For Existing Entrepreneurs

Small businesses need the right guidance and assistance in order to achieve long-term success. Thus, REDI was created in 2016, with the mission of supporting entrepreneurship and job creation in Roma communities in Central-Eastern Europe and the Balkans. REDI was preceded by a pilot project in 2015 in Bulgaria and Romania to assist more than 1000 Roma entrepreneurs to access affordable financial products for entrepreneurship projects. A key lesson of this pilot, as well as a lesson from other initiatives in this area, was the necessity to provide not only technical assistance, but also adapted financial products and access to market opportunities to enable viable and sustainable entrepreneurship projects among the Roma. REDI represents an institutional and innovative effort to put these lessons in practice. REDI understand that tarting and maintaining a successful small business isn’t easy. Aspiring business owners face countless challenges—especially within rural and historically underserved Roma communities. Therefore, REDI can provide the following services to Roma entrepreneurs:

One on one assistance in business development for startups and existing businesses

  • Registration of firm
  • Market analysis and Business plan
  • Financial analysis
  • Business related legal services
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Technical Assistance in preparing loan application package
  • Assisting Roma entrepreneurs in relevant financial institutions
  • Creating networking linkages between entrepreneurs from the same sector
  • Creating international business networking linkages
  • Connectings Roma entrepreneurs with relevant financial, non-financial institutions
  • Credit calculator for credit products of banks in Macedonia, Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania
  • Educational resources
  • Templates

Please contact us on the below contact details for more information.

For Prospective Entrepreneurs

For prospective entrepreneurs, in collaboration with IED – Institute of Entrepreneurship Development, REDI is offering a tool to help your decision to become an entrepreneur. Please visit the IED – Institute of Entrepreneurship Development’s website to fill in the online questionnaire which supports your decision by the “Self – Evaluation Tool for Potential ROMA Entrepreneurs.”