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Facilitate the access of entrepreneurs to a second chance in the Danube region - Danube Chance 2.0

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Program: Danube Transnational Program 2014-2020

Project duration: 01.07.2018 - 30.06.2021

Call number: 2

Priority 1: Innovative and socially responsible Danube region

Specific objective: Increase competences for business and social innovation

This project is co-financed by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI).

Total budget: EUR 1,822,550

ERDF contribution: EUR 1241425

IPA contribution: EUR 176587.5

ENI contribution: EUR 131155

Launching and leaving business are natural processes inherent in European economic life. In fact, 50% of companies do not survive the first 5 years of life, and bankruptcies are responsible for about 15% of all liquidated companies. In Europe, 200,000 companies face insolvency every year, causing the loss of 1.7 million jobs. In the Danube Region, the number of bankruptcies increased during the last year by 3.6%. Although only 4-6% of bankruptcies are fraudulent, public opinion makes a strong link between business failure and fraud. Many honest entrepreneurs whose businesses have gone bankrupt feel discouraged to start again because of the difficulties and discrimination they face. The Danube Chance 2.0 project aims to develop second-chance entrepreneurial policies and practical solutions to improve the entrepreneurial culture in order to avoid losing entrepreneurial potential and to overcome the stigma of entrepreneurs after business failure.


The main result of the project will be the intensification of cooperation between project partners (decision makers, financial intermediaries, business accelerators, research institutes and universities, NGOs) and target groups (companies in financial difficulty, in insolvency or in a state of bankruptcy, which are ready for relaunch), realized through:

a. Strategy for entrepreneurs' second chance in the Danube region: creating a community of experts ready to work together to shape the regulatory framework that will give honest entrepreneurs a second chance in the Danube region;

b.  "Trial and Error" Re-design Transnational Academy: providing 130 hours (6 modules) of transnational training for 200 entrepreneurs who have gone bankrupt;

c. "Business Re-Structuring Initiative": services for around 60 entrepreneurs to facilitate business relaunch, access to finance and a positive image of second-chance entrepreneurs.

DanubeChance2.0 brings together a multidisciplinary partnership with 12 project partners and 5 associate partners:

1. Public Benefit Non-Profit Ltd for the Development of the Industry, Hungary

2. Steinbeis 2I gGmbH, Germany

3. Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania

4. Centre for Social Innovation, Austria

5. Pomurski Technology Park, Slovenia

6. Pannon Business Network Association, Hungary

7. Union of Slovak Clusters, Slovacia

8. Centre for Entrepreneurship Osijek, Croatia

9. Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Serbia

10. Republic Agency for the Development of Small and Medium Enterprise, Bosnia and Herzegovina

11. Organization for Small and Medium Enterprise Sector Development, Moldova

12. Institute of Market Problems and Economic-Ecological Researches of NAS Ukraine

13. Ministry for Industry, Energy and Mining of Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina

14. EURADA European Association of Development Agencies, Belgium

15. Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts of the Republic of Croatia

16. Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure, Moldova

17. Central European Initiative Executive Secretariat, Italy

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Contact person:

Elena Rusu
Organization for Small and Medium Enterprises Sector Development (ODIMM)
Chisinău, Republic of Moldova, MD-2012
bd. Ștefan cel Mare și Sfânt 134, of. 336
tel: +373 22 22 45 16

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