Bergþórugata 20, 101, Reykjavik

Finding Funding: Grants, what are they good for? Vol. 3

2nd February 2020 @ 18:30 – 21:30
Reykjavík Tool Library
Eyjarslóð 3
101 Reykjavík
Reykjavík Tool Library

This event is a open discussion about grants in the Reykjavik area. We will talk about the different grants available, what to apply for and what to avoid when applying.

When you come to attend please have a project idea in mind so we can try and give the best advice.

This event is pay what you like, all money will go to help the Tool Library develop the Sharing Depot & the DIY Centre.

To make this more organised, we would like to ask you to confirm your attendance via message to the Tool Library.

There will be a Q&A with a special guest Ásdís Guðmundsdóttir

“Ásdís Guðmundsdóttir is born and raised in Iceland. She has a BA in Sociology and Mass media, MsC in Business Administration and an MBA in International Business Management from EAE Business School in Barcelona.
She is a senior advisor, project manager and trainer, working for the Directorate of Labour in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Her passion is helping and assisting women entrepreneurs in reaching their goals and making their businesses thrive.

Ásdís manages several projects at the Directorate aimed specifically at entrepreneurs.

Grants for Women Entrepreneurs – The grants are start up grants for individuals or companies owned by women and are awarded once a year. They can be used for marketing, product development or making business plans. Entrepreneurs are offered to participate in Mentoring circles where they can work on their goals and aspirations, planning to make their businesses go forward.

She is the project manager for Frumkvæði an initiative for unemployed people who want to work on their business plans. While on benefits, they receive training to develop their businesses and have access to assistance and business coaches.

International projects

In the last 6 years Ásdís has written several project bids and managed two European projects in the Erasmus+ funding program, both aimed at women entrepreneurs focusing on hard and soft skills, mentoring circles and networking. She has a good experience in managing projects at an international level, bringing together partners from various countries.
Female project was a 3 year project, funded by Erasmus+ funding program aimed at women entrepreneurs. GO4IT workshops were implemented, with special focus on Marketing, Finance, Social Media and Product Development. Participants also participated in Mentoring circles where they shared knowledge and focused on specific challenges in their business.

FREE project was a 3 year project, funded by Erasmus+ funding program aimed at women entrepreneurs in rural areas. 6 partners took part, from 5 countries. The project focused on implementing online training in various business subjects and soft skills training. Participants were also offered to participate in online Mentoring Circles where they shared knowledge and focused on their business challenges. Networks were set up in rural areas, who were led by trained volunteers.
The project was very successful, receiving a score of 89 points out of 100 possible. The quality of the outputs was good and has great potential for implementation on a larger scale. The content of the website is available and free of charge.

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