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
- 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
|IFKA Public Benefit Non-Profit Ltd. for the Development of the Industry||Lead firstname.lastname@example.org||Hungary|
|RERA a.s. – Regional Development Agency of South Bohemia||ERDF email@example.com||Czech Republic|
|BSC Business Support Centre Ltd., Kranj||ERDF firstname.lastname@example.org||Slovenia|
|SBA Slovak Business Agency||ERDF email@example.com||Slovakia|
|ZSI Centre for Social Innovation||ERDF firstname.lastname@example.org||Austria|
At our first Policy learning Dialogue, we held Parallel sessions about Policy challenges in the SENSES countries in which both SENSES partners and policymakers discussed SE landscape and proposed actions for the Strategy. Discussing SE policy...
We are all in Zagreb and we are ready for the first Policy Learning Dialogue.
The main methodologies used to identify policy gaps and needs of social enterprises were desk research, expert interviews and a survey distributed amongst social enterprises. The core element of the landscape screening was a guideline for the...
SENSES identified good and transferable policy making practices and needs of social entrepreneurs in the Danube region In 2017 the first step of the acceleration programme of SENSES was taken. Screening the social entrepreneurial landscape in...
First Policy learning dialogue will be held in Zagreb (Croatia) on June 13th, 2018. SENSES partners will bring together policymakers from 10 countries to integrate the ideas and recommendations into Social Enterprise Strategy for the Danube region.