SENSES - Strengthening Social Entrepreneurial Landscape through involving socially responsible corporate Practices in EntrepreNeurial CompetenceS and Skills enhancement in the DANUBE region

Social enterprises (SEs) are important drivers for inclusive growth and play key role in tackling current economic, environmental and societal challenges. However, examples of missing policy and legal frameworks, social investment markets and social entrepreneurship education are very common.

Motivated by the above challenge, the SENSES project aims to create a transnational network of social enterprises (SEs), socially responsible traditional businesses, (social) financial investors, policy-makers, academia, NGO practitioners composed by 600-800 members in total in the Danuberegion which will jointly promote an innovative social enterprise model as well as social innovation for the sustainable economic development of the Danube region.

SENSES, bringing together a partnership of dynamic and collaborative international environment of 8 Danube region partner countries and 5 associated strategic partners from Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Austria, Serbia, Croatia, Romania, Moldova and Belgium show divers picture of low viability of business models of existing social enterprises, nascent social investors and investment markets, mainly probono and donation-based SE acceleration programmes and fragile relationships between SEs and market actors.

As main achievement of project partners, 60 hours long digital (e-learning) material co-developed and co-designed by all partners will be created including theoretical economics, management, marketing, HR as well as sales management modules together with personalized mentoring and coaching led by CSR corporate representatives as a practice-driven “blended learning experience” for social enterprises in the Danube region.

                  SENSES Acceleration programme


Strengthening Social Entrepreneurial Landscape through involving socially responsible corporate Practices in EntrepreNeurial CompetenceS and Skills enhancement in the DANUBE region
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 1530777,5
ERDF Contribution: 1206904,37
IPA Contribution: 94256,5
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Innovative and socially responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Increase competences for business and social innovation


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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
IFKA Public Benefit Non-Profit Ltd. for the Development of the Industry Lead partner Hungary
RERA a.s. – Regional Development Agency of South Bohemia ERDF partner Czech Republic
BSC Business Support Centre Ltd., Kranj ERDF partner Slovenia
TCCIA Timis Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture ERDF partner Romania
SBA Slovak Business Agency ERDF partner Slovakia
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Project News

    - 04-10-2017

    SENSES partners gathered in beautiful Vienna on 19th and 20th September 2017 to jointly discuss project progress and next steps in project. Hosts of seminar and study visit were project partners from ZSI Centre for Social Innovation, notably...

  • SENSES - SENSES project is to host an Interreg Youth Volunteer
    - 19-07-2017

    The Lead Partner of SENSES is happy to announce that its submission to the Interreg Volunteer Youth (IVY) has been successful. IFKA is second in the partnership to apply, right after ZSI from Austria to apply to the same programme. This way both...

  • SENSES - SENSES project partners' team
    - 29-05-2017

    Some partners from our SENSES project have send us a picture of their great team with project poster so far, which show the following photos. We say thank you for the pictures. (Otherwise the partners’ official websites are available by...

  • SENSES - First regional stakeholder meeting held in Cakovec, Croatia
    - 25-05-2017

    Regional development agency Međimurje REDEA Ltd. held their first regional stakeholder meeting on the 24th May 2017. The aim of the round table was to bring together representatives of cooperatives, associations, companies, institutions, public...

  • SENSES - SENSES at ’MAF’ Hungarian Donor Forum’s ’Catalyst Workshop’ event
    - 27-04-2017

    On the 28th of April, the Hungarian Donor Forum organizes its ’Catalyst Workshop’, where the IFKA team will get a deeper insight into Hungarian good practices of corporate social responsibility. Participants will also discuss each practices and...

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Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)