International training EntrepreNEETs was held in Sofia
In the period 7-11 September 2023, Sofia hosted the international entrepreneurship training program "EntrepreNEETs," aimed at young women (aged 18-29) with the goal of promoting female entrepreneurship in Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, and Slovakia. Each country selected five participants, who over the course of three working days, discussed the challenges facing women entrepreneurs and worked on innovative ideas based on social and community needs.
"EntrepreNEETs" is a strategic youth partnership co-financed by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union, designed to build entrepreneurial skills in the areas of social entrepreneurship, intercultural communication, project management, and ICT (Information and Communication Technologies).

The project aims at combatting the following two aspects: the overrepresentation of women in the NEET category and their underrepresentation as entrepreneurs. The main strategy that is going to be implemented to accomplish this goal is to provide youth workers with tools based on non-formal education (NFE). Thus, the project will be the exchange of good practices, aimed at producing a toolkit that can be used across the EU in fostering entrepreneurship. It will do so by employing Entrepreneurship as a Competence framework (EntreComp), working on the 3 competencies it defines: ‘’ideas and opportunities’’, ‘’resources’’ and ‘’into action’’. The following EntreComp goals are in the scope of the project: ‘’I want to mobilize’’ and ‘’I want to create value’’. They will be accomplished by inspiring young female NEETs to pursue a career in the entrepreneurial world.

The host of the event was the Bulgarian Sports Development Association, a partner in the EntrepreNEETs project, and the training involved future entrepreneurs from Bulgarian towns Chepelare, Montana, and Sofia.