EntreFox project supports entrepreneurship of people over the age of 55 nationally and through the projects international co-operation also internationally. Tremendous life experience, as well as extensive social networks, provide individual resources and a significant competitive advantage in the corporate world. The productivity and competitiveness of companies are strengthened by developing the digital and entrepreneurial skills of entrepreneurs and promoting the well-being and health of entrepreneurs. Our project was especially aimed at Southwest Finland and Uusimaa regions, however, the effects will be visible throughout the country in the longer term.

We offered four different services for entrepreneurs: company specific Digipilots and a workshop of well-being in Southwest Finland and Entrepreneurship coaching and peer groups and Entrepreneurship workshops for people with an immigrant background in Uusimaa. All in all, 124 entrepreneurs took part in order to develop their competence, business and well-being, as well as network with their fellow entrepreneurs.

In addition to services, we have piloted four Solutions-events, which covered service design, digitalisation, well-being and networking, among other things. More than 100 people have taken part in the series of events.

The project has worked closely together in an international network coordinated by the BSLF for Sustainable Working Life project, which aims to raise good national practices and promote active aging and lifelong learning. We have worked in two international thematic working groups with experts from Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany and, initially, Belarus and Russia.

The Entrepreneur’s Development Path produced in the project consists of four areas: the themes of time management, competence and health, and the development discussion that brings them together. The choice of theme has been made on the basis of discussions with companies. In addition to our experts, more than 70 entrepreneurs, business coaches and / or business advisors have participated in the development of the Entrepreneur Development Path in testing events held in 2021. We are extremely grateful for the feedback, gratitude, and suggestions for improvements we have made to promote the product.

Take a moment for yourself, and have a development discussion with yourself. What are working well at the moment and where are room for improvement?

The EntreFox project was implemented by Turku University of Applied Sciences, The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and University of Helsinki during 1.4.2019 – 30.6.2022. The project was funded by the European Social Fund.

Read more about the Entrepreneurs Development Path: https://www.entrefox.fi/en/entrepreneurs-development-path/

Read more from our Blog: https://www.entrefox.fi/en/blog-in-english/

Read more about international co-operation: https://bslf.eu/bslf-for-sustainable-working-life-policy-brief-series/