Social Entrepreneurs Network Project

About the project

This project aims to improve and reinforce the young entrepreneurs’ capacity to respond to the challenges that the labour markets are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic or will face similar challenges in the future. The project seeks to foster cooperative learning environments, making them transformative and inclusive through the effective adoption of new methodologies, such as digital learning operationalized by the INSPIRE Live Hub. The INSPIRE’s goal is to improve skills for social entrepreneurs and increase the potential for social enterprise creation. The project will engage diverse stakeholders in dialogue and cooperation including non-profit associations, universities, training providers, social innovation organizations, research centres, and public agencies. The project will focus on the five Intellectual Outputs during two years:


Comparative Diagnosis of Social Entrepreneurship in Europe;


Model for the Social Entrepreneurship Network;




Public Policy on Social Entrepreneurship;


Lessons to INSPIRE;

The INSPIRE Social Entrepreneurs Network project will create a learning HUB that will develop inspiring apprenticeships processes based on the identification of transferable lessons from the formal and informal learning environment to support the development of a social entrepreneurship network in several European countries.

Within the scope of the project, The INSPIRE Live HUB Train the Mentors will take place during 5 days in Ireland. After training, in the pilot implementation process, 15 young unemployed people from each participating country will participate in the INSPIRE Live HUB through online learning that will help to create the network and also help them to design a social business model. With international Competition, the best social business models will win the Inspire Award for Young Social Entrepreneur and will have the opportunity to angel investors all over Europe. INSPIRE ÁGORA will be organized with participation of the local, national stakeholders in partner countries.

Other partners of the project coordinated by the Association Culturelle des Jeunes Turcs de Bar le Duc (FRANCE):

Workplace Innovation Europe is an international not-for-profit organization in Ireland, established to promote better, more productive and healthier ways of working through research, dissemination, policy advocacy and consultancy. The team of the WIE is expertise in workplace innovation, employment relations, skills utilization and development, economic development, public policy, media and communications. The organization created tools and resources that draw on international research to provide the practical knowledge needed in the workplace; and highlighted the role of trade unions and employers’ organizations as “knowledgeable participants” in workplace innovation.

The Innovative Thinking Association, founded by prioritizing the goals of “Sustainable Development,” to support the creation of ecosystems in the “existence” and development processes of individuals and communities in the globalizing world and produce an innovative influence on thinking systems. In order to counter critical issues such as poverty, migration, youth unemployment, social exclusion, climate change, and environmental problems, it aims to develop mechanisms and policies that will strengthen the development of 21st-century skills such as analytical thinking, creativity, innovation, digital skills, and problem-solving at local and national level. With a holistic approach and a multicultural work/ learning environment, the association carries out training and projects by adopting a design-oriented, innovative thinking lens for meeting all modern-day needs from individual to organizational, in coordination with a professional network national and international. ITA develops the program and training modules to take attention in global issues: critical thinking, design thinking, game-based learning, environment training tools, digital storytelling with promoting non-formal learning methodology.

Iscte is a public university established in 1972. Iscte is a high-quality public university distinguished for its strength in postgraduate studies and scientific research. It hosts approximately 9000 students in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs of its 4 schools: Iscte Business School, the School of Sociology and Public Policy, the School of Technology and Architecture and the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. The university also is actively engaged in collaborative projects, networks and partnerships around the world, including a range of European Union-supported educational, training and research programs. Iscte has established (inter)national cooperation with a large number of universities, research institutes and public, private and 3rd sector organizations. It has a strong link to and impacts on science, the economy, and society.

Voices of the World is a non-profit organization based in Brussels, Belgium. VOW works in implementing regional, national, European and International projects in social cohesion, diversity and integration, a European common education framework, entrepreneurship, and Edtech. It collaborates with other international stakeholders NGOs, educational and research centers, and companies to achieve its objectives. VOW promotes the involvement of youth in policymaking at the local, national and EU level, it provides digital literacy training: Coding, algorithms, graphic design, communications, and online education; educates and encourages the involvement of youth in advocating for environmental sustainability and going green. VOW uses a community approach to tackle the formal or informal educational gap that exists for all age groups. With the help of researchers and educators and youth workers. It aims to create sustainable solutions to societal and economical gaps. It often organizes socio-cultural activities in collaboration with the Flanders state of Brussels to promote regional social cohesion and integration for migrants, and provides training and integration guidance to refugees and migrants. VOW has been partnering and coordinating Erasmus+ projects since 2018.

İstasyonTEDU – TED University Center for Social Innovation, established on 8th April 2016, is a multifunctional co-production space, contributing to the development of social innovation and social entrepreneurship ecosystems, to support the strengthening of university-society interaction, and to bring social benefit-oriented actors together. İstasyonTEDU offers non-financial support to social entrepreneurs and social innovators; carries out intermediary activities that strengthen and unify the ecosystem by conducting trainings, consultancy, events, public dialogue studies and applied research projects.