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EU4Youth - Unlocking the potential of young social entrepreneurs in Moldova and Ukraine (2020-2023)

The project is implemented in partnership between Pro NGO! and the Gustav-Stresemann-Institut (DE), Egalite International (UA), AXA Management Consulting (MD), ECO-RAZENI Association (MD), National Assistance and the Information Centre for NGOs in Moldova CONTACT (MD).

The 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 for the promotion of social inclusion and environmental sustainability across both countries.

The objectives of the project are to:

  1. improve the legal framework for social entrepreneurship (SE) in Moldova and establish respective legislation for Ukraine based on Moldova’s best-practices;
  2. improve the 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;
  3. motivate more youth to start social start-ups and raise the recognition of SE contribution to social inclusion and reduction of inequalities;
  4. strengthen relevant business support structures for young entrepreneurs in both countries, including start-up funding.

Key activities:

  1. Establish an active network of 500 social enterprises contributing to the promotion of public-private partnerships in Moldova and Ukraine;
  2. Create an 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 that focus on environmental sustainability and have proven records offering employment opportunities for marginalised youth.
  3. Opening of 6 Social Entrepreneurship Labs in six most depressed and remote regions in Ukraine, ensuring outreach to underprivileged youth including young women/single mothers.
  4. Raise public awareness on social entrepreneurship, integrate social entrepreneurship topics into the university curriculum, and support young social entrepreneurs to earn public recognition for their innovative efforts to tackle social exclusion, inequalities and environmental degradation.

The project started in February 2020 and will last for 30 months. Further information can be found on www.euneighbours.eu (project page).