More than 1,500 Slovenian women have benefited from a governmental financial support programme designed for unemployed women. Called Entrepreneurship Is Female, the programme has helped 90 per cent of participants to start their own business.
“The project is 100 per cent funded by the Economy Ministry, while the Labour Ministry and the Employment Service provide 5,000 euros in subsidies for each participant,” explained Mojca Skalar Komljanc, project head of the SPIRIT agency for entrepreneurship.
The participants must attend the 100-hour programme in its entirety to be eligible for the funds. They learn how to develop their ideas and design a good business model, and also get some legal advice.
“They get equipped with entrepreneurial knowledge to help them start out on their own entrepreneurial path,” she added.
“Slovenia had been faring very well in pay gap rankings. However, the country is doing very poorly when it comes to the entrepreneurial activity of young women,” commented Marlen Skarlovnik, the head of the Entrepreneurship Sector at the Economy Ministry, underlining the importance of those additional services helping women starting their business.
After completing the programme, the participants also have access to a number of free-of-charge assistance services provided by the state.