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

    - 06-12-2018

    We want to distribute the knowledge that we gain through implementing the project. So, we will organize free workshops in all partner countries for the existing and potentially new social enterprises.  Workshops in Slovakia have already begun...

    - 30-11-2018

    Bagel Бејгл was awarded WEEmpower certificate for their efforts on advancing Sustainable Development Goals and improving the position of women and girls in our society and globally! The certificate was awarded at...

    - 07-11-2018

    We have just kicked off series of trainings for social entrepreneurs in Slovakia starting with the introduction to social business and how to create a good business plan.

    - 06-11-2018

    Privredna komora Srbije presented to the national newspaper projects about social entrepreneurship that they implement. Regarding the SENSES project, they presented the activities that have been carried out so far and the activities that follow....

  • SENSES - Policy Learning Dialogue - WORKING DINNER
    - 23-10-2018
    Policy Learning Dialogue - WORKING DINNER

    We all came to the beautiful city of Bratislava for SENSES second Policy Learning Dialogue. Currently we are exchanging ideas for new projects and discussing SE enviroment in SENSES countries with our associated strategic partners.  

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