United Nations Development Programme
Project data

Project ID: 40939/72886

Status: ongoing

Duration: Jan 2005 - Aug 2012

Management Arrangements: NIM with CO Support


Total: 2 000 000 USD



Geographic Focus

Brasov, Sf. Gheorghe, Alba-Iulia, Mangalia, Targu Mures, Satu Mare, Campia Turzii and Dorohoi

Sector and Subsector

Private SME Sector

UNDAF outcome

Enhanced national economic growth and reduce poverty levels among vulnerable groups

Expected CP Outcome(s)

Economic growth and poverty reduction

Establishment and Development of Business Incubators in Romania

Nationalized MDG Focus

UNDP’s efforts to assist the Government in developing the SME sector in Romania through the Business Incubators Project, anobjective of the UNDP Country Programme, are explicitly linked to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and are part of a broader sub-regional strategy for poverty reduction through enterprise and economic development. UNDP is well positioned to draw upon the international wealth of know-how, human resources and information to build the capacities of Romanian institutions in implementing this project.

Benefits and achievements

Following the successful completion of the pilot phase in 2009, the three initial business incubators moved on to a second incubation stage.

In addition, three new business incubators were set up in 2010-2011, while four others are in the final development stage and due to launch by end of 2011.

Each incubator hosts around 20 early-stage firms, selected upon their innovative business plan. The local management of the business incubators, as well as the consultancy services required by tenant SMEs, are provided by incubator managers.

The direct beneficiaries of the project are small and medium local start-ups and early-stage businesses. The tenant SMEs join a three-year business incubation programme, whereby they receive support in the form of equipped office spaces, start-up grants and consultancy services. But most importantly, business incubators offer a platform for knowledge exchange, networking and partnership development.

In addition to the direct benefits mentioned above, the set up of business incubation centers entails an array of indirect long-term benefits to the local community, including: creation and retention of local business; the creation and encouragement of an entrepreneurial environment within the community; diversification of local economies resulting in meeting the demand for new services; encouragement of entrepreneurship among women and/ or minorities; job creation and improvement of living standards.

Further information available on the project website www.incubAT.ro

Project Background

The Business Incubators project started in late 2004 as a pilot-phase that lead to the opening of three business incubators in 2006, in regions affected by layoffs from the public sector and faced with a high unemployment rate and low entrepreneurial intensity. All business incubators were established within the larger context of a regional plan for economic development.

Project Objectives

The Business Incubator project aims to foster sustainable livelihoods in Romania through SME development and to build national and local capacity as means to ensure sustainability of local business development efforts and initiatives.

Expected Output & Planned Activities

Support services for SMEs through business incubators/ Enhanced SME sector/ Network of business incubators established in Romania



Page last updated on 26/06/2012
Contact info

Project address

United Nations House, 48A Primaverii Blvd, 011975 Bucharest, Romania

Implementation Agency / Main Partner

Agency for Implementing SMEs Project and Programmes (Executing Agency)

UNDP Programme Supervision

Mircea Mocanu, National Officer, Head of Socio-Economic Section
Silviu Sandulache, Programme Assistant, Socio-Economic Section

Project Manager

Viorel Ruget
Email: viorel.ruget@undp.org,

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