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EPALE - Piattaforma elettronica per l'apprendimento degli adulti in Europa


Inspirational Stories Worth Sharing (ENABLE)

di Gintarė Černikienė
Lingua: EN

The partners in NORDPLUS Adult project “ENABLE - Entrepreneurship for Socially Disadvantaged” (NPAD-2018/10038) are collecting good practice examples of people who run business, who are self-employed or who decided to turn their passion, hobbies into entrepreneurial activity and create a job not only for themselves but also for others.

In this project we decided to pay our attention to entrepreneurs, self-employed people from 5 different groups – the disabled, seniors, women, migrant and young people. There were multiple reasons for this.

For example, data from the OECD (2013) shows that women entrepreneurs represent 30% of the total working population in the EU. This may reflect limited access to finance, limited knowledge of business and management, and gender discrimination.

Also, there has also been a declining trend of people aged 55 and above active in the labour market. Older people tend to be less active in entrepreneurial activities than young people.

What is more, younger people often face obstacles in running businesses in relation to their low levels of human capital, business experience, limited access to information and lack of funding.

In addition to this, in countries such as Denmark, Finland the self-employment rate of migrants is higher than natives (OECD, 2010), but their start-ups have been shown to be a response to labour market discrimination.

What concerns disabled entrepreneurs, they are found to encounter a number of obstacles in doing business: relatively low levels of education, limited access to resources, information, knowledge, finance.

We searched for the examples around us and filmed interviews. The videos were posted on the website -

During the process we have met around 50 inspiring, passionate people whose stories are worth sharing.

For example, Diana Medrea- Mogensen from Denmark using social media tools is speaking about entrepreneurial mindset. The story about how she started:

Another good example is Bergrun Iris Saevarsdottir from Iceland who is children books‘ illustrator and a writer. „It is important to do what you love in your life and with big passion!“ she said to the project partners during the visit in Iceland. The interview with her might be also found here  -


We hope that the videos will be a source of inspiration for those who are thinking of starting something on their own.


Project partners:

  • EDUPRO (Lithuania) (Coordinator),
  • Step by Step (Iceland),
  • Com&Train (Denmark),
  • Seiklejate Vennaskond (Estonia),  
  • Anmiro (FI),
  • Learning for integration ry (FI).


The author of the post Gintarė Černikienė has been working for VšĮ EDUKACINIAI PROJEKTAI in the field of adult education – initiates and coordinates national and international projects which contribute to the successful social and labour market integration of adults, prepares competence development programmes of social workers, adult educators, performs research, contributes to the creation and adaptation of tools, learning resources, methodologies for the local context.

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