Even prior to the current crisis in Europe, an enabling environment for innovative entrepreneurship was difficult to find for entrepreneurial women from disadvantaged backgrounds. With the financial crisis now in full swing across most of the continent, opportunities for support and training that improve prospects are fewer still and far between.

BADGE aims to transfer and adapt an innovative support programme - Diversity in Business Workshops - developed in the UK, and that will enable female start-ups experiencing double-disadvantage to gain valuable soft skills and competences to assist them starting up their own business.

Pilot workshops with women will be run in the partner countries GR, CY, RO, BG, HR, PL, LT and UK to test the methodology, which includes separate trainers (business advisors) and learners kits. An online community will be created to continue the peer-support approach, using Web 2.0 and social media to reduce isolation and build valuable social capital for the target group. VET trainers will have access to innovative European approaches and the opportunity to share knowledge with peers across Europe.