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The 24 month RESONATE project aims to connect Regional Social business iNcubaATors from Austria, Spain and Italy in a nEtwork to exchange knowledge on their current practices in relation to providing training, mentoring, coaching activities to social entrepreneurs in their regions (surroundings of Graz, Milan and Barcelona).

Project partners

Social Business Club Styria (Koordinator)

Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini

DE FACTO Cooperativa

Social entrepreneurship is key for employment creation, economic growth and it also enhance social inclusion and tackle societal challenges through business initiatives.

Entrepreneurship is one of the 8 key competences for life-long learning defined by the European Institutions. Social business incubators support social entrepreneurship through providing not only services, such as office spaces, consulting, but have an important role in developing attitudes, transfer knowledge and improve skills through non-formal learning opportunities. These organisations have diverse offers from 2-3 hours coaching to several month long intensive mentoring programmes.

These organisations have diverse offers from 2-3 hours coaching to several month long intensive mentoring programmes. These training sessions cover several topics that help the creation of new social ventures and the strengthening of existing ones. Social entrepreneurs can learn how to develop new ideas, build business models, measure their impact, administer a new company or become self-employed and be prepared for investment.

Short-term joint staff trainings are planned in order to share and discuss good practices and develop competences of 12 trainers, coaches, mentors of the participating organizations. Different methods will be shared in order to improve capacities within the three social business incubators to provide higher quality, more modern training activities, coaching, mentoring to social entrepreneurs. This will be also directly disseminated within the national and international network of the organisations, but RESONATE project has also a longterm objective to make this strategic partnership possible to grow with the involvement of other international partners as members.

Joint staff training sessions will have similar structure in each country with special thematic focus building on the complementary expertise of the organisations:

1. Interpretation of social entrepreneurship, regional eco-system mechanisms, policy support and recognition of non-formal learning.

2. Finance market, relations with investors, investment readiness programmes and impact assessment.

3. Good practices in relation to engagement of social entrepreneurs as learners and training portfolio and methods.

After each training session a working paper will be published on the RESONATE website and will be shared within the professional community through EPALE, Erasmus+ as well.

Dissemination of results will not only be web-based, but opportunities to meet local stakeholders and disseminate project results will be ensured at workshops on the last day of each training activities. Indirect target groups of the RESONATE project are those social entrepreneurs that operates in the three regions and those people of disadvantage background for whom these small business work for. They will also get information on EU policies, funding programmes and Erasmus+ future opportunities for themselves.

The project will directly result in a small transnational network of regional players in the field of social entrepreneurship with a potential to grow at European level. RESONATE project focuses on providing transnational peer-learning activities for social business incubators that provide their training services to social entrepreneurs operating more as a business rather than a non-profit organisation.

The planned impacts of the project are mainly expected at staff, organisation, local and regional level; however project participants will seek the opportunity to channel the results to EU policy making. Planned learning outcomes for participants are better understanding of the different regional social entrepreneurship eco-systems, its organisational and financial aspects, impact assessments, creation of training portfolio and usage of different methods, enhanced knowledge on supporting decision-making. Participants' competencies in relation to the use of innovative tools within their training, mentoring and coaching activities will be also increased. It is expected that participating social business incubators will improve their organisational capacities and training opportunities. Social entrepreneurs as the indirect target of the RESONATE project will benefit from a more modern, adequate to the 21st century challenges training methods and trainers, mentors with higher expertise. All over by developing the key competences of social entrepreneurs will help them to better start up or scale up their businesses and be able to reach higher impact within their operating field, being that either helping people with fewer opportunities, tackling environmental challenges or contributing to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations.

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