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May 24, 2022

Entrepreneurship Workshops, RBL initiative backed by EY

EY Romania is backing the Entrepreneurship Workshops, Romanian Business Leaders Association’s longest-running project, being by the entrepreneurs’ side ever since the first stages of their businesses’ development. In this year’s edition of the Entrepreneurship Workshops, workshops took place in Bucharest, Craiova and Timisoara, and the interest registered is pointing to the project’s potential of going nationwide.

In three years, the Entrepreneurship Workshops project grew from 14 courses in 2013 to 90 today, and from 50 to 400 students, through the volunteer contribution of 132 trainers. Having the goal of supporting the entrepreneurial spirit and competencies among those who lead a business, and a programme geared to the participants’ business development stage – Scale-up or Start-up – , the Workshops take place every two weeks and their curricula includes seven business topics.

EY Romania has been backing the Entrepreneurship Workshops ever since their launch in 2013, being by the entrepreneurs’ side ever since their businesses’ first stages of development, particularly against the backdrop of a lack of proper entrepreneurial education in Romania.

“Profoundly knowing the business development stages and the specific resources that they need in each one of these stages, we have developed initiatives in order to give support to some of the most dynamic and innovative start-ups. I mention two of these initiatives. EY Accelerating Growth and EY Startup Challenge support technology start-ups with consultancy, mentorship and networking opportunities and help them expand their client base,” EY Romania Partner and Strategic Growth Market Leader Alexandru Lupea stated.

In this year’s edition of Entrepreneurial Workshops, 20 scale-up and 25 start-up businesses met in Bucharest in order to learn from the experience of Romanian businessmen, but also from the other students. The three workshops that have taken place so far had Sergiu Negut, Marius Ghenea, Lucian Butnaru, Andreea Rosca and Felix Patrascanu as speakers, and many more will follow. After the first step toward expanding the Evening Workshops nationwide was taken in 2015, through the Craiova edition, in 2016 the programme has been expanded and resumed on April 5 in Craiova and on the same day in Timisoara, with the goal of making Romania a better place for business. The high number of signups – around 100 applications for the 50 places available in the two cities – is a clear indicator of the fact that the programme has the potential to expand throughout the country.

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