were established and funded through the project, and we are very proud of them!” – Balázsi-Pál Ágnes – executive director
- 48 functioning small businesses (24 IT, 24 industrii creative)
- 8,552,345 RON minimis aid (?)
- 155 jobs created
- 2016 mentoring hours