The Project

ATHENA (Approaches To valorise the High ENtrepreneuriAl potential of migrant women to contribute to their social and economic integration) is a two-year project funded by the AMIF Program. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the economic and social integration of migrant women in the EU society by improving the services of entrepreneurship support oriented to migrant women and creating a specific entrepreneurial path for them

The project will directly benefit a 210 migrant women, it will increase the capacities of more than 35 professionals, it will create synergies with several organisations and it will finally intend to influence policies through a series of policy recommendations and Action Plans to be developed in the six regions in which the partners are located. 


To know the real demands and needs of migrant women regarding the entrepreneurial culture.  

Improve the services provided by the public organisations to migrant women on entrepreneurship 

Enable support to migrant women willing to launch a business activity, contributing to their economic and social integration.  

Develop activities enhancing the social and economic integration of migrant women. 

As an indirect objective, new business activities and with great possibilities of success will be launched. 

Expected Results:

Improved knowledge of needs and demands of migrant women, which will complement previous works and researches with additional fields of research and practical approach towards business support organizations’ services. 

Improved and programmes supporting migrant women entrepreneurship. New services will be launched in each territory represented in the project, reflected in 6 action plans that will include an entrepreneurial path for migrant women ready to be adopted.  

More women integrated economically and socially. Only during the project duration an expectation is that at least 30 women are targeted in the pilots in each participating region, what would represent a total of 210 women with increased entrepreneurial capacities. 

Improved capacity of professionals assessing migrant women. With the project 35 officers and professionals will increase their capacities from several business support organizations, NGOs and other organizations directly working with migrant women. 

Policy effectuation at different levels facilitated by a series of recommendations. These policy recommendations will be based on the lessons learnt during the project and will facilitate the transferability of the Action Plans or the adoption of particular measures within the policies of the different regions and countries in the European Union.


FactSheet Athena 2023 (AIMS)
FactSheet Athena 2023 (ACHIVED)


Identification and analysis of the needs of migrant women towards entrepreneurship. The study will imply direct engagement of migrant women and that of the stakeholders involved in the working groups.


Identification of good practices of business support services addressed to migrant women or that eventually could be adapted to support migrant women entrepreneurship.


Preparation of support materials and activities for migrant women entrepreneurs.


Training of professionals, professionals from the organizations working with entrepreneurs will be trained in the different topics identified by the needs identification and demands of the migrant women.


Personal assessment and training for the creation of new companies, elaboration of business plans, innovation and digital skills.


Financial support schemes. Advice and accompanying service for obtaining microcredits, financing for their business activity, grants and subsidies available for entrepreneurs.



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