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   Ground Up: Social Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Boost For Resilient Cities”

After 3 implemented Key Actions 2 programs, we are fully speed continuing with the fourth Erasmus + Key Action 2 “GROUND UP: SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEM BOOST FOR RESILIENT CITIES”  and in the middle of November we had our Kick-off meeting.

The project is supported by the Erasmus + program, focuses on development of place-based methodologies enabling youth organizations and other actors to build ecosystems that boost social entrepreneurial activity. It  includes 11 organizations representing North Macedonia, Costa Rica, South Africa, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Austria, Denmark, Ecuador, Serbia and Peru.

“GROUND UP: SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEM BOOST FOR RESILIENT CITIES” addresses these needs by developing a mapping methodology for social entrepreneurial activity in the field of youth contextualized to cities and local communities.

Within the projects the youth organizations will be able to:

          - identify challenges and obstacles that inhibit supportive environments;

          - strengthen social entrepreneurial ecosystems from the ground up, enabling cities to identify smarter paths of empowering young people;

          - identify transferable good practices from initiatives, projects with high social and environmental impact;

          - understand the needs, motivations of stakeholders involved in developing social entrepreneurial ecosystems;

          - create a unified evidence-based framework indicating elements critical to success locally.

National Workshops


As part of the project implementation plan and the effective development of the methodology the following workshops were implemented, which provided valuable insight into the status quo in North Macedonia and its ecosystem for social entrepreneurship. 


On September 15th at the Center for support of Social Enterprises the first workshop took place with the relevant stakeholders from the civil sector in North Macedonia. They had a lot of information to share and a few recommendations to share in order to improve the quality of the methodology. 


The second workshop took place at the RYCO offices on the 22nd of September 2022, where many relevant representatives from the state institutions attended and presented their views of the methodology. The information that the participants shared aided the methodology by navigating the state regulations. 


The third and last workshop took place on the 18th of October, 2022 at the Youth Hub. This workshop was focused on the wants and needs of the social enterprises in North Macedonia. These remarkable individuals gave their input on the methodology and supported the methodology as a necessary tool in their work. 



International Events


As the project is smoothly progressing the latest international activity in this project is the implementation of the training course where from October 24th to 30th, experienced young people and youth workers finalized the methodology for the evaluation of the social entrepreneurship ecosystem in Belgrade, Serbia.



This was preceded by two seminars whose purpose was to  develop the methodology. The first seminar took place in Skopje, North Macedonia where the cornerstones of the methodology were set and updates for the local researches were shared among the consocium. It took place from the 15th to the 21st of May 2022, bringing representatives from all the participating countries allowing for a very productive in person environment. 

During this week the participants visited the Social Enterprises Centre in Skopje where they gained additional knowledge regarding the content and the structuring of the methodology.  




The second seminar took place in San Jose, Costa Rica from the 3rd to the 8th of July, 2022, fully utilizing the decreased pandemic regulations. The event was dedicated to the development of the methodology as well as creating action plans on the further implementation of the project. The hot weather definitely didn't aid in the working atmosphere but the participants gave it their all to hit the goals and achievements planed for this event. 



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