COPIE 2: Integrated start-up support community

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Summary Integrated start up support (formerly coaching and mentoring)

Description and objectives

To understand how policy for the initial engagement and subsequent coaching and mentoring of entrepreneurs has affected the progression of groups at social risk in the participating regions and to identify, share and transfer the leading good practices that promote inclusion. Note that outreach is defined as the process of initial engagement with the client in their community Mentoring is a volunteer approach in which an existing entrepreneur works with a new start up entrepreneur, or entrepreneur at a later stage Coaching is a one to one approach between a paid coach and the entrepreneur


Baseline study (including a report on the state of the art in outreach, coaching and mentoring and partnership and experience)

Creation of stakeholder groups in participating regions field visits and exchange meetings using peer review

Short term exchanges of staff working in the field

Pilot actions for the transfer of methodologies (testing methods to support the implantation and transfer of identified good practices)


Understanding the state of the Art in inclusive approaches to start up support (one to one advice, entrepreneurship training, diagnostic and brokerage mentoring and coaching for entrepreneurs at EU Level

Learning from best practices regarding integrated start up support all over European Union through active exchange of experience and subsequent transfer through inter-regional cooperation. Development of practical guides for inclusive approaches to start up support Dissemination at interregional and international level of the success stories of COPIE. Exploring the extent to which start up support systems need to be designed for specific target groups (e.g. matching of mentors and coaches according to gender, ethnicity) Milestone for Deliverables (schedule)Baseline study july 2009 Practical guides, good practice case studies March 2011

lead partner

Asturias will lead this COP with partners from Andalusia, Lithuania and Wallonie


Who is involved The COP will be facilitated by an external expert sourced through a tendering exercise. Each core member are likely to come from the following environments; entrepreneurs from the traditionally excluded groups, NGOs and private associations in the field of integration of people with risk of exclusion, organisations in coaching and mentoring activities, Local administration (municipalities and other administration at local level (Diputaciones Provinciales, Consells Comarcals,etc) Public and private services dealing with the professional integration of groups with risk of social exclusion.