ENTREDI – Entrepreneurial Diversity

The final ENTREDI conference took place in November 2011 in the FIZ Frankfurt Biotechnology Innovation Center with participation of several high-level representatives like
Mr. Klaus Klipp (Secretary General of the Assembly of European Regions AER),
Mrs. Dorota Ryl (Vice-Marshall of the Lodzkie Voivodeship),
Cllr Andrew Finney (Leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council),
Mrs. Annika Larsson (Director of Regional Development Council of Jonkoping County),
Mr. Paschalis Oikonomidis (Regional Director of Planning and Development, Region of Western Macedonia) and
Mr. Dr. Reinhard Cuny (head of the ROP Managing Authority of the host Bundesland Hesse).
Hans-Christian Jäger (IDEUM) moderated the round table on the ENTREDI Transfer Experiences and results.

ENTREDI aims at fostering entrepreneurship by transferring acknowledged Good Practices in the field of entrepreneurship support following a holistic approach characterised by

  • process orientation according to the stages of entrepreneurship (orientation/information – planning/qualification – start/implementation – stabilisation/growth) in order to ensure that each stage receives appropriate support
  • application of a socio-economic approach in order to develop new businesses according to personal competencies, potentials and social environment of the founder(s)
  • networking on regional and local level in order to increase transparency of offered services

This holistic approach matches the heterogeneous entrepreneurs’ needs and detects the entrepreneurial potentials, as e.g. the Good Practices “4+1 Model” and “The Rhine-Main Net”, both managed by the lead partner Kompass Zentrum für Existenzgründungen in Frankfurt, are following and thus both GPs become crucial for the ENTREDI process.

ENTREDI process

The deducted Model and the Road Map for Fostering Entrepreneurial Diversity with relevant success factors together with policy recommendations are well presented in the ENTREDI Guidebook, following the development and implementation of the ENTREDI initiative in seven European regions. Some of those regions were very advanced in supporting entrepreneurship, some less advanced and some at their beginning of development such a system. This mix has allowed the partners to extract commonly valid conclusions for entrepreneurial policy and has matured a number of policy recommendations for different types of regions.

The published ENTREDI Guidebook supports the transfer and the sustainability of the integrative support programme of ENTREDI and increase the level of awareness of the regional authorities in the area of entrepreneurship, including managing authorities of Regional Operational Programmes.

IDEUM has coordinated and significantly contributed to the successful project proposal. Throughout the project IDEUM has supported ENTREDI partners regarding project management, development of the holistic ENTREDI approach and drawing up/coordination of the Guidebook on behalf of the Lead Partner Kompass Zentrum für Existenzgründungen in Frankfurt and on behalf of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council (South-East UK).

Read more in the ENTREDI Guidebook.