Improvement of the social entrepreneurship networking and educational possibilities in the Baltic Sea regionAt the end of 2017 a project of NGOs and social enterprises from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Poland and Denmark has been launched in order to provide more qualitative support for social entrepreneurship network in Baltic Sea region for the next two and a half years.
Why?Taking into account the necessity of tackling with social challenges social entrepreneurship (SE) has been recognized as a powerful tool to engage people and solve a lot of issues. However, a lone fighter is never enough, so the network building is the key to success of social enterprises on a country, regional or international level. Social entrepreneurship in some European countries is still weak and needs special effort of promotion, legal support, financial investments, networking or simply more information on opportunities and effective management to make an impact and Baltic Sea region is not an exception.
What?One of support instruments run by Baltic Sea region countries’ NGO and social enterprise network is www.socialenterprisebsr.net online platform that gathers information about social entrepreneurship practices, development opportunities, researches and events connected to SE, as well as contains the database of social enterprises to collaborate with. The platform was created in terms of Erasmus+ project “Social entrepreneurship development in Baltic Sea region (SEBS)” in 2014 and since then has accumulated some knowledge on the topic.
Main objective is to continue development and widening of new network and share best practices by promotion, education, advocacy and research about social entrepreneurship within Baltic Sea region countries. The project will also help to improve performance and efficiency of existing and new startups in the field of social economy.
Who?Project partners include: Social Innovation centre (Latvia),Sociale Entreprenører i Danmark (Denmark), Stowarzyszenie “Baltycki Instytut Spraw Europejskich i Regionalnych” (BISER) (Poland), Kasvuhuone – Growth Room Cooperative (Finland), Kveikja (Iceland), Eesti Külaliikumine Kodukant (Estonia), Socialiniu investiciju fondas (Lithuania).
Kasvuhuone - Growth Room cooperative was founded in 2012. It is a spin-off from Social Entrepreneurs' Association in Finland, which organized since 2009 a variety of events, education and trainings for social enterprises. Members at the cooperative have wide experience from public and third sector, business development and coaching as well as financial management and product development.
We are a social enterprise. Our mission is defined in our rules as follows: "The purpose of the cooperative is to enhance the creation of impactful and profitable social enterprises. Most of the profit is directed towards developing the cooperative further."
We offer a wide range of coaching, training and consultancy services to the impact community, and participate actively in national and international development projects in the social enterprise field.
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