CTRL+ALT+ENTERPRISE, European Projects

CTRL+ALT+ENTERPRISE KICK-OFF MEETING

1-2 December 2015

Council Chamber of the Province of Pordenone

On the 1st and 2nd of December 2015, in Pordenone the project “Ctrl + Alt + Enterprise – Self-employment for social inclusion of vulnerable people” (co-financed by the European Union on the Erasmus + Programme) was launched , with Azienda Sanitaria No. 5 as lead partner, and a partnership composed by the Municipality of Pordenone as Ambito Urbano 6.5, Cooperative ITACA (Italy), MAG Mutual Society for Self-Management – Verona, SOFORM Scarl (Italy), Regionalni agrarni komora Jihomoravského kraje (Czech Rep.), EPRALIMA_Escola Profissional do Alto Lima CIPRL (Portugal), SKUP – skupnost privatnih zavodov (Slovenia), Anaptiksiaki Anonymi Eteria OTA Anatolikis Thessalonikis (Greece).

The general objective of the project is to contribute to the improvement and modernization of policies, strategies and measures related to the training and social-working inclusion of disadvantaged people. Furthermore, it intends to promote the networking of institutional, professional and territorial resources. Project activities will be based on two main axes: the first, to develop coordination actions and methodological improvement of the interventions for the design and implementation of training and support for the self-employment of disadvantaged people; the second, to broaden the supply of accompanying tools and facilitating access to credit for the launch of self-employment projects.

Beneficiaries. The “Ctrl + Alt + EnterPrise” project is aimed primarily at disadvantaged people in the territorial services of the countries involved (about 2,000 people), operators (about 200) of territorial services including Vet – Vocational and Educational Training, social cooperation, social services, health and employment. The representatives and operators of the trade unions and the institutions of development of the system of enterprises, crafts, industry, trade and cooperation, as well as managers and managers of the territorial system of services, politicians and decision-makers of local authorities.

Activities. Among the many planned activities, the project “Ctrl + Alt + EnterPrise” will deal with the analysis of existing practices and the preparation of methodologies for the analysis and evaluation of motivations, attitudes and skills necessary for the starting up of an enterprise, but also for defining tools and procedures to understand the training needs related to the entrepreneurial activity to be started. In addition, particular attention will be paid to the preparation of a model for the elaboration of individualized plans for professional training aimed at starting up a business.

Methodology. The “Ctrl + Alt + EnterPrise” project includes comparative analysis, shared processing and empirical experimentation of models, tools, methodologies and procedures for the design and support of training courses and support for self-entrepreneurship.

Long-term benefits and expected impact. Among the expected long-term benefits, there is the enhancement of opportunities for socio-employment inclusion of disadvantaged people and, at the same time, improvement of the quality and effectiveness of training and support courses aimed at the self-employment. In addition, a long-term systemic impact is expected in terms of improved networking between training, inclusion and work services in order to significantly increase the effectiveness and efficiency of all the services involved in the training and employment of disadvantaged people.

The Azienda Sanitaria No. 5 organized a participatory meeting open to the public in the Council Chamber of the Province, to reflect on microfinance, enterprise and social inclusion. The kick-off meeting started at 9.00 am with the welcome of the authorities.

Carlo Francescutti, representative of Azienda Sanitaria n. 5, opened the meeting by contextualizing the project Enterprise in the current international economic situation and the ongoing process for the establishment of a “Participatory Foundation” through local social Microcredit.

In this sense, the project is an essential resource for modeling the future action of the Foundation on the development of micro enterprise and self-employment.

Institutional greetings were then followed by the speech given by Flaviano Zandonai at 9.30 am – researcher at Euricse and secretary of Iris Network, the Italian network of social enterprise research institutes – on “The generative processes of community enterprises”; at 10 am there was the intervention of Giampietro Pizzo – president of Ritmi – Italian Microfinance Network – on the “Microfinance as a tool for self-employment and job placement”; at 10.45 am there was the turn of Maria Teresa Giacomazzi – president of Mag Servizi Verona – who spoke about “Social and local businesses for an inclusive community and good living”.

Flaviano Zandonai – In his speech, he addressed the issue of social resilience, as a way to deal with the impact of change in a proactive perspective.

Therefore a “transition” occurs from the insights of “active minorities” to real enterprise organizations, acting for the community and valuing resources of the community itself: in these cooperative communities, the members are often prosumers: they are members and at the same time consumers of goods and services that the cooperative delivers.

The model of resilience, associated to the cooperatives, gives to this sector a not cyclical characteristic: the data in fact confirm the growth of cooperation that proceeds continuously since the 90s in number of enterprises, turnover and employees, with a trend that is higher than that of non-cooperative companies.

Giampietro Pizzo – His report examined the issue of “microcredit”, the most famous aspect of microfinance, indicating the provision of small loans granted to people who do not have formal guarantees to be presented to a bank to get a loan. Microfinance, however, goes far beyond a simple financial provision: it includes support services to entrepreneurs such as accompaniment, training, mentoring to the start up of enterprise etc., addressed to the most vulnerable and potentially excluded from the traditional financial channels such as young people under 30, women, migrants and refugees. The meaning of such accompaniment is to replace the formal bank guarantees with guarantees of quality on the business plan and of the person who presents it.

Maria Teresa Giacomazzi – In particular, she stressed the importance of true desires, determination, the ability to risk, strong relations.

The last part of the day was devoted to a detailed analysis of the project, the presentation of the budget and operating rules. The second day of the kick off meeting continued in-depth technical and administrative, in particular:

  • Approval of changes after the submission of the project, particularly the anticipation of the trial from January 2017 to September 2016.
  • Presentation of the online platform Redmine on project management.
  • Production of the outputs and the testing phase, with focus on the assessment model for the identification of potential entrepreneurs.
  • It was proposed and approved the division of tasks among partners.
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