Interreg Central Europe project CE Responsible, sustainable model to support social entrepreneurship aims to improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in Central Europe. It is primarily motivated by the lack of long-term support for social entrepreneurs.
The implementation of project activities is planned for the period from April 1, 2019, to March 31, 2022. Project value is 2.305.950,00€ and project is supported by the INTERREG Central Europe Programme of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Total co-financing amounts in 1.913.507,50€. Project consortium includes project partners from Slovenia, Italy, Germany, Croatia, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Austria.
Innovativeness of proposed approach is based on mobilization of successful entrepreneurs’ willingness to support social innovation and social entrepreneurship. Those socially responsible and altruistic entrepreneurs in CE who would like to offer their resources to social entrepreneurs and are genuinely altruistic would create a self-sustainable framework for reaching their goals, in cooperation with social entrepreneurs.
It is driven by ambition to change the current situation of most partner countries where social entrepreneurship depends mainly on public funds to a model where successful private entrepreneurs will have supporting role. Through altruistic entrepreneurs’ funds, work and knowledge, social entrepreneurs will get quality support, while altruistic entrepreneurs will get an organized system to provide support. Consequently, both key target groups will reach their goals, by cooperating together. This will also be a positive change for the whole system because social entrepreneurship usually mostly depends on public funds and this way the government would be able to save or relocate funds.
The project will allow a transnational mutual learning process of partners with different experiences, but similar challenges.