LLI-138 Employment and Entrepreneurship without Borders (BEE)
01.04.2017 - 31.03.2019
The project is targeted at local artisans (80 persons) working with textile, glass, wood, ceramics and paper that are seen as potential entrepreneurs in the Latvian-Lithuanian cross border area, namely, Dobele municipality and wider Zemgale region in Latvia and Anykščiai district municipality and Panevėžys county in Lithuania. The project is designed to tackle the two common challenges faced by the artisans – (1) development of a competitive product and (2) finding and entering new markets for selling it.
The overall objective of the project is to create employment opportunities by development and improvement of the cross-border business environment in the Latvia-Lithuania cross-border area through actions encouraging and supporting local artisans to develop new business ideas and initiatives in the field of creative craftsmanship and start their own business. This will be done through development of business support model, as well as series of theoretical trainings and practical creative workshops designed specifically for artisans. The project will promote creativity and through thinking and doing design create new and improve the existing products developed by artisans as potential entrepreneurs.
It is intended that out of the 80 artisans participating in the project activities, ~50 will develop new business ideas and products and eventually establish their own businesses – with a few Latvian-Lithuanian joint ventures.