SocStarter

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SocStarter: International training Program to change social change through entrepreneurship in Belarus

Minsk, BielorrusiaMinsk
Project Stage:
Growth
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

SocStarter is a multi-sectoral partnership that co-creates a unique training program and platform for 270 enterpreneurs in Belarus in the next 3 years. Development of their competences, confidence, network & coaching in starting a social enterprise drives innovative, social and sustainable change!

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

- Education in Belarus is not fostering free thinking enough - Enterpreneurship doesn't have a good image - Social issues are not in focus BUT Innovative enterpreneurs have ideas, but lack skills/knowledge/network/access to funding/coaching

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Develop Social Enterprises: to change the mentality of thinking about the government as the only actor of change & drive young innovative entrepreneurs. In 3 years we run 6 SocStarter program cycles for in total 270 social entrepreneurs. Build on successful pilot: 7 social businesses kicked off as the result Encouraging us to continue the development of SE to address social issues and to strengthen entrepreneurial skills in Belarus Ensure sustainable social impact: Bringing the corporate and public sector together encourage multi-sectorial cooperation. SocStarter will create a platform of dialogue through the build-up of seminars and events. International expertise offers solution to the lack of expertise in marketing and sales in Belarus
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

One of SocStarters’ social enterprises Mivia aims to tackle the problem of the physical and psychological barriers for people with disability. By providing paid consultation for business in Belarus to become disability-friendly & raise awareness Mivia creates opportunities for people with disabilities to get hired. Mivia gained 3 clients on making their office space accessible (also UN Country office in Belarus). More than half of SocStarter projects focused on providing services that did not exist before and thus improving lives of people. ‘Happy home’ creates awareness about training and employment opportunities for young people with autism. ‘Gift of Banks’ creates a shop that employs people with disabilities.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

The main impact will emerge and scale from the social entrepreneurs (SE) which are further developed through this program. In 3 years we expect to develop training and consultation on SE as regular services. There will be a professional community developed that can drive the recognition of SE in Belarus (tax decrease, legal regulations, SE as a legal entity recognized by law) SE will be publicly recognized as source of employment and life improvement, connecting public and private organizations to encourage cooperation. 5-10 year plan is to open a social HUB.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There are few initiatives that work in the sphere of SE: Talaka.by – it was developed after first SocStarter ended in Feb 2014 and provides an online course for Social entrepreneurship. Bel.biz – develops entrepreneurship in IT sphere There are initiatives that develop start-ups in general, without a special focus on social entrepreneurship Bel.biz is already a partner since the beginning of SocStarter, and we see the other initiatives and projects as potential partners, not competitors in developing awareness on entrepreneurship, especially social.
Team

Team

Denis Kondratovich is a real entrepreneurs who has the drive to inspire and train others to bring out the best in them. Business developer and Marketing experts. Yuliya is an expert in non-formal education and learning, has more than 8 years of experience of elaborating and running training programmes for young people, as well as specialists (trainings for international organizations (UN agencies), Belarusian NGOs, international educational activities). Being active in social sphere in Belarus for more than 13 years, Yuliya has a wide network of social and other organizations. Masha Cheriakova is also an organizers & networker who can put the right people into the right place with a business admin degree. all three have the right motivation & network of people to realize a sustainable project