ESBA – Project coordinator
The European Small Business Alliance (ESBA) is a non-party political group that represents the needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout Europe through targeted EU advocacy and profiling activities. Today, ESBA is one of the largest organisations based on voluntary membership in Europe and it is formed by 9 national associations and 2 pan-European associations that represent the interests of European Businesses and provides a direct communication channel with over 500K European Businesses.
Role in the project: ESBA is the project coordinator with the responsibility of monitoring the daily progress, providing detailed updates to partners and stakeholders, planning meetings, organizing reports, invoices, contracts, and other financial files for easy access. Furthermore ESBA is responsible for the organization of the WEgate Summit, as well as the marketing and communication actions and the management of the website.
BAE – Project partner
Business Angels Europe (BAE) is the European Confederation of Angel Investing, representing the European Business Angels’ Federations and Trade associations in Europe. BAE brings together the most active and developed countries operating in the angel market in Europe.
Role in the project: BAE is responsible for the organizzation of the access to finance webinars and access to finance stream at the WEgate summits.
MIR – Project partner
Established in 2002 by Norwegian RTD institute SINTEF with a mission to foster economic growth for the benefit of all. Undertakes research, technology based projects, influences policymaking and provides support services in the following core areas: economic development, research & innovations, environment and society. Works in partnership with enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales and technology transfer on global markets. It promotes eco-innovations and turns environmental challenges into business opportunities as well as innovate and research so the business and society can grow.
Role in the project: MIR is the manager of the WEgate community council and responsible for the organization of the peer-to-peer learning activities and study visits.
Grow Your Business – Project partner
GYB is a small company run by Professor Cooney, a former President of the European Council for Small Business and also former President of the International Council for Small Business. Through these role, he has gained extensive knowledge of entrepreneurship policies and cultural influences in countries across the world. He is a Policy advisor to the Irish government on entrepreneurship policy where he has consistently advocated for under-represented communities, plus he has developed policies and programs in Saudi Arabia specifically for women entrepreneurs.
Role in the project: GYB is responsible for the implementation of the WEbarometer and the elaboration and pubblication of the results.