BEST project is a joint endeavour of 7 partners from Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy that have the common motivation to improve the effective integration of Third country nationals into the labour market through cooperation between public and private institutions. The BEST project emerged when working on projects that have as main focus economic and social integration of migrants where the need of offering specific strategies to TCN who would like to
become self-employed and/or open their own business emerged. Self-employment is one of the most successful tools to create a long-term labour integration, creating a win-win situation for all the players and increase the integration of TCN on different levels. Through BEST, the consortium implements social entrepreneurship trainings in each partner-country and establishes effective cooperation with public key-stakeholders such as Chambers of Commerce and
Employment Service. The BEST project offers an opportunity to intensify and deepen the existing relationships between TCNs, public authorities and NGOs while at the same time European integration policies are put into practise and the economic potential of TCN is being leveraged on a long-term.


1. To develop a pedagogical framework in order to train and upgrade skills of TCNs who are considering becoming entrepreneur/self-employed.
2. To test “in situ” the curriculum with three entrepreneurship courses per Partner Country and analyse its usability and quality as well as follow up on the TCN through 16 peer reviews taking the most successful elements to the final version that will be published as guide in the handbook in several European languages.
3. To create a strong local/regional/national and transnational strategic partnership that sets up the necessary elements to use the pedagogical framework with our special target group of migrants originating from third-countries beyond the lifetime of the BEST project giving it a transnational and European dimension. We will also perform “train-the-trainer” courses with 140 participants (TCNs) to further ensure the sustainable use of our outputs. Correlated outcomes: Transnational Working Groups (TWG), business brunches & round tables.
4. To ensure the sustainability of the project in the long term through the creation of strong, strategic partnerships will be concretized through “4 Cooperation Agreements” (1 per country) between public and private stakeholders beyond the partnership at local/regional/national and transnational level. This document will define concrete actions that contribute to a swift integration of TCN into the labour market and our economy.