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.
Our toolbox contains financing and funding instruments targeting social enterprises and business support structures respecting the special needs of social entrepreneurs. It helps local and regional public authorities, business support organisations, development agencies and financial institutions to better support social entrepreneurship in their regions.
You can visit it HERE.
During a nine-month pilot program, the Development Bank of Saxony-Anhalt and MITZ Merseburg supported young startups - and those who wanted to become founders – in
developing their socially innovative ideas into marketable business models, thus
creating sustainable solutions for rural areas in Saxony-Anhalt.
DECEMBER 4, 2020
Fondazione Brodolini launched the 2nd December a national panel to discuss opportunities and challenges posed by the spread of smart working for cohesion policies in Italian internal areas.
Encouraging smart working is also an element of success for DelFin which supports the birth and growth of social entrepreneurship in rural area in Piedmont Region.
November 26, 2020
Achieving financial sustainability can be a challenge for social entrepreneurs.
During the month of November, German pilot participants had the opportunity to take part in online trainings, workshops and individual mentoring on the topic of financing and funding businesses.
NOVEMBER 3, 2020
The town of Duga Resa conducted their pilot visit on November 3, 2020. The meeting took place online and served as an exchange between project partners and stakeholders. Fortunately, project partners from all other countries, meaning Germany, Italy and Hungary, were able to participate in the meeting.
October 22, 2020
The first half of the pilot phase in Germany is already over, which means it is time for the midterm workshop!
The workshop teams examined the pilot program from two different perspectives: the organizational (internal) and the participant’s (external) perspective.
May 6, 2020
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.
December 2, 2019
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.
september 5, 2019
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.