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Title: Consortium for Enterprise Outreach (CEO)


1
Consortium for Enterprise Outreach (CEO)
  • Removing barriers to entrepreneurship for
    disabled people and carers
  • Dr Tracey Marr, Business Boffins Ltd, UK

2
Project Information
  • UK/05/B/F/PP-162_360
  • Dr Tracey Marr (tracey_at_businessboffins.com)
  • Italian partner
  • CONFORM - Consorzio Formazione Manageriale
  • Latvian partner
  • An organisation of people with disabilities and
    their friends Apeirons
  • UK partners
  • Association for Disabled Professionals (ADP)
  • AbilityNet
  • www.c-e-o.eu.com

3
Objectives of Project
  • Objectives (workshop theme)
  • Develop a vocational training programme that
    makes self-employment a genuine possibility for
    disabled people and carers
  • Provide University accredited education (safety
    net of increased employability should the
    business fail to mature)
  • Quality controlled support for disabled people
    carers starting a business
  • Overcome discrimination in business support
    provision
  • Innovative aspects
  • Electronic delivery increases accessibility of
    business support
  • Written word mentoring (ideal for people with
    hearing impairment)
  • Educational materials digitised (iPod or MP3
    players)
  • Internet delivery and e-mentoring (support
    networks)

4
Beneficiaries
  • Target group(s)
  • Entrepreneurial disabled people and carers
  • End users
  • Disabled people and carers who
  • Have a business idea or business model
  • Wish to become self-employed
  • Ability to participate for one year (but the
    course is flexible)
  • Other stakeholders
  • Disability and carers support organisations
  • Regional Development Agencies (e.g SEEDA, UK)
  • Banks (Hipoteku banka, State Bank, Latvia)
  • Universities and Further Education colleges

5
Project Products
  • 48 CEO modules (EN, LV, IT) enterprise
    education
  • Assumes no prior business knowledge
  • Explains business concepts in an understandable
    way (no jargon!)
  • Delivered to beneficiaries by email each week
    (people at home)
  • Templates to prepare business plans financial
    information
  • Plans form the assignments to the University
    qualification
  • Programme linked with website, e-mail mentoring
    telephone mentoring
  • University qualification
  • CEO programme is now accredited/validated in UK,
    Latvia and Italy
  • Compatible with European Credit Transfer System
    (ECTS)
  • Certificate in Small Business Management
  • Certificates of participation and completion

6
Contribution to enhancing entrepreneurship in VET
  • Use of products to enhance entrepreneurship in
    VET (impact of product)
  • Project stimulated industry/Higher Education (HE)
    co-operation
  • Delivery of HE into homes of the hard to reach
  • University as Quality Control for external
    material
  • Real business documents (business plan, cash flow
    forecast) used as assignments
  • Lower barriers to entrepreneurship for disabled
    people and carers
  • Possibilities of sustaining the product
  • Incorporation of CEO programme in partner
    organisation training programmes
  • Development of not-for-profit model
  • RDAs, Universities, banks and commercial
    partners?

7
Transferability of Products
  • Potential use of products/outputs by other target
    groups
  • Female entrepreneurs
  • Socially excluded groups
  • Ethnic minority groups
  • Across all sectors
  • Potential use of products/outputs in other
    countries
  • Transferability across Europe and beyond
  • Great scope to use academic/commercial/support
    group model to all regions within countries
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