Q 1 What is a social enterprise?

While no commonly agreed definition of social entrepreneurship really exists, the definition adopted by this program is the following:

Structured and sustainable entity (e.g. as opposed to a short-term initiative), which has positive social change as one of its primary goals and which uses a business approach. The success of a social enterprise is not measured simply in terms of profits or benefits for investors, but also in terms of evidence of positive social change. In sum, for the social enterprise profits has to be the motor of its sustainability, but do not trump nor compromise the objectives of operating effective positive change in a given social context.


Q 2 Who is eligible for the program?

In 2017, in order to be considered for selection, candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. To have a social enterprise (or be in the process of establishing a social enterprise), which is either leveraging cultural and religious diversity or promoting broader social change and can potentially create economic opportunities and social inclusion for a specific community or across communities. The social enterprise can already be established or be in its initial stages, the applicant must demonstrate how its idea is grounded and sustainable.
  2. To be between 18 and 35 years by the deadline to apply.
  3. To hold a passport to be valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of entry into the country where the kick-off training happens (Italy).
  4. To have the social enterprise headquartered in a Euro-Med country.[1]
  5. To be fluent in spoken English.

Candidates who meet the requirements are invited to apply.

[1] For the purpose of this initiative in 2017, the EURO-MED countries considered are as follows: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, State of Palestine, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey.


Q 3 Why the program currently only focuses on the Euro-Mediterranean?

Entrepreneurs for Social Change was born in 2013 as a specific response to the situation of the region.

The Euro-Med area was recovering from the effects of the most severe economic crisis since the Second World War.

Across the region, a lack of opportunities for employment contributed to unprecedented levels of migration.  For those that remained in their countries of origin, the dividends of economic activity were not widely felt, and opportunities for upward mobility are still very few and far in between.

In many instances, this has led to increased tensions across different communities, and in some instances, it has been contributing to a milieu in which radicalization and violent extremism can more easily take root.

The typical responses to this situation tended to address social issues as separate from economic issues; in reality, they are closely tied and this interconnectedness is even more apparent in marginalized communities.

Entrepreneurs for Social Change was therefore shaped to comprehensively tackle the aforementioned issues by supporting young social entrepreneurs in the Euro-Med region, who, through their business activities, are committed to creating employment opportunities while promoting nonviolent social change.

Today, after having very positively tested the program in the Euro-Mediterranean region, we have come to realize that other regions of the world face many likewise social issues and we are therefore looking at various opportunities to expanding the program in other regions of the world.

For the new edition, Entrepreneurs for Social Change will still be limited to the Euro-Mediterranean, but stay tuned!


Q 4 How to become a mentor?

In order to become a mentor you can either apply by checking job openings as posted in the news section or, at times when there are no job openings, you can drop an e-mail to the coordinator of Entrepreneurs for Social Change, expressing your interest in collaborating: Francesco Candelari [email protected]


Q 5 What are the sustainable development goals and how they relate to the program?

The sustainable development goals (SDGs) are a universal set of goals, targets and indicators that the member states of the United Nations are expected to use to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years. They are available here: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs

We believe one of the most dynamic parts of societies around the world to actually pro-actively work in line with the sustainable development goals is represented by the critical mass of social entrepreneurs.

Social entrepreneurs de facto often embed more than one goals in their vision and mission.

We therefore first want to support social entrepreneurs to highlight the connection between their work and the sustainable development goals.

In the long term, Entrepreneurs for Social Change aims at showing evidence of the contribution of social entrepreneurs and make the innovative best practices they experiment in their lives available to be scaled at the global level by relevant policymakers.


Q 6 How to partner with Entrepreneurs for Social Change?

The community of practice of Entrepreneurs for Social Change is open to exploring partnerships and program development in other regions of the world, both at the institutional as well as at the individual level.

Here are 5 ways to engage in partnership with E4SC:

  1. By cooperating to organize a program with a similar format, tailored for the specific needs of the youth in a targeted geographical area.
  2. By offering in-kind support, as mentor, expert and/or volunteer.
  3. By entering a substantive partnership to exchange expertise, good practices and lessons learned with other social entrepreneurship initiatives.
  4. By investing in targeted social entrepreneurs part of our portfolio.
  5. By contributing to the creation of a trust fund for social entrepreneurs.

Should you be interested in discussing any of the above, please contact the coordinator of Entrepreneurs for Social Change, Francesco Candelari[email protected]


Q 7 Credits

All pictures are copyright of Giacomo Crescenzi and Damaso Reyes.

From 2013 to 2015, Entrepreneurs for Social Change has been run by Fondazione CRT in cooperation with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations


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