Third edition of Entrepreneurs for Social Change

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The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAoC) and Fondazione CRT are launching the third edition of Entrepreneurs for Social Change, a one-year programme, which aims to support young entrepreneurs in the Euro-Med region, who, through their business activities, are committed to creating employment opportunities while promoting nonviolent social change.

The programme offers a one-week intensive training for 20 social entrepreneurs who are selected through a competitive call for applications from the 26 countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. Ten experts from the roster of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations provide training sessions on building business models, fundraising, generating employment, facilitating intercultural understanding, engaging local communities, and addressing marginalization.

After the training, the social entrepreneurs have the opportunity to benefit from both one-on-one and group mentoring sessions. Through these, participants practically apply the lessons they learn during the training, including how to approach potential investors, strengthen a business plan, and test social impact. One mentor will work with each trainee for a period of 9 months to incubate his/her entrepreneurial idea and help move it forward.

By drawing on the network of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and Fondazione CRT, the social entrepreneurs become part of an international community of practice.  This enables them to create opportunities to expand their start-ups, learn how to use intercultural challenges to their advantage, stay in touch with and learn from their peers around the world, present their projects to potential investors and donors, and become mentors for future entrepreneurs.

The 2015 edition of the program will start with a training from the 18th to the 25th October 2015 in Torino, Italy.  There is no participation fee and all participants will be provided with round-trip international tickets to Torino as well as accommodation, meals and visa support.

The call for applications to the third edition of the project closed on August 2nd 2015.

There have been 1.232 applications, against 340 received in 2013. 58% of the applicants are males, 42% females, arriving from 26 different countries: 233 requests from Palestine (against the 11 in 2013); 205 from Egypt, 105 from Jordan, 110 from Albania, 105 from Morocco, 59 from Algeria, 51 from Turkey, 36 from Italy, 22 from Spain, 21 from Syria, Lebanon, France, 18 from Portugal and Libya, 16 from Kosovo, 13 from Bosnia 12 from Greece, 14 from Macedonia, 10 from Montenegro e Serbia, 3 from Croatia; 2 from Cyprus, Malta and Slovenia.

Read more on the official project's websitewww.e4sc.org.