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The ACCESS ENTERPRISE project seeks to develop strategies across member states in order to support marginalised groups to access business and self-employment opportunities, and help adult educators and business support practitioners develop new and existing skills and participate fully in society.


Entrepreneurship development is an important requirement for achieving the goal of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth set out in the Europe 2020 strategy.

Starting a business remains a daunting task and there is a real need for targeted support for more socially vulnerable people.

Despite the range of support services available for individuals within the target groups and the range of business support services available, there is a lack of provision in existence to support such disadvantaged individuals.

Target group

The target groups for the project are:


People who are disadvantaged based on gender, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion

Individuals who are excluded from the labour-market



Professionals: Trainers and Enterprise coaches, supporting the above groups 


"The European Commission's support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein."

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