Project name: BE The Future

Programme: The Central Baltic Programme 2014-2020

Project summary

The main objective of the project BE the Future, aimed at young females from Sweden, Estonia and Latvia, is to raise awareness of self-employment as a career option, create a positive attitude towards entrepreneurial activity, encourage the target group to test their ideas and see entrepreneurship as a potential career option. Entrepreneurial activity can be an effective tool for young people to enter the labour market. Even though young people are likely to have entrepreneurial ambitions, it does not necessarily lead to the development of a successful business.

The three-year project will promote entrepreneurial mindsets through peer networking, sharing of best experiences and resources as well as engaging a ring of mentors for inspiration and guidance. The project aims to prepare, coach and support 225 young future female entrepreneurs from the three countries in the planning and development of student companies. By the end of the project, at least 50 student companies will have been created, which will be able to translate entrepreneurial intention into practice.

Project activities: 

First cycle (November 2020 – March 2021)

  • Kick-off event in Örebro
  • Local meetups and mentoring sessions
  • Webinar
  • Kick-out event in Latvia

Second cycle (September 2021 – March 2022)

  • Kick-off event in Estonia
  • Local meetups and mentoring sessions
  • Webinar
  • Kick-out event in Sweden

Third cycle (April 2022 – September 2022)

  • Kick-off event in Latvia
  • Local meetups and mentoring sessions
  • Webinar
  • Kick-out event in Estonia

Project target group: girls in the age of 15 – 18 years

Project partners: 

Lead partner (Sweden): Emax Sweden Economic association

Partner (Latvia): Green and Smart Technology Cluster

Partner (Estonia): Tartu Centre for Creative Industries

Project duration: 01.02.2020 – 31.12.2022

Project budget: 880122.13 € 

ERDF: 700627.45 €