SEE – Social Enterprising Europe [closed]
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SEE (Social Enterprising Europe) is a European project, supported by the LLP Programme/Grundtvig of the European Union. The project started in November 2012 and will last at the end of October 2014.
The aim of the project is the development and testing of a shared program and training materials in social entrepreneurship.
The financial crisis unleashed economic fear throughout Europe bringing high unemployment rates, increasing poverty and widening social gap. The pressing economic situation demands a new way of thinking and developing instruments which will bring both prosperity and social welfare and cohesion.
Social business is one of those instruments, a concept which integrates innovative business practices and substantial contributions to social prosperity. It is a job creation tool as well as it reaches social objectives. Initially defined by the Nobel Prize laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus, social business means tackling social problems using the economic, financial and management instruments proper of business (Yunus, 2005). Social business in its core is an activity aimed at solving a social problem through a business. As “normal” business, it generates a profit, which will be invested for social purposes instead of being given to stakeholders. In a way, social business means integrating an ethical perspective in business. The start-up of a social business has two positive sides: generating new jobs, and tackling a social issue at hand.
Starting up a social business is not the same as starting up a conventional business. A social business requires detailed understanding not only of a market, but also of the social issue at stake, it requires applying non-profit management instruments, and assessing not only financial results, but also social ones. For these reasons, available training programs and materials in entrepreneurship (business planning, management, accounting, etc.) only partially satisfy the needs of actual and prospective social entrepreneurs. New training programs and materials are therefore needed for providing effective support. This is the scope of this project.
November 2012 – October 2014
With this project we aim at making training in social business accessible to many, and making it an option for more people, especially young people or people looking for a second career. In particular we aim to integrate and improve the current offer of social business training providing high quality training materials and a sound template program targeted to:
1. Prospective social entrepreneurs
2. Active social entrepreneurs
3. Business trainers at academic and professional schools and in informal learning
4. Start-up coaches at start-up centres
Major steps of the project will be:
:: definition of the framework and requirements analysis
:: definition of the training program
:: actual development of training materials and of the learning platform
:: identification of case studies and their development (seed will lead this phase)
:: training of the trainers
:: quality assurance of the results and of the project
:: dissemination and promotion of the project and its results
:: CVO Antwerpen (project coordinator) (Belgium)
:: Associazione seed (Switzerland)
:: ZIP Institute (The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)
:: Govanhilll Community Development Trust (United Kingdom)
:: TRANSFORMANDO, S.COOP.MAD (Spain)
:: Social Enterprise Academy (United Kingdom)
:: ALTIS Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy)
:: CP StartUp – Università della Svizzera italiana (Switzerland)
:: YES Foundation (The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)
:: Fondazione Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
- Promoting Social Business among Youth in Macedonia
- Training young entrepreneurs for success in Skopje, Macedonia
- Seed participates in Global Social Venture Competition
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