EU4Youth: Unlocking the potential of young social entrepreneurs in Moldova and Ukraine

Project Description
The "EU4Youth: Unlocking the potential of young social entrepreneurs in Moldova and Ukraine" project helps to foster the social entrepreneurial potential of young people in Moldova and Ukraine by establishing a favourable ecosystem for social enterprises as well as by inspiring and supporting more young social entrepreneurs to develop and sustain their innovative solutions to the promotion of social inclusion and environmental sustainability across both countries. The project is funded by the European Union under its EU4Youth Programme.
Specific Objective
- to improve the legal framework for social entrepreneurship in Moldova and establish this legislation for Ukraine based on Moldova’s best-practices;
- to improve capacity of young social entrepreneurs in business administration, fundraising and advocacy activities for promoting social enterprises’ interests through the development of a Moldovan-Ukrainian network of young social entrepreneurs;
- to motivate more youth in Moldova and Ukraine to start social start-ups and recognise their contribution to social inclusion and reduction of inequalities;
- to strengthen relevant business support structures for young entrepreneurs in both countries, including start-up funding.
Expected Results
- an active network of 500 social enterprises is established, which will contribute to the promotion of public-private partnerships in Moldova and Ukraine;
- creation of EcoHub supporting young social entrepreneurs, which will play an important role to stimulate mutual learning, information and best practice exchanges among young social entrepreneurs, as well as provide seed funding for 15 best social start-up initiatives with a strong focus on environmental sustainability and proven records on employment opportunities for marginalised youth;
- 6 Social Entrepreneurship Labs will be opened in 6 most depressed and remote regions in Ukraine, ensuring outreach to underprivileged youth including young women, single mothers and local people;
- an increase of public awareness on social enterprise, integration of social entrepreneurship topics into the university curriculum, and young social entrepreneurs are supported to earn public recognition for their innovative efforts to tackle social exclusion, inequalities and environmental degradation.
Project documents
Public hearings on the recommendations for amending the legal framework in the field of social entrepreneurship in the Republic of Moldova
Publication of legal and economic analysis on social entrepreneurship in Ukraine
Baseline study on social entrepreneurship in Ukraine
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Award ceremony of the contest for journalists and bloggers on social entrepreneurship in Ukraine
International Conference of EUnlocking project “Best legal practices and support programmes for social entrepreneurs in Moldova and Ukraine”
Public Hearings on Legal Recommendations for Social Enterprises in Moldova
Priority Area:
Partnership that creates, Partnership that empowers
Youth (entrepreneurship & skills development), Civil society
Youth, Civil society
EaP Countries:
Republic of Moldova, Ukraine
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