Social enterprises is a growing sector and not always recognised as such or given that particular label. Many social enterprises serve as a route to self-sufficiency and employment for graduates, school leavers and the long term unemployed from traditional industries or less economically developed regions. This form of employment and business model offers a viable alternative to community regeneration in areas where there is insufficient corporate investment.
The current project aims to address the lack of business support structures by developing an online incubator for social enterprises where they will be offered training, technical support, and knowledge transfer from most advanced regions/countries (such as Germany) to the ones with less experience (such as Cyprus) but also by creating a common curricula for the managers and trainers of these support structures.
The project aim is to develop an integrated pan-European approach to the educational and training support of social business in all of its forms
1. To identify and analyse stakeholders and existing Social Business Support Providers (SBSPs) across Europe.
2. To establish the OnlineIncubator which is a platform for communication, co-operation, training and resources.
3. The exchange of training and best practice of SBSPs/ infrastructures across Europe.
4. To develop a model of social business support (SBSM).
5. To establish a European (global) network of social business support providers (SBSPs).
- The Enterprise Centre Ltd, UK
- SYNTHESIS Center for Research and Education Ltd, Cyprus
- Technische Universitaet Dresden, Germany
- Socialiniu inovaciju centras, Lithuania
- AC Amics de la Biblioteaca de la Fontena, Spain
- Aydin Valiligi AB VE dis Iliskiler Koordinasyon Merkezi, Turkey
- IES - Social Entrepreneurship Institute, Portugal