Resc-EWE – Expertise Used to Improve Business Resilience

Toolkit for entrepreneurs

The RescEWE project has been awarded the European Enterprise Promotion Award 2023 in the Entrepreneurial Skills category. This is a great honour that confirms our belief that the tools developed in the project are valuable and support entrepreneurs in developing their businesses.

The ResC-EWE toolkit consists of 8 modules:

  • What is a company’s resilience to crisis situations?
  • Developing competencies that build a company’s resilience to crisis situations
  • Understanding the customer
  • Infrastructure and business operations
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Resilience in practice
  • Summary of key issues

These include practical tools in the form of an interactive PDF and eight instructional videos that introduce the user to each module. Taken together, these tools enable the entrepreneur to work independently on the key areas of business operations.


In addition, we have developed a special toolkit for family businesses, which includes the following modules

  • Storytelling in relation to family heritage
  • Family in the value proposition and business model
  • Succession checklist


To take full advantage of the functionality of the ResC-EWE Toolkit, please read the brief instructions below.

The toolkit consists of a total of 26 tools with explanations in 105 pages of clear presentation in an interactive PDF that uses active fields, pop-up explanations and prompts to ensure optimal usability for users. As intended, it is a fully digital tool that requires no additional resources. There is no need to print worksheets or switch between windows of different computer programs. With the exception of a few tools that require the download of Excel files, all tasks can be completed within a single document. VERY IMPORTANT: For the document to work properly, you must download it, save it to your computer and open it in Adobie Acrobat Reader DC.
* There is an Excel file in the toolkit on page 64 that you will need to download in order to complete it. The financial data in this spreadsheet can only be entered in empty cells. Cells filled with 0 contain formulas and are locked. Before filling in the file, make sure that each year contains cells covering 12 consecutive months. If this is not the case, click on the “+” sign at the top of the file.


Tutorial videos for each module:



The individual videos focus on key themes such as entrepreneurship, business planning and business resilience. Each video is approximately 7 minutes long. The MOOC methodology is based on the Business Model Canvas diagram developed by Alexander Osterwalder. To develop specific skills in practice, you need to study the video first and then go to the corresponding section in the practice section of the toolkit. The toolkit is divided into sections that correspond to the main topics covered in the videos. The toolkit contains innovative and practical tools for developing skills such as entrepreneurship, business planning, resilience and more! Each section of the toolkit includes reflection materials and an action plan.


The key objective of the project is to implement and share new training tools that will extend the expertise and know-how available in the area of business resilience, bearing in mind that crises are a natural part of the business lifecycles. The tools are going to be properly tailored to help the entrepreneurs, start-uppers, and students of the entrepreneurial majors. These are based on the Business Model Canvas, as well as on the experience of the entrepreneurs involved in the creative process with regard to the said tools. The results of the process will be shared with all of the parties interested towards the end of 2021.

The project is co-financed from the Erasmus +Programme of the European Union, within the programme Forward Looking projects.


As a result of the project, 5-episode MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) will be created. These episodes are going to act as a theoretical instruction material for the potential attendee – the entrepreneur. The course will be designed to guide the participant through all concepts contained within the Canvas model, thus allowing him to have a look at his business in a structured manner. Each of the MOOCs will be complemented with a set of tools allowing the entrepreneur to go through his/her specific case. The entrepreneur will also have an ability to use the tools autonomously, or in a mentor-mentee setting, with the mentor acting as a guide for change. Everybody going through the process will have a readily available strategy-building blocks set at his/her disposal. Above all, the entrepreneurs will also be able to have a fresh look on his/her business allowing him/her to implement the required changes. The owner who is aware of the circumstances, and a well-arranged business stand a greater chance of going through the crisis unharmed. The tools created are going to be user-friendly, downloadable, printable, and editable. More importantly though, they will also be universal and free of charge.

Resilience and Rescue Skills for SMEs, strengthening Early Warning Europe, ResC-EWE (MOOC’s and Toolkit)

The Toolkit includes a section for each theme, following the themes of the videos. The Toolkit includes innovative practical tools for developing your entrepreneurial, business planning and resilience skills – and many more! Each Toolkit section includes a reflection and an action plan – design your own action plan and share your ideas with your colleagues, business partners, mentors, or fellow students.

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The ResC-EWE toolkit includes 8 modules:

  • Resilience and Rescue Skills for SMEs, strengthening Early Warning Europe (ResC-EWE)
  • Resilience and skills development
  • Customer understanding
  • Infrastructure and operations
  • Financials
  • Management
  • Resilience in action
  • Key learning points





We have also prepared a special toolkit for family businesses, which includes the following modules:

  • Storytelling tied to the family heritage
  • Family aspect in value proposition and business model
  • Succession checklist tool

Download Family-business-related tools


ResC-EWE project continues the mission of the EWE project

The ResC-EWE project plans to redesign entrepreneurship training and counselling in the European education and training system through changing paradigms and mindsets that failing is not a shame but can be an asset towards more sustainably growing economies. This will be achieved through the integration of risk awareness skills, key risk identification and mitigation strategies as well as knowledge to seek advice in the strong Early Warning Europe network and the wide European network of enterprise consultancies.

ResC-EWE project continues the mission of the EWE project to change mindsets in European entrepreneurship education, training, counselling, policies and in society to see failing not as a shame, but as an integral part of the life cycle of a company, i.e. something normal and possibly a necessity, as opposed to a taboo.

The work in the Early Warning Europe has demonstrated that ResC-EWE, risk prevention and early mitigation, is urgently needed in Europe to reduce the number of start-ups failing within the first years. Three of the participating countries – Spain, Poland and Greece are particularly affected by many insolvencies and bankruptcies. If the ResC-EWE interventions can reduce the failures of SMEs by only 1% in these countries within the life-time of the project, the project will already have achieved a considerable impact with great benefits for local, national and European economies and for the people involved.

Who is ResC-Ewe for?

The tools developed within the framework of the project can be used by the family business owners, business owners in the SME sector, start-up owners, students majoring in entrepreneurship, education circles and organizations gathering the employers together.


The project is being pursued in five EU member states: Poland, Denmark, Finland, Greece, and Spain.

Why is ResC-EWE an innovative project?

The most ground-breaking objective and major challenge is to change mindsets in entrepreneurship, in education and training and society, recognizing the benefit of failure as a learning process and empowering “failures” to fall forwards, to start-up new companies while avoiding the mistakes of the past with clear KRIs and mitigation strategies and participating in learning networks to become more competitive and innovative.

The innovative practice will be transferred within the EWE/ResC-EWE network through emerging success stories and through pro-active communication and dissemination in local communities, in entrepreneurship education and at all policy levels.

Other novel concept in ResC-EWE is to mainstream ResC-EWE awareness and training into entrepreneurship training through the education, training and business counselling sectors in Europe. This will be achieved through the pro-active networking within Early Warning Europe. Another major innovation is constructing a European learning community for an extremely diverse target group with different challenges.

FFR in Project

Family Businesses Foundation has become one of the ResC-EWE project partners. Our role is to look out for the tools to match the challenges and requirements outlined within the target group – the family businesses. The Foundation is involved in the project at all stages. Based on the roadmap of skills that serves as a starting point for further work, we are co-creating a set of tools that the entrepreneurs can use to develop the expertise required for business survival. The Foundation is involving the Polish family business owners in the process at each stage of the project. The entrepreneurs take on a role of experts and reviewers. Thanks to their knowledge, the results of the project turn out to be useful and highly valuable for the family business circle in Europe as a whole. All of the experts work as volunteers – we cannot be grateful enough here.

Experts of the workgroup

Agnieszka Simon-Adamczewska

Agnieszka has been working as a managing partner at her own enterprise. She works in a role of a a business controller, designing and implementing decision support systems for executives in enterprises at various stages of development and in various conditions for the past twenty years. She has also been dealing with extensive due diligence for credible assessment of said condition and development of restructuring plans. Helping entrepreneurs create business models, valuate new projects and capitalize on more or less innovative ideas, she is working with founders of family business and startups, management boards as well as with VC partners. She also works in a role of an expert at the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBiR) and Polish Industrial Development Agency (PARP), mentor at VC funds, and, finally, at the Family Business Fundation. She is eager to take on any challenge, learn and travel to new places.

Ewelina Kosińska

Ewelina is the general director at a family manufacturing business. She also works as a blogger covering the convoluted matters related to succession, as a mentor, and as a volunteer at two foundations (FFR, F4XP). She manages several teams, also taking great care of professionalization of business. She is human-centered in her work, always seeking solutions, learning opportunities and development. After hours she is an avid reader, and a family focused-human being, devoting her time to her husband and her dogs.

Dorota Sało

Deputy Director at the Lower Silesia Intermediary Institution based in Wrocław. Restart BSR project manager and lecturer at the Wrocław University of Economics in the area of QA. PhD studens at the Faculty of Management at the Wrocław University of Economics. Dorota is also a women emancipation activist, working to improve the importance of the role women play in social, political, and business lives, with a particular focus she gives to the business integration and cooperation.

Joanna Śnioch

Joanna has been working in the domains of finances and insurance, restoration of real estate, real estate management and rent After many years of corporate management career she has founded her own businesses, going through numerous crises caused by internal and external factors. She is an avid globetrotter, likes literature, cooking, and restoration of vintage objects.

Anna Nowotna Nadziejko

Anna graduated from the University of Poznan – for 17 years she has been working in the field of business tourism, also managing the Sky Dreams business for 13 years. She has founded the entity in question to fulfil the dreams of those willing to visit the magical spots around the world in a manner that would be ambitious and interesting. Anna has already organized more than 350 events and trips to 80 countries for more than 25,000 persons in total. She says that discovering new things is her passion, and any trip begins at the planning stage and lasts until she remembers it. She is a strong proponent of chasing one’s dreams, not just telling people about them. She is eager to share her experiences and she treats working with people as a challenge that she is eager to take – either as an EWE mentor, or as a member of the Female Business Leaders Foundation. Anna spends her free time in interesting places, among optimistic people. She’s also a diver and has a passion for latino dances.


Resc-EWE Team in Poland

The EWE project in Poland is carried out by the Polish Family Businesses Foundation.

Portret Katarzyny Gierczak-Grupińskiej, Fundacja Firmy Rodzinne
Portret Katarzyny Gierczak-Grupińskiej, Fundacja Firmy Rodzinne

Katarzyna Gierczak Grupińska

Sociologist, MBA, certified social change leader and facilitator of the international New Leader Circle of FBN International. Founder and president of the Family Businesses Foundation from 2011. Under the Foundation, she opened the FBN International branch in Poland. Founding member of IFR. Co-owner of the family business GELG, which operates in the field of high volume metal processing. She persistently continues to develop space for family businesses since 2006, taking advantage of common experiences and practical knowledge to prevent repeated stumbling over the same obstacles and making the same mistakes over and over again, losing the most valuable asset of all in the process: time. She promotes the Family Business Tree Umbrella Brand, which symbolises the pride of family entrepreneurs based on the following values: tradition, honesty, and responsibility handed down from generation. Mother of two teenagers, her passions include natural environment and globetrotting.

tel.: +48 500 297 297, email: [email protected]

Eleni Tzoka Stecka
Eleni Tzoka Stecka

Eleni Tzoka-Stecka

She is a medical doctor, experienced manager in a multinational company (Servier Polska), certified Business Trainer (TROP), Business Practices Coach and Team Coach (Norman Benett Academy). Since 2008 she owns a consultancy and training business Epsylon Eleni Tzoka Stecka. She is a founding member of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council EMCC Polska. After graduating form the Wellcoaches School of Coaching USA she became a Health Coach. As a trainer and consultant she helps to create job standards for managers and sales representatives. Regularly, she organises Manager Academies which aim to develop managing and coaching skills of Polish sales managers both in Poland and abroad (Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Kazachstan). She lead projects such as: Train the trainers and designed sales departmental structure changes as well as skills systems. As a vice-president of Stowarzyszenia Łejery (Łejery Association, 2010 – 2014), she was participating in founding the first children theatre in Poland adjacent to the Łejery School in Poznań. Currently, she is involved in healthy lifestyle promotion and creation of pro-health workplace. She is a happily married with three children, literature, travel and yoga lover.

tel.: +48 603 093 532, email: [email protected]

Małgorzata Stromczyńska

She has graduated from Journalism and Communication at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. During the studies she had an internship in the University radio station, it became her hobby rather that an idea for life. Today she uses her reporter’s skills writing and editing the Foundations newsletter and social media contents. In her daily job she enjoys meeting interesting people and difference of opinions. She prefers to spend her free time actively as she gave into the running fad, although, she has best time when discovering Poznań through walking tours.

Tel.: +48 694 191 647 email: [email protected]

Konrad Bugiera

Beata Lichnowska


The materials published via the present site are a part of the Early Warning project that received EU subsidy within the framework of the COSME project (2014-2020).

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