European Conference on Social Entrepreneurship

On May 13, the month of the social economy in Romania and the Republic of Moldova, the ADV Romania Foundation hosts the most important event dedicated to the social economy in the eastern region of Europe.


What to expect?

The Enterprising for Tomorrow Conference will bring together EU-level leaders, government and policy leaders, social entrepreneurs, investors, foundation and nonprofit leaders from Romania, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, on May 13, 2021, to engage in a virtual dialogue around Social Enterprise, to educate and inspire investment in positive impact.

Together with 28 speakers with international expertise we will discover more about the businesses of the future, the opportunities we can create for our community and how we can be at the forefront of the new paradigm that is changing the business world.


You will find out exclusive information about:

- The ecosystem of social entrepreneurship in Romania-Republic of Moldova-Ukraine

- Financing business with social impact

- Impact investments

- Global and European trends

- Social economy barometer in Romania

- Models of good practices in Romania and the Republic of Moldova



Who is it for?

»For young people who want to become leaders in the communities they belong to

»For the leaders of organizations with social impact

»For opinion leaders interested in sustainability and social responsibility

»For entrepreneurs with a social mission

»For impact investors

»For decision makers with a role in sustainable and inclusive development


Context and relevace if the event

There are over 2.8 million social enterprises in Europe, accounting for 10% of EU business, and more than 13.6 million people work for them, or 6.3% of employees in the EU! The social economy sector involves more than 82.8 million volunteers, the equivalent of 5.5 million full-time workers. The sector also includes over 232 million members of cooperatives and mutual societies.

Social enterprises are more oriented to society and people than traditional businesses, being a tool used in combating poverty and reducing social inequities. It is the reason why European Commission and more and more EU countries bring this issue on the public agenda. It is a common goal of these countries to create a development framework that is as favorable to social enterprises as possible, if we want to develop a society in which "no one is left behind".

The development of a favorable ecosystem is a desideratum, if we want to make the most of the potential that social enterprises can have in creating inclusive jobs, in developing products and services friendly to man and the environment, developing a society in which “no one it is left behind ”.


The role of social enterprises in the economy:

• Social enterprises are a useful tool in combating poverty and reducing social inequities.

• Social insertion enterprises create jobs for people from vulnerable groups and have a strong pedagogical dimension.

• The development and promotion of social enterprises can result in short and long term gains for public budgets by reducing public spending and increasing tax revenues compared to other ways of tackling social problems.

• Social enterprises may be more effective in achieving public goals than traditional private enterprises because of their roots and knowledge of local needs and their social mission.





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