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 This project is co-funded by European Union through the Interreg- IPA CBC Programme  -

Social Entrepreneurship

Ecosystem Development - SEED

Contract No. RD- 02-29-156 / 12.07.2019


The project will stimulate social entrepreneurship capacity building of youths and NGOs and encourage development of ecosystem & innovative solutions to the region societal challenges.

The project encourages individual development of the youths and NGOs through investing in people, in their capacities and creativity, and empowers them creating opportunity for jobs or own business, improves their social skills, new interactions and network by transferring knowledge and developing skills of young people and NGOs for social innovation and entrepreneurship, stimulates them for innovative thinking and contribution to development in the region and social cohesion, support networking between them and thus the competitiveness of the region. The process of developing innovative social business ideas and the mentoring support will stimulate development of new social products, services, technologies and capabilities to investigate and run a business in social economy, introduction of new working methods, better and more efficient networking. On long run this brings more income which means more growth and translates into better living standard. Involved NGOs will improve their knowledge and skills in delivering services to meet the community needs, to mobilize local resources and be more financially sustainable. The whole society benefits from innovative ideas and solutions of social entrepreneurship and ecosystem that address society’s needs. The project entrepreneurial environment for startup or employment in a social enterprise may turn current clients of social support institutions into partners who actively strive for the improvement of their lives. It makes sense that social economy is one solution toward building a stronger, more cohesive Europe!


The overall objective is:

The aim of the project is to contribute to raising awareness and development of social entrepreneurship by strengthening the trust of direct beneficiaries and institutions, building strong relationships and networking, encouraging employment in the region, through related interconnected activities in two main areas:

  • Intensive work with direct beneficiaries (youth and non-governmental organizations) to build social entrepreneurship capacity


  • Joint efforts of stakeholders (public authorities, educational and social institutions, social enterprises, business associations, social business supporters, etc.) to raise awareness and develop an ecosystem for support of social innovation and cooperation.


Target groups of the project are:

  • Youth, students from high and vocational schools and university;

  • Disadvantaged youth such as young people in risk of social exclusion, unemployed youth of NEET,s marginalized target groups, young people from minorities

  • Non-governmental organizations

  • Public authorities and institutions dealing with social initiatives and entrepreneurship

  • Social enterprises

  • Business and educational organizations, media


Main activities:

  • Campaign for Social Entrepreneurship awareness and ideas gathering

  • Social Entrepreneurship Hubs establishment

  • Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem workshop

  • Knowledge transfer and skills development on social entrepreneurship

  • Social Entrepreneurship Camp

  • Intensive learning in EU country

  • Cross-border Social Entrepreneurship Marketplace

  • Cross-border Conference on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Information and Publicity



  • Supported joint start-up and self-employment initiatives

  • Number of participants (split into men and women) in supported training and qualification initiatives

  • Number of enterprises receiving non-financial support

  • Supported initiatives for economic development and investment promotion

  • Number of cooperation networks


Total duration of the project: 15 months




 Foundation for Development of SME, s-Regional centar Strumica, R.N.Macedonia 


 Business Incubator- Gotse Delchev, Entrepreneurship Promotion Centre - R. Bulgaria


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