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Promoting micro-entrepreneurship. The Award for best micro-entrepreneurs in Georgia.

Due to the absence of an official definition of a micro-entrepreneur and lack of official statistics on this, it is hard to determine their exact number. The Association of Microfinance Organisations in Georgia – the local partner of the project implementing entity – estimates on the basis of the Georgian statistical office and information obtained from its members that there are about 400,000 micro-entrepreneurs in the country (taking into account farmers who produce for sale).

The micro-enterprise and small firm sector employs about 20% of all vocationally active Georgians. In many regions where there are no large firms, this is the only available form of employment next to agriculture. Until now, policymakers have not paid much attention to micro-entrepreneurs and their positive influence on the country’s economy. Micro-entrepreneurs often have difficulties obtaining loans and they often lack the knowledge needed to run a business.

The project will help to promote good practices and successful firms, which may encourage others (particularly young people and women) to take up business activity. It will also turn attention to the role played by micro-enterprise in the economy, which may translate into a greater number of initiatives, including government ones, aimed at supporting micro-enterprises.

Promoting micro-entrepreneurship. The Award for best micro-entrepreneurs in Georgia.

The competition for micro-entrepreneur of the year in Georgia, organised together with the Microfinance Centre Foundation and the Georgian Microfinance Association, was to contribute to micro-enterprise growth in Georgia through the promotion of good practices and by distinguishing firms that have become successful. The purpose was also to build the capacity of the Georgian project partner in promoting micro-enterprise through the transfer of Polish experience related to competition organisation, building partnerships with the media and acquiring sponsors. Winners were to be singled out in five categories: micro-entrepreneur of the year, best woman micro-entrepreneur, best young micro-entrepreneur, best pro-social enterprise, and best innovative enterprise.

Promoting micro-entrepreneurship. The Award for best micro-entrepreneurs in Georgia.

Under the project, a study visit was organised to Warsaw to pass on knowledge and experience of the Microfinance Centre (MFC) Foundation and the Kronenberg Foundation in the field of micro-enterprise. Two people from the Georgian association, two people from the Kronenberg Foundation and four people from the MFC Foundation participated.

The first edition of the competition for micro-entrepreneur of the year was organised in Georgia. Of the 66 applications sent in, five winners were selected. About 150 people attended the final gala. The Georgian association estimates that through the media and member organisations, information about the competition may have reached about 50,000 people.