ifempower is a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, with 9 partners from 7 European countries and led by HÉTFA Research Institute, Hungary. 


HÉTFA Research Institute (HETFA)


HETFA is an independent think tank in Budapest, Hungary established in 2009 by young economists, political scientists and sociologists sharing theoretical and practical experience in social research, public administration and consultancy.

The main mission of HETFA is to provide useful and evidence-based analyses on national as well as local policy issues for the decision-makers and the policy expert community to improve the quality of public debates and public decisions. The institution offers extensive knowledge and experience, a comprehensive and widespread professional network and its commitment to quality and community.


Andalucía Emprende Foundation

Andalucía Emprende Foundation depends on Junta de Andalucía’s Consejería de Empleo, Formación y Trabajo Autónomo (Regional Government), and has the mission of providing the best services to promote entrepreneurial initiative and business development in order to contribute to a more dynamic regional economy and Andalusia society.

Their general objective is to foster an enterprise culture and support the creation and consolidation of businesses and employment through the provision of quality services.

The services provided are free of charge and aimed both at entrepreneurs who want to start up a business initiative in Andalusia and at existing businesses that require support to expand, modernize or consolidate their market.


ONECO Consulting (ONECO)


ONECO is a consultancy for European projects in the areas of education, culture, innovation, employment and local development, among other areas.

ONECO was founded in 1997 as an educational organisation that provided European mobility programmes for young people, throughout national and international schemes such as Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci or ESF. Their programmes combine excellent language training and tailor-made professional experiences, with the aim of enhancing and improving the professional qualifications of young people, by enhancing their individual skills and linguistic competences.

Among its activities, ONECO also develops training courses, seminars and other training activities for a wide range of target groups.


Sigmund Freud University (SFU)


Sigmund Freud University (SFU) was accredited and recognized as a private university by the Austrian accreditation authority in 2005. Among Austria’s currently 13 private universities – it has become the biggest one with more than 4.800 students. In addition to the headquarter of the university in Vienna with its four faculties Psychotherapy Science, Psychology, Medicine and Law, SFU holds branches in Paris, Milan, Ljubljana, Linz and Berlin. Individual support, dialogue with the teaching staff, and the guarantee of practical relevance exemplify the high quality of studies at SFU.


Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI)


SPI is a private consulting company created in 1996 as an active centre of national and international networks connected to the SME and innovation sectors. Since its inception, SPI has become a leading promoter of linkages between private sector companies, science and technology institutions, and national and international public and private organizations. From its onset, SPI embraced the mission of managing projects that promote regional, national and international development, stimulate entrepreneurship, innovation and knowledge management and encourage internationalization and creation of strategic partnerships and business relationships.


Bifröst University (Bifröst)


Bifröst University was founded in Reykjavík Iceland in 1918. From the start, its role was to educate leaders for business and society at large. Bifröst was accredited as a university in 1988, offering degrees in business administration and management. Emphasis on developing teaching methods is of great importance at Bifröst University and this is evident, for instance from the mission statement of the university, which states that Bifröst will be on the cutting edge in its course offerings and methods of instruction, which are shaped by the University’s emphasis on social responsibility and sustainability.

Bifröst University is an active member of the Icelandic and European research communities, hosting many independent research centres.


Corvinus University of Budapest (CUB)


Corvinus University of Budapest defines itself as a research university oriented towards education, where the scientific performance of the academic staff measures up to the international standard and the students can obtain a competitive degree having a standard and knowledge content identical to similar-profile universities and acknowledged on the European Union’s labour market and on a global scale.

The University offers its more than 11,000 students educational programmes in business administration, economics, and social sciences. In these fields, it has a leading position in Hungarian higher education. At the same time, its key ambition is to display the institution’s uniqueness and to exploit the synergies resulting from professional diversity and from studying multiple disciplines


Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania (Sapientia University)


The Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania was established in 2001 as an independent higher education institution in Romania, with the aim of providing tertiary education in Hungarian language. The accredited University is functioning in four different towns: Miercurea Ciuc, Târgu-Mureș, Cluj-Napoca and Sf. Gheorghe. Each of the four study centres has a specific profile, yet they form together an organic university structure.

Sapientia University is an institution promoting high quality education and competitiveness, striving to meet international standards and aiming to prepare professionals able to assert themselves following their graduation, either at home or in any country of the European community.


Steinbeis GmbH (Steinbeis)

The Steinbeis GmbH & Co.KG für Technologietransfer acts as the operative arm of the Steinbeis Foundation for Economic Promotion. Steinbeis was founded in 1982 and provides the legal basis for all Steinbeis Transfer Centers (STC). The STC work as classic business entities with the aim of implementing specific, market-driven knowledge and technology transfer. STC forge links between fundamental research and front-line application in business. The Steinbeis Network comprises around 6,000 experts committed to practical transfer between academia and industry – about 700 of them are professors. The experts in the Steinbeis Network are competent to transfer gathered knowledge in research and development into market-ready applications and products.

Steinbeis network is represented in ifempower by STC EAST-WEST Joint-Ventures (Ost-West-Kooperationen). Founded in 1994 by Jurgen Raizner, who manages also STCs in Austria, Romania and Ukraine, STC Ost-West-Kooperationen focuses on increasing competitiveness of enterprises and fostering entrepreneurship. One success factor of each project is a strong university-industry collaboration in R&D and innovation.


Associated Partners



Femspace is a non-profit organization and support network for highly skilled and trained expat women living in Vienna. It was founded in February, 2017, and is run by volunteers. Femspace have over 100 active members, and organise monthly workshops related to work-life balance, professional development, further education etc. Femspace also run an international mentor programme, by which it reached out to 6 European countries and have had over 100 participants in the past year.

Femspace organisation is also a valuable source of information on many different career-related issues, most of which you can find on the trilingual blog, vlog on youtube and other online platforms.



Icelandic Directorate of Labour – IdoL


Directorate of Labor (Public Employment Services, PES) manages the employment services in the country. The main tasks are supervision and coordination of the eight employment service centers in the country, providing counselling and employment services as well as providing courses and various activities for unemployed people. PES also delivers specific services to entrepreneurs through various projects for unemployed people. Directorate of Labor has several projects and services for women entrepreneurs: Grants for Women Entrepreneurs – awarded once a year to women entrepreneurs with good business plans or projects. Svanni-loan Guarantee Fund – awards loans with loan guarantee to companies owned by women entrepreneurs. The fund is in cooperation with Landsbankinn who awards the loans. The Directorate has managed two specific European projects aimed at women entrepreneurs in the last 5 years: FREE – Female Rural Enterprise Empowerment and FEMALE – Fostering Entrepreneurship, Mentoring and Life Long Learning in Europe .


PONT Group

PONT Group was founded in 2009. The central aim of the organization is to generate social innovation through participation in the fields of entrepreneurship and culture with a special focus on youth and digitalization. PONT Group’s central activity is to create general frameworks, programs and to implement specific projects through intersectoral and multidisciplinary partnerships on local, regional, national and European levels. The main office of PONT Group is located in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, however, through the different projects it is active in different cities of Romania and Europe.

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