The objective set for the project was to assess the availability, quality and impact of support services provided to would-be entrepreneurs planning to start a business, and to newly established businesses. Specific attention is to be given to support schemes tailored to young people and women.
The first task is to collect information on the range of services offered in countries covered by the study. These are the 28 Member States of the European Union, other countries that participate in the EU's COSME programme
(Albania, Armenia, FYROM, Iceland, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine), plus three external countries – the US, Canada and Israel.
Analysis of the different support services will then allow best practice to be identified and the services to be benchmarked, as the basis for learning and the wider adoption of the most effective approaches.
The project began on 30th August 2018 and will continue until May 2019.