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Exploiting Potentials of Social Enterprises through Standardized European Evaluation and Development System

Exploiting Potentials of Social Enterprises through Standardized European Evaluation and Development System

Recent years have seen a burgeoning interest in social enterprises (SEs) across Europe, strongly driven by a growing recognition of the role social enterprises can play in tackling emerging challenges.SOCIAL SEEDS brings together regional and national policymakers committed to drive social change in their respective regions and countries, by improving policy instruments (within the Operational Programmes they own as Managing Authorities).

Why social entrepreneurship matters?

Yet, despite interest in and the emergence of examples of inspirational and ‘disruptive’ social enterprises, relatively little is known about the scale as well as the ecosystems of the emerging social enterprise ‘sector’ of Europe as a whole. Particularly in the current period of economic and social recovery, social enterprises are able to bring innovative solutions for social cohesion and inclusion, job creation, growth and the promotion of active citizenship. Social enterprises contribute to smart growth by responding with social innovation to needs that have not yet been met. For instance, many social enterprises take it for granted to encourage workers to learn and update their skills. They also create sustainable growth by taking into account their environmental impact and by their long-term vision. For example, social enterprises often develop efficient ways to reduce emissions and waste or use natural resources. In addition, social enterprises are at the heart of inclusive growth due to their emphasis on people and social cohesion: they create sustainable jobs for women, young people and the elderly. It is precisely the positive impact of social enterprises on society, the environment and communities which can contribute to implementing the Europe 2020 Strategy and the aim of the Single Market Act for a 'highly competitive social market economy'.

What policy landscape is available in Europe designed for boosting social enterprises?

Despite most social enterprises lack adequate resources (access to finance, markets, skilled workforce, supportive policy measures, entrepreneurial skillsets), yet, only eight countries (Bulgaria, Greece, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Sweden, and United Kingdom) have a policy framework in place to encourage the development of such enterprises via legal, administrative and financial instruments. So far, the diversity of national economic structures, welfare and cultural traditions and legal frameworks have meant the main burdens for measuring and comparing social enterprise activity and competitiveness across Europe.

Our solution to Europe's challenge - SOCIAL SEEDS approach for better and more efficient policies at regional and national levels

Motivated by the above challenges, SOCIAL SEEDS aims to to equip policymakers with evidence-based policy diagnostic tool that increases the effectiveness of local and regional policies and instruments for stimulation of growth and employment (preferably of vulnerable social groups) in social enterprises (SE) including their ecosystems in European cities and regions. To this end, regional and local government-run measurement and labelling scheme addressed to social enterprises (SE) will be established in order to help policymakers’ concrete actions towards creating the right conditions to allow the sector to thrive. This new scheme will be fully exploitable regardless of sectors, size of enterprises, maturity and aligned throughout three different policymaking spheres, namely the micro, mezzo and macro-levels.

SOCIAL SEEDS project co-funded by INTERREG Europe Programme.

SGE - SMEs Growing in Europe
FFWD Fast Forward Europe is an initiative supported under the INTERREG EUROPE Programme that is designed to ensure competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (abbreviated as SMEs). FFWD Fast Forward Europe is an initiative supported under the ...
Baracsi Mária
International project leader
Tel: +3613122213
Email: baracsi@ifka.hu
Date of Project End:January 31, 2020
Participant:Small and medium-sized enterprises
Type:International
FAST FORWARD EUROPE- FFWD EUROPE
FFWD Fast Forward Europe is an initiative supported under the INTERREG EUROPE Programme that is designed to ensure competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (abbreviated as SMEs).
Baracsi Mária
International project leader
Tel: +3613122213
Email: baracsi@ifka.hu
Date of Project End:
Participant:Small and medium-sized enterprises
Type:International
RaiSE
Enhancing social enterprises competitiveness through improved business support policies
Baracsi Mária
International project leader
Tel: +3613122213
Email: baracsi@ifka.hu
Date of Project End:
Participant:Improved access of enterprises, including social enterprises working for society
Type:International
SOCIAL SEEDS
Exploiting Potentials of Social Enterprises through Standardized European Evaluation and Development System
Baracsi Mária
International project leader
Tel: +3613122213
Email: baracsi@ifka.hu
Date of Project End:
Participant:Social enterprises
Type:International
REBORN Embracing failure to encourage entrepreneurship and competitiveness
REBORN is a 48-month initiative supported under the INTERREG EUROPE Programme.
Baracsi Mária
International project leader
Tel: +3613122213
Email: baracsi@ifka.hu
Date of Project End:
Participant:Small and medium-sized enterprises
Type:International
DANUBE S3 CLUSTER
Strengthening Social Entrepreneurial Landscape through involving socially responsible corporate Practices in EntrepreNeurial CompetenceS and Skills enhancement in the DANUBE region
Baracsi Mária
International project leader
Tel: +3613122213
Email: baracsi@ifka.hu
Date of Project End:June 30, 2021
Participant:Social enterprises (SEs)
Type:International
DanubeChance2.0
Embracing failure to facilitate second-chance entrepreneurship in the Danube region Business entry and exit are natural processes that are inherent to European economic life. In fact, 50% of enterprises do not survive the first 5 years of their life, ...
Baracsi Mária
International project leader
Tel: +3613122213
Email: baracsi@ifka.hu
Date of Project End:June 30, 2021
Participant:Small and Medium-sized enterprised
Type:International
Finance4SocialChange
Leveraging Finance 4 positive Social Change Social entrepreneurship (SE) has become increasingly relevant in today’s economic setting as social changes have mounted,(World Economic Forum, 2017) while at the same time, public funds in many countries are ...
Baracsi Mária
International project leader
Tel: +3613122213
Email: baracsi@ifka.hu
Date of Project End:June 30, 2021
Participant:Small and Medium-sized enterprised
Type:International
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 ...
Baracsi Mária
International project leader
Tel: +3613122213
Email: baracsi@ifka.hu
Date of Project End:
Participant:Social enterprises (SEs)
Type:International
Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs - Entrepreneuship is a Woman
coming soon...
Baracsi Mária
International project leader
Tel: +3613122213
Email: baracsi@ifka.hu
Date of Project End:
Participant:Young and Host Entrepreneurs of the SME sector, regardless of their industries
Type:International
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