Social entrepreneurs in Eastern Partnership countries are providing crucial support to communities in need, but they need support from investors for their impact to grow and to be sustainable in the long term. These are the main conclusions of a survey conducted by ‘Collaborate for Impact’, an EU-funded project led by the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) to raise awareness about and develop social entrepreneurship and social investment in the Eastern Partnership countries and Russia.
The study gathers data from over 180 social entrepreneurs from across the region. The country snapshots give key insights into their needs regarding long-term financial and organisational sustainability, scaling opportunities, type and size of investments sought for growth and increased social impact. The data shows that most social entrepreneurs in the region seek an investment of below €50,000, mostly to develop infrastructure.
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