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A wide range of initiatives in the field of entrepreneurial education and start-up funding were implemented, most of them targeting young entrepreneurs and granted through European Social Fund and all of them were project based. Each of these projects had a communication budget available but none of them was specially designed to inform young entrepreneurs about the existent opportunities.
Young entrepreneurs are organised in Romania, in several associations, functioning either as NGOs or as employers’ organisations. These young entrepreneurs organisations are one of the most active in implementing the projects funded by European Social Fund mentioned in this section.
For example, 'Trial Firms, the first step for a career' has been implemented by the Romanian Business Association of Young Entrepreneurs with funds from the European Social Fund through the Human Capacity Development Sectoral Operational Programme and targeted 500 high school students that received training and counselling in order to pilot a trial firm. The project has been implemented in 2015 and followed several other projects of the organisations having the same targets.
Youth and junior organisations in Romania promoting entrepreneurship – such as Junior Achievements Romania and Junior Chamber International Romania – are also implementing entrepreneurship learning programmes funded by the members and sponsors. However, information on these projects and programmes is not easily available and few of the interviewees for the present report consider these programmes as having an impact at a larger scale. They are, on the other hand, very well appreciated by the participants and in terms of long term impact for their participants.