The Institute for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (IPER), a non-profit organization committed to promoting cultural, women-led and youth entrepreneurship in Montenegro, proposes, through research and policy recommendations, to:
1) Map CCIs in Montenegro and determine their potential to boost local and regional development;
2) Identify and review success stories of entrepreneurship in CCIs and draw lessons learned to set a general strategic framework for its further development;
3) Stimulate the development of entrepreneurial skills in the sector;
4) Raise awareness about the potential of CCIs for social and economic development in Montenegro.
- Mapping CCIs in Montenegro through desk research, data collection and in-depth interviews with relevant stakeholders’ representatives.
- Analysis of the economic contribution of CCIs, including qualitative assessments and comparative analysis with other countries in the region and the EU.
- Preparation and publication of a report identifying and analyzing 10 entrepreneurship success stories in CCIs based on the data collected through the mapping process.
- Preparation of recommendations and a general strategic framework for policy-making in CCIs.
- Assessment of training needs based on a sample of 100 CCIs workers (including self-employed and entrepreneurs).
- Creation of business skill development trainings.
- Organization of workshops in all three regions of Montenegro that will reach between 100 and 120 cultural entrepreneurs in CCIs.
- Raise awareness on the national economic potential of CCIs through the organization of a kick-off event, three regional workshops and a closing press conference on the project, where the different studies, reports, training materials, and promotional lectures will be widely distributed.
- Development of a dedicated project’s website to share information and the results of the project.
Contributes to strengthening the development of a data base on cultural policies and engages civil society in public policy making. The mapping, studies and reports will allow for the submission of recommendations for evidence-based policy, supporting the Ministry of Culture in its efforts to adopt a strategy, and will increase public awareness of the importance of Montenegro’s culture sector for the economic and social development of the country. Identifies and assesses critical capacity development gaps at the national level and supports capacity-building activities for cultural and creative entrepreneurs. Training modules will be developed and used during training workshops and widely distributed through the project’s website. Encourages and increases the participation of women, young creators and minority groups in CCIs – in most activities, 50% of the direct beneficiaries are women, as well as a percentage of youth from disadvantaged groups.