European rural regions are facing several societal challenges, especially an ageing population, brain drain and unemployment. Social innovation becomes more important for developing solutions that are sustainable. There is a clear need to adapt business support infrastructures and measures offered by regional or local authorities to the special needs of social enterprises.

 The DelFin project is promoting social entrepreneurship in rural regions which face special transformation challenges related to advancing economic and social innovation.

The participating rural regions in Germany, Hungary, Croatia and Italy is working together to improve funding schemes for supporting social entrepreneurship. The project is facilitating cooperation of quadruple helix actors and develop a toolbox for the promotion of social entrepreneurship in rural regions. This will also be tested in four pilot actions. In addition, eight capacity building seminars with a focus on municipalities and finance institutions will be organised to further spread the knowledge. Moreover, the participating regions will be equipped with actions plans to ensure sustainability and mainstreaming of project results.

News & events

September 29, 2020

Ten selected projects in the italian pilot Program

Finpiemonte and Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini facilitated the stakeholder meeting to present the ten projects selected among 55 applications for the pilot program. 


September 17, 2020

Piloting new ideas in Sachsen-anhalt

More than fifteen participants with ten different ideas shape their future businesses with our help.

sachsen anhalt interreg delfin entrepreneurs

JULY 30, 2020

Italian Kickoff meeting

Italian kickoff meeting of the is an
experimentation of a spread incubation program over territories, involving the internal areas of 3 provinces of Piedmont.

social entrepreneurship

JULY 10, 2020

kick-off meeting in germany

German tandem partners entered the official pilot phase with their pilot kick-off workshop, which was held on July 9, 2020. 

kick-off meeting in germany

JULY 3, 2020

Toolbox for the promotion & support of social entrepreneurship

Delfin toolbox is online now - business support structures/services, financing schemes, evaluation tools. Toolbox with practical information on how to support social entrepreneurship. Check it out!

promotion & support of social entrepreneurship

may 7, 2020

Call for pilot proposals in Italy

"Social challenges in rural and mountain communities" initiative will involve 293 municipalities in 3 different provinces - Torino, Cuneo and Biella.

italy proposal

May 6, 2020

Online Transnational Working Group Meeting

Instead of meeting in person in the cosy town of Duga Resa in Croatia and seeing the progress made in the local pilot project for social entrepreneurs, they will have their first online meeting of this format - due to covid-19 situation that has affected us all. 

croatia meeting

March 25, 2020

Pilot program in Germany!

German tandem partners started their search for potential participants for their pilot program until - deadline is May 25, 2020.


February 25, 2020

Social enterprises in Focus: facts, needs, opportunities

Multiplier event presented social enterprises from Hajdu-Bihar county and other parts of Hungary. These were Balmaz Tészta, Strázsa Tanya, Hajdú-Bihar County Enterprise Development Foundation and Badur Foundation.


February 20, 2020

ITALIAN stakeholder meetings

Italian partners held two additional meetings with local stakeholders.


February 1, 2020

Workshop in Debrecen: Promotion of Social Entrepreneurship in rural regions

How to promote Social Entrepreneurship especially in rural regions?


January 24,


Finpiemonte  and Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini, met the stakeholders of Cuneo to share the next steps of the Delfin project for the implementation of pilot actions. 


January 30,

Stakeholder meeting Italy

The Italian partners, Finpiemonte and Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini,  met  the main association of cooperatives in Turin Province.

DECEMBER 17, 2019


The tandem partner of Piedmont met, through online conferences, with four good practices from Germany and Croatia.

December 2, 2019

Supporting social enterprises in Saxony-Anhalt

Social enterprises realize business ideas that not only generate financial profit but also make a positive contribution to society and the environment. In order to promote them and their business models, financing and consulting services must be further developed.


DECEMBER 9, 2019


Finpiemonte and Fondazione Brodolini met the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Biella, LAG (local action group) of Biella  and the social consortium Il filo da tessere.

italian stakeholder meeting

september 5, 2019

County Government

On the 5th of September the 1st regional stakeholder meeting for Hajdú-Bihar County Government took place in Debrecen. Hajdú-Bihar County Government and IFKA invited stakeholders involved in the support of social entrepreneurship and also social enterpreneurs active in the region.

July 8, 2019

Italian stakeholder meeting

The 8th of July 2019 the stakeholders meeting for Piedmont Region took place in Torino. 

Fondazione Brodolini and FinPiemonte invited stakeholders involved in the theme of supporting social entrepreneurship in internal area of the region.

November 26, 2019

Transnational transfer workshop Croatia

Transnational Transfer Workshop Croatia took place in Zagreb on November 26, 2019. The purpose of the workshop was to provide input for the development of tools and instruments for promoting social entrepreneurship.

croatia stakeholder delfin

december 2, 2019


On the 2nd of December 2019 the Transnational Transfer Workshop of the German tandem partners took place in Merseburg.

July 2, 2019

DelFin Stakeholder meeting in Saxony-Anhalt

On the 2nd of July the 1st regional stakeholder meeting in Saxony-Anhalt took place. 

Stakeholder meeting

May 14-15, 2019

DelFin Kick off meeting in Saxony-Anhalt

The DelFin kickoff meeting was held in Magdeburg, Germany, on 14-15 May 2019. 










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