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Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

In today's social and economic environment that is constantly changing, some new forms of entrepreneurship that have emerged a greater emphasis on social efficiency and less interest in economic profitability. In this context, the proposed action is intended to help both ways in the field of social economy. First, by providing a critical analysis of a series of terms drawn from the tank of the field of social entrepreneurship. Subsequently, the supply of appropriate and adequate knowledge of a series of institutional framework issues, practical issues and empirical results based on the national and international experience in order to prepare competent staff to meet future challenges in the social economy. The mobility of the consortium members in this action, it is expected that the future will lead to: a) strengthening the entrepreneurial culture in this model of entrepreneurship, b) in new outlets in the operation of small and medium enterprises (enhancing the adaptability, sustainability and competitiveness), c) outlet for the unemployed and employment growth. Achieving these objectives is particularly important because the acquired new knowledge and enrichment of existing knowledge, enhance the skills of the staff of the consortium and render it capable of proposing a new - an alternative model of economic development based on respect for particularities local communities, enhances multiculturalism showcasing local customs and general lifestyle and culture. In the long run is also expected to enhance the openness of local communities and businesses operating in them resulting in the removal of their isolation and their access to European markets with innovative products and services. Further development of the model of Social Entrepreneurship is expected to contribute to strengthening social cohesion. Important role in this will play or already expressed intention of the consortium partners to exploit the existing legal regime that encourages similar entrepreneurial endeavors. After completion of the mobility program stakeholders the consortium plan to disseminate the experience gained in concrete action related to a first step in: a) the organization of a meeting regarding social entrepreneurship and the development of relevant studies by region b) the investigation of the officers of the conditions prevailing at national level and affect the development of social enterprises c) designing and implementing programs of lifelong education and training in social entrepreneurship In a second stage: a) networking of existing social enterprises b) the development of innovative methodologies and tools to facilitate the establishment of social enterprises, and finally, c) the development and application of innovative methodologies and counseling tools with the use of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) d) the integration in the labor market of vulnerable social groups. Finally, the executives of the consortium that will participate in the proposed action will constitute the core diffusion of the benefits of this business model that proposes an alternative path to development where a dominant role will have the human factor, respect for the environment and resources and not only the pursuit of profit.
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