Weaknesses Identified:

• Lack of financial support: How it is possible to get access to funds to foster entrepreneurship in rural areas? 

 • Brain drain and rural flight/rural exodus: how can we retain talent in rural areas? 

 • Lack of entrepreneurial skills: how to provide entrepreneurial skills and training in rural areas? 

 • Weak ties: how to strengthen networking among entrepreneurs in rural areas? 

 • Small size of local markets: how we can encourage and support entrepreneurs in rural areas to access bigger markets? 

Opportunities Identified: 


 • Entrepreneurship specific training – capacity building (at all levels) about topics as creativity, management, promotion and innovation, being considered keys to business success.  

• Promotion of mentoring/empowering people taking advantage of volunteers – successful entrepreneurs from the same rural area: experts in finance, marketing, accounting... 


 • Support and promotion of endogenous resources as market niches (developing also synergies among sectors): services for elderly rural population, ecological and handicrafts products, tourism and energy. 

• Enhancing accessibility to, and use and quality of ICT in rural areas with new business opportunities related to ICTs with other sectors as food or tourism. 


 • Facilitating diversification, creation of new small enterprises and job creation. 

• Promoting high quality living spaces and high quality communities in key rural areas (very close to urban centers) to attract and retain greater numbers of professional workers. 

• Development of adequate support mechanisms for entrepreneurs and alignment of resources. 


 • Funding opportunities in the 2014-2020 Programming Period (Structural Funds) as well as other national or regional programmes, including Local Action Groups (LEADER).