Joint Venture: new synergies between entrepreneurs and NGos

Mar 4, 2021News

The new project Joint Venture – Business between socially excluded people and NGO – has had its online Kick off Meeting the 4th and 5th of February with all its partnership from five different European countries. The launching of the project has been successful and exciting as it is believed to reach good achievements thanks to the tools that will be developed and the expertise of the organizations involved.

The project aims at designing and implementing a new hybrid methodology of incubation of “Joint Ventures” involving people at risk of exclusion who want to create a new business and that could do it with the guidance of an NGO and of the business world.

According to the data linked to the recent pandemic situation, this type of collaboration is essential to mitigate the effects of unemployment, the effects of a growing social exclusion and a low rate of employability in Europe, where the need of new valuable skills is very high. Strengthening entrepreneurship is a determining factor as it is a transversal element that can help people to fit into a European dynamic of socio-economic development.

The objectives of the project are:

  • to design and build an incubation methodology in order to establish new joint ventures between people at risk of exclusion and NGOs and so to create a new model of collaboration between them;
  • to develop a training course focused on the aim of giving more tools and skills to the future entrepreneurs;
  • to create sustainable business models for people at risk of exclusion and share the tools with the business world, NGOs and EU administrations.

Along with CSC Danilo Dolci, the other partners are: COMMUNITY ACTION DACORUM, UK (Project Coordinator), FI GROUP from Spain, CASA IOANA from Romania, CEED from Bulgaria and ASOCIACIÓN CON VALORES also from Spain.

The KoM was a successful opportunity for all the partners to present themselves and establish the very first bases of a good relationship meant to last for the duration of the project – 30 months – and beyond. It was also important to set the modus operandi for developing the tools and the first Intellectual Outputs IO1 – “Adapted Incubation Programme Design”: research and development of social entrepreneurship training contents at the EU level, adapted to the target of stakeholders involved.

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