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
SBA Slovak Business Agency ERDF partner Slovakia
ZSI Centre for Social Innovation ERDF partner Austria
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Project News

  • SENSES - Steering committee in belgrade
    - 25-02-2019
    Steering committee in belgrade

    Currently all our partners are in Belgrade and the 5th steering committee has just begun.  We are talking about the project implementation so far and activities that are ahead of us.

  • SENSES - Impact 2019
    - 25-02-2019
    Impact 2019

    Social enterprises are developing really fast in South-East Europe. Impact 2019 is dedicated to enhance and accelerate impact investing in Europe. SENSES supports Impact 2019 with all our hearts. On the final event of Impact 2019 conference,...

    - 25-02-2019

    On February 6th South Muntenia Regional Development Agency organized a Pitching Event within SENSES project. The aim of the Pitching event was to establish collaboration relations between CSR companies and social enterprises, such as: exchange of...

    - 25-02-2019

    We want to thank all brave women and men who decide to build a social enterprise! They are helping us in building strong communities that strengthen PEOPLE with disabilities. Apart from financial stability, they are helping them to grow...

  • SENSES - Our 4th newsletters has published!
    - 25-02-2019
    Our 4th newsletters has published!

    Season greetings are almost over, but we have one more surprise for you! Our 4th newsletter is out! We have been very busy this period and a lot of things happened, so our newsletter is longer than usual. Hope you enjoy it! Please click the...

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