Association Free Entrepreneurship

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Association Free Entrepreneurship
Poland
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We are a Polish non-profit non-governmental organization. Our main objective is to support and assist the development of small and medium-sized companies (SMEs). 

We help to establish, grow, innovate and expand (internationalize) companies from their start to matureness. 

We are also involved in labour market interventions, providing support for the unemployed – helping them either to start a company or to gain skills required for new jobs and find employment.

We are a team of professional consultants with deep knowledge of business environment and expertise in business planning, strategic management, innovation management, marketing, finance, Polish and EU law, and other areas required by our clients.

Our services include:

  • training & consultancy (business development training and advice; vocational courses),
  • innovation-related services (technology audit and transfer, science & business cooperation),
  • export promotion (trade missions, B2B meetings, business partner search),
  • business information (Polish and EU law; EU funds; grants & loans),
  • outplacement (support for laid-down employees and companies in need of transformation processes),
  • business start-up support (business plans, grants & loans),
  • vocational counselling and career development (for business start-ups and job seekers),
  • job brokerage.

Due to public financing our services are often co-financed (available for part of the actual cost) for companies, and available for free for our unemployed clients.

We continuously improve our business operations and service quality through maintaining management systems complying with the requirements of the internationally recognised quality standard ISO 9001:2015.

We implement entrepreneurship-focused projects on regional, national and international levels, including international cooperation within the European Union and with other countries.

Below are a few examples of our international projects:

  • ERDF "Pomeranian Export Broker" (2016-2023) - creating a comprehensive support system for an international expansion of Polish enterprises.
  • Interreg Baltic Sea Region "Supporting Non-technological Innovation in Owner-managed Manufacturing SMEs through increased capacity of business intermediaries" (2017-2020) - to establish good and valuable communication between owner-managed SME’s and business intermediaries across the Baltic Sea region.
  • COSME  & Polish Ministry of  Entrepreneurship and Technology "Enterprise Europe Network" (2008-ongoing) - helping businesses innovate and grow on an international scale.
  • ESF ”New opportunities in supporting entrepreneurship of unemployed young graduates” (2011-2013) - to increase the effectiveness of labour market services through implementing an innovative entrepreneurship support programme for young unemployed graduates.

  • Interreg IIIA ”Competence Development of Business Management and Cooperation” (2006-2008) – to consolidate Alytus (Lithuania) and Pomerania (Poland) region trade communities, stimulating trade management and cooperation competence.

  • Interreg IIIC ”Business Support Good Practice” (2005-2007) - to contribute to increasing economic performance and decreasing regional differences in the Hanse Passage by creating an environment and sustainable resources that will enable future collaboration between Hanse regions during and beyond the Hanse Passage initiative.

  • Interreg IIIC ”Ha-Mo-Net” (2005-2007) - implementing a sustainable cooperation network in vocational training focusing on increasing employability of students/pupils in partner regions.

  • Interreg IIIC ”Exchange to Export” (2005-2007) - exchange of best practices in pro-export services in partners regions and organizations. 

  • RITA ”Improving the skills of Odessa Regional Administration employees in elaborating cross-border aid programs” (2006) - to promote the idea of European integration in the Odessa region in Ukraine.

  • Phare CBC ”4 Regions 4 Business” (2005) - to facilitate B2B contacts between Polish, Finnish, Swedish and German enterprises by offering them the opportunity to exhibit at joint stands at international fairs.

  • Phare CBC ”East Baltic Cooperation Office” (2004-2005) - to facilitate cooperation between Polish, Latvian and Finnish companies through exchange of information and foreign market seminars.

  • PAUCI ”Gdansk-Odessa: Interregional cooperation” (2002-2003) - exchange of experience in establishing new regional development policies, initiating economic cooperation between Polish and Ukrainian enterprises, identifying transportation problems between the regions.

  • Polish Aid ”Gdansk-Odessa-Lviv: Cooperation of regional administration and NGOs for the development of democratic society and free market economy” (2005) - exchange of experience in business support, investment support and European integration policies.