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First business incubator for women entrepreneurs in Croatia

During the project  “Women Entrepreneurship – A Job Creation Engine for South Eastern Europe” the promotion of best policy practices in women’s entrepreneurship were implemented in the nine SEECEL women entrepreneurship (WE) Member States (in line with the Small Business Act for Europe and with the capacity building of national and regional women entrepreneur networks and associations).

An interesting example has now come from Croatia: the first business incubator for women entrepreneurs will start in Split, with strong support from the County Chamber Split (regional branch office of Croatian Chamber of Economy).  The scope of the WE incubator is composed of two main lines of actions, one focused on WE start-ups, and second one to establish strong support through WE mentors whose expertise will present a great asset both for start-ups and for women entrepreneurs in general.

The County Chamber Split will be hosting women enterprises in their premises for a period of 3 years (incubation period), providing four offices, logistical support, mentoring and consultation. The conditions for participating in the incubator are that the start-ups have been launched with this year (or just plain to start), that women have 51% ownership and that the enterprises are in established and work in the Split-Dalmatia County.

The County Chamber will provide the following resources free of charge: broad band internet, a conference room, and Internet promotion via the County Chamber web page. Regarding the cost of renting the offices space, it is free for the first year, 50% of the cost for the second year and 100% of the cost for the third year.  Consultation and mentoring will be provided by the County Chamber and by the Business Association KRUG (Split Branch).

SEECEL will follow the development of this good practice and continually disseminate its results and developments.
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