Project context

Despite the passage of several years since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the coronavirus continues to threaten health and life and wreak havoc on the economy. Many countries are still struggling with the consequences today, and ordinary citizens are the most affected.

Fortunately, since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been a multitude of top-down and bottom-up initiatives that have provided real help and support, especially for vulnerable groups who have found it difficult to take care of themselves.

During the worst months, but also to this day, it is especially important not to overlook the role of social entrepreneurship, which is not limited to doing business just for profit, but solves real social problems.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, grassroots initiatives driven by pro-social motives deserve special attention. In times of crisis, such activities arise spontaneously in response to perceived problems. Localism and grassroots initiatives have great importance and an important role to play as social ties and quality public services become a priority. In addition, social enterprises have been able to take advantage of government and EU support to maintain jobs. But what are these social enterprises?

Social entrepreneurs are organizations that solve social problems through business techniques that promote values such as empathy, social solidarity, entrepreneurship, zero waste, decent work, and respect for other people.

Given the global consequences of the pandemic, the impact of such entities may diminish, forcing those involved to close them. Nevertheless, it is worth remembering that social enterprises are one of the most effective ways to integrate people who are disadvantaged for various reasons into the open labor market. People from disadvantaged groups or those at risk of social exclusion are those who are disadvantaged in life and are most often absent from the labor market. Social enterprises aim to reintegrate these people into society at both the professional and social levels.

Therefore, this project was created to equip young people with the necessary methodology to develop and foster an entrepreneurial mentality and skills with a special focus on social aspects.