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Impact Entrepreneurship
Start date: Aug 1, 2015, End date: Mar 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Youth unemployment, social exclsuion of Roma people, no access to water, are some examples which were addressed through community restaurants, social supermarket, system of a water purification of cooperatives which are just some of the issues addressed through the approach of “teaching how to fish” through the model of social entrepreneurship. We believe that young people have an important role in addressing social problems in their communities and if they are empowered they can act as change agents in their societies. We want to introduce young people with social entrepreneurship and encourage them to use this tool for bringing a social change. 24 project coordinators, youth workers, young leaders from Malta, Poland, Romania, Latvia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Croatia, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Spain will be gathered in Avila, Spain from 12/12/2015 till 20/12/2015 where they will be exploring on the social entrepreneurship reality in Spain and learn from the positive experience of it. The training course main goal is to empower young people in using the entrepreneurial potential in bringing social impact, to support the learning of young people from the concrete experience and inspiring examples of social entrepreneurship in Spain, and to provide them with skills, knowledge, behaviors, and tools needed for starting a social venture ideas in their communities. To achieve the above aim of the training course we set the following objectives: - To introduce the concept of social entrepreneurship and develop understanding of participants in the key elements of social entrepreneurship. - To stimulate participants' creativity and develop participants with essential entrepreneurial competencies as idea presentation, fund raising and market research. - To promote the model of social entrepreneurship to the local community of Avila and present social venture ideas developed by the participants which will address the needs of the community. - To provide participants with abundant learning platform by direct meetings and interaction with successful examples of social entrepreneurs, sustainable and self-sustainable social projects and initiatives. - To support participants development of reasonable business models from their ideas for social change. - To promote European values with greater focus on social responsibility, mutual respect and tolerance. The training is based on non-formal education methodology and will combine experiential learning method, will use learner centered approach and encourage active participation in order to make participants' learning process smooth and achievable. First 5 days of the training course a great deal of the activities will be input based delivered by the trainers, expert guest speakers, and study visits. At this part of the training course the concept of social entrepreneurship will be introduced, entrepreneurial knowledge in fundraising and market research will be explored, the understanding of creative processes will be strengthen and learn to use them. The participants will gain new tools and practices in order to develop their idea for social venture in reasonable business model. The second part of the training will be output based by participants with support or mentoring by the trainers, where they will work on development of their initial concept into business model and presentation of idea for a social venture which will contribute to the community of the project venue. Through the project we believe that individuals and organizations will be encouraged and inspired to use the approach of social entrepreneurship to tackle the needs and the issues of their own communities. During the training course the participants will develop set of new competencies where among others will be idea presentation, teamwork, work in intercultural environment and mainly entrepreneurial competencies which will benefit their personal and professional growth and can apply them at their daily activities. In the long-term perspective we foresee that the social entrepreneurship that the experience of improving and developing business models realized by participants will have a long-lasting impact on the target group, and have a direct positive impact on social inclusion and raising employability opportunities for people in need.
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