Industry: Education and training

Maria Pasat

I am the administrator of Vibe Academy S.R.L., which I planned since I was in school when I dreamed of an IT Education Centre for children, which would offer up-to-date courses in high-performance laboratories and in an attractive and non-formal way. Since then, more than ten years have passed, during which I have worked as a teacher, mentor, methodologist, manager, and project assistant in various organisations. I managed to accumulate the knowledge and experience necessary to found an academy that in one year managed to open 2 branches and train more than 240 students.

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Elena Mina

I am the director of “Mothers in Action”. The mission of the NGO is to create an active community of women entrepreneurs, with a focus on mothers, in order to improve the welfare of citizens and the social and economic development of ATU Gagauzia. “Mothers in Action” contributes to the development of social entrepreneurship in the ATU Gagauzia by: providing information and advisory services in the field of social entrepreneurship and business support for women and young people; promoting non-formal education and active interaction with young people; offering a comprehensive...

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Igor Hîncu

I am co-founder of EduJoc, expert in games, volunteer, mentor, and social entrepreneur. In 2012, I launched EduJoc, with the mission to give a chance to all children in Moldova to have at least one educational toy in their home that suits their age, temperament, and personal needs.

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Aina Idrisova

I like to create spaces for learning and development. Therefore, both initiatives have an aspect of promoting non-formal education. My experience ranges from that of facilitator to creative manager. I want to make a positive change in my community through different methods – from volunteering to running my own social enterprises.

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Vitalii Pcholkin

At the age of 19, I suffered a serious injury that forced me to see life from a different perspective – from a wheelchair. It took me years to learn to take care of myself and to start my own family. At the start of the war in 2014, I used my experiences to create InvaFishki – a project that changes the quality of life of people with disabilities. Subsequently, the information platform began to generate numerous requests for goods that either did not exist in Ukraine or did not exist at all. This was what inspired me to create a social enterprise for the supply and production of assistive devices...

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Liubov Trybun

I have been in business since I was 16. I am the owner and business manager of the STEP Computer Academy. I am also the co-founder of the social enterprise Holiday Empire and organise more than 50 projects and annual events with offline audiences of more than 7,000 people. I won the annual Silver Tower Polissia award in 2004, a presidential grant for gifted youth in 2006, the Young Economy competition in 2007 (in the Economy and Independence of the Media category), and the Star Manager 2018 award from the VolWest Group. I believe that companies should be socially responsible and should implement...

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Daria Lysunets

Our oceans are polluted, the number of animals is getting smaller and smaller, and the elderly are living out their lives in terrible conditions. This is all humans’ fault. But we can fix it! We mustn’t ignore these problems, because the future is in our hands! Personally, I try to help society in various ways. I join charities, help the poor and teach children English and German. I think that education, and young people’s desire for change, will help us to overcome our challenges and advance towards a bright future!

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Alona Korovnyk

This is my second year in business. I offer high quality educational services to a variety of clients, including children and people from socially disadvantaged groups. I decided to do this because I noticed that there was a prevalent trend at work: ‘if you don’t have money – you don’t get quality services’. I wanted to disrupt this idea.

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Olesya Likhachova

I am a correctional teacher from Kharkiv. I believe that entertainment can bring more people together than joint studies or even the work process. Everybody enjoys entertainment!  But inclusive joys are possible only if there are conditions for all participants, regardless of their physical capabilities, intellectual potential and communication skills. They all can play, have an equal chance to prove themselves and even become winners at the inclusive entertainment places. Our mission is to unite everyone in entertainment and make a holiday for everyone. We aim to create a leisure environment...

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Oleksandra Tsyuman

My name is Sasha, and I want to tell and show the residents of our city how new products can be made from unnecessary household plastic with the help of special equipment. With the team of supporters, we want to develop a mainstream for reuse, sorting, and recycling the waste in our city. We dream of creating a “Precious Plastic” studio, in which masters, architects and designers will work permanently, develop new types of recycled plastic products, produce them and then sell them. I have analysed dozens of similar “Precious Plastic” studios worldwide and know how to...

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Kyrylo Chikiryakin

My name is Kyrylo. I have been implementing social projects in waste management on a volunteer basis for four years. We want to continue implementing social projects. We are specialists in this field and understand the pain and problems of the city. Therefore, I believe social entrepreneurship is essential for creating a sustainable model of team functioning and developing similar projects. It was the reason for creating the concept of a public waste sorting station. The station is an opportunity for city residents to sort waste, bring it to the station, and receive gifts and points for it....

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Julia Vorman

The Warm Line project was born due to my desire to help others. As a matter of fact, I have a visual disability and I truly understand all the obstacles a person with a disability faces when looking for a job. I know how it feels to hear endless excuses and rejections. When I tried applying for a position as a psychologist in kindergartens and schools, I heard too many times the following standard employer’s answer: “We can’t create special working conditions for you.” That is why I understood that I needed to create my own job. At first, I didn’t understand what kind...

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Anastasia Ponomarenko

I want to open my own office for pediatric practice including the opportunity to consult online and doctor home calls. My goal is to provide high-quality, and most importantly, affordable medical care for children. For example, a “mother-to-be school” will teach how to properly care for children, how to identify “red flags”, and when to see a doctor immediately. I will also advise mothers on breastfeeding. I also plan to organise charity trainings, seminars and lectures on the topic of “First aid for children,” and conduct sex education lessons for middle and high school...

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Victoria Novac

I’m a social entrepreneur, a play expert, a volunteer, and mother of Elisa and Rebeca. I have been volunteering since the age of 15. In 2008, I won an award for most active volunteer of the year. I am a graduate of Aspire Academy, YTILI, One Young World, Changemakerxchange, SEECEL, Responsible Business Generation. I have mentored and guided young people who wanted to open a business. I take care of the next generation. I like to think that I contribute alongside their parents and teachers to the education, training and growth of a new generation, which we dubbed ”The EduJoc Generation”....

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