Project objective

To reduce social and economic disparities between the local governments of the Zemgale Planning Region (ZPR), strengthening the capacity of specialists and entrepreneurs and creating mechanisms for the development of innovation and business in the region.

Project Promoter: Zemgale Planning Region (ZPR)

Project Partners: Jelgava Local Government, Jekabpils County municipality,  Non-governmental organisation “Innovation Circle Network”.

Target groups: municipalities, entrepreneurs, non-governmental organizations, including organizations representing employers, children and young people, schools and educators.

Main activities: 1. Strengthening the capacity of the entrepreneurship centre and local governments of the ZPR. 2. Regional marketing promotion activities. 3. Regional mentoring of youth entrepreneurship. 4. Support to increase employment and competitiveness, implementing region-specific activities 5. Publicity.

Expected results:

  • 19 professional employees trained (in the fields of promotion of entrepreneurship and cooperation of local governments) (by gender);
  • the entrepreneurship support capacity strengthened for 50% of local governments;
  • the entrepreneurship support capacity of the ZPR strengthened;
  • 2 experience exchange visits to Norway;
  • 6 training courses for the specialists of local governments;
  • 3 business situation games for the business specialists of the ZPR and local governments.
  • 38 enterprises supported with strengthened operational capacity;
  • 50% of local governments involved in regional promotion activities;
  • 2 trade missions organised, incl. to Norway;
  • 12 support days for local entrepreneurs organised;
  • participation in 3 international exhibitions ensured;
  • 6 training courses for entrepreneurs organised;
  • 40 seminars organised for entrepreneurs on business-related topics.
  • 10 persons supported for the development of local enterprises (by age and gender);
  • the Youth Career Consultation and Motivation Centre of Jelgava City equipped for the development of the Zemgale region;
  • 10 business idea generation workshops for young people in schools;
  • 3 business idea competitions for young people in region-specific sectors;
  • the creation, equipping and maintenance of the co-creation area for young business talents.
  • 2 new ideas implemented (region-specific solutions) in order to improve the competitiveness and employment of the region:
  • 1  market for local manufacturers created and equipped in Jekabpils City;
  • 4 video tours created for the popularisation of Zemgale tourism entrepreneurship (for example, gastronomic tour, small castles and manors in border area; mastered craftsmen’s skills, etc.) according to the demand of local governments and specific characteristics of the region.

The project “Entrepreneurship in Zemgale” is implemented with the support of the European Economic Area Financial Instrument for 2014-2021. The total budget of the project is 969,256 EUR, of which the EEA Grant co-financing is 793 867,70 EUR.

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Sigita Šiļvjane

Project manager

Zemgale Planning region

+371 27011207