Enhancing SMEs resilience after lockdown
In the post-Covid period, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be among the most affected parts of the economy and will require appropriate operational support, tools and training. Existing entrepreneurial systems and educational programs are only partially ready to respond to the challenges of the period ahead. In this context, ESMERALD will conduct an analysis of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the European SME sector and economic policy responses to the pandemic challenges in order to identify the specific needs of the sector during the recovery period. The project will develop SME training programs in the field of innovative business models and entrepreneurial skills that will be publicly available to all interested parties and will be able to be applied in various environments throughout the European Union. Based on all implemented activities, the project will produce a policy document with guidelines for economic policymakers. As part of the project, UNIDU’s research centre CREDO will participate in the implementation of all activities and will be in charge of coordinating the preparation of the final policy document.