Don’t dump your used cooking oil down the sink!

Social enterprise BOLJE from Slovenia found a perfect solution for it.
They are second in the world to produce vegetable candles and make-up kits from used cooking oil, which is carefully selected, cleaned and treated. With this method, everyone is able to make their own candles. OILRIGHT is more than just a nature-friendly candle; it is the most environmentally friendly recycling method for used cooking oil.
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Coordination of the social economy sector

The Regional Centre of Social Policy in Rzeszów runs a project named „Coordination of social economy sector in podkarpackie voivodship”. One of the main aims of the project is the popularization of social enterprises in the region by the promotion of local products and services as well as undertaking marketing initiatives for social enterprises in the region. Within the frame of this activity, the local public television TVP Rzeszów prepared a series of documentaries called “Społeczne podkarpacie” (Social podkarpacie) presenting prosperous social enterprises of the region. The series presents Professional Activity Establishments, Centers for Social Integration, Occupational Therapy Workshops and Social Cooperatives which create job opportunities for those who have been unemployed and threatened by social exclusion for a long time, as well as enable the rehabilitation of disabled and chronically ill persons.

TVP Rzeszów broadcasts the series but it is also possible to watch all the episodes free of charge on the website specially dedicated to this series:

Besides the popularization of social economy entities, the series aims at raising awareness concerning social enterprises in the region, creating a positive image of social economy entities and increasing general knowledge about social economy.

SENTINEL as a good example at the Impact 2018 conference 

Zagreb hosted the Impact 2018 conference on the 14th of February 2018. Over 150 participants had a discussion on social economy, social and impact investment and social innovation.

The special panel on Social Impact Investing raised the following questions: what is the current state of social impact investing? How is it different from traditional investing? What type of investment can bring the best social and financial returns? The moderators, Ewa Konczal (EVPA) Rohit Dave (Twilio Impact Fund), Rod Schwartz (ClearlySo), Primož Šporar (Sklad 05 Foundation for Social Investment), Marta-Patricia Aparicio y Montesinos (Business Angel) and Dinko Novoselec (Feelsgood Fund) stressed the importance of good support for social enterprises in order to shrink the risks of investors and the need for a closer co-operation between all stakeholders.

SENTINEL was mentioned as one of the best examples.


Maribor was officially announced the European capital of social economy for 2018.

This is also the year when Slovenia has a mandate for the chairmanship among the EU countries in the sphere of social economy. The announcement is for Maribor is an opportunity to promote social entrepreneurship and its further development. We are more than happy that the pilot activities of the SENTINEL project will be implemented by Foundation Prizma and Fund05 in the region.

Buying from Social Enterprise

Buying from a social enterprise is one of the easiest and most effective ways of breaking the cycle of disadvantage and strengthening Australian communities.

The power of buying socially means that every time goods and services are bought from a social enterprise, positive social change is also created. Buying Social is something that can be done by consumers and by government and business through responsible social procurement strategies.

When government and business choose to buy from social enterprise we refer to this as social procurement. In essence, you get the product or service that you would have gotten from a commercial supplier, but you also get the added value created through jobs and opportunities for people who may have struggled to find work, reinvigoration of depressed or marginalised communities as well as driving better business outcomes through improved staff engagement and positive brand messaging.

The simple decision to buy from social enterprise can deliver huge benefits to individuals and communities. People who have spent years out of work are often the target beneficiaries for social enterprises. A job for one of these people can be transformational, for that person and for their family. When you consider that tens of thousands of people are benefiting from social enterprises across Australia, we can see that it is a significant agent for social change with enormous potential to scale its impact.

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9 Mobile Apps That Are Taking Social Entrepreneurship to the Next Level

While the idea of social entrepreneurship isn’t new, it has taken a more concrete definition only recently. Twenty years ago, The Rise of the Social Entrepreneur by Charles Leadbeater was published, commenting on how a ragtag group of misfits and dreamers were mobilizing business resources and tactics for helping deprived communities or even lost causes.

The book set fire to the imagination of many entrepreneurs who wanted to pursue a higher calling. More motivated by tangible social change than inflating profit margins and satisfying shareholders, the social entrepreneurship movement has finally come of age and is an established business practice today.

As information technology has become more ubiquitous with business, its effect on social entrepreneurs was all but inevitable. The democratization of technology is empowering more people with information and creating value like never before. The mobile revolution has only taken this idea even further.

So, while being part of massive social change until recently could only be considered by people with deep pockets and big ideas, today everyone can contribute to something they care about. As long as you have a smartphone -- and who doesn’t -- you can now contribute to whatever issue you care about and have fun while you’re at it. Here are nine mobile applications that can help do just that.

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SozialMarie Call for Applications 2018

For the 14th time SozialMarie will be awarded. We are looking for projects that design and implement socially innovative solutions to societal challenges. Last year 190 applications have reached us from Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia and Slovakia, 15 projects were awarded SozialMarie prizes on 1st of May 2017.

Are you implementing a socially innovative project which addresses present-day social challenges, conflicts and problems? If yes, then please submit!

Since 2017 all projects are to also be submitted in English so as to facilitate international exchange of knowledge and experience. Try consulting our growing database of submitted projects on our website.

More information: Call for applications & Application form


One member of SENTINEL's partnership, Social Impact is looking for innovative early stage  social entreprises from  Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, CzechRepublic, Hungary, Kosovo, Montenegro, Poland, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia for the 3rd Startery Central &Eastern Europe summit on Social Innovation in Budapest, Hungary 13.11. – 17.11.2017.

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Lead partner - The hungarian charity service of the order of málta

The Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta will be the Lead Partner of the project, coordinating and supervising all activities and responsible for the management and communication work packages. Meanwhile, partners dealing with local level management and coordination will also fulfil their reporting obligations. HCSOM is also assisted by external experts. The entire team of the project will be in constant contact with the partners, regularly informing them of the results and experiences.
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Rzeszow Regional Development Agency (RRDA)

RRDA is a public body, established in 1993 by the self-government of Podkarpackie Region (PR). Its objective is to support the development of the region, to improve the quality and standard of life, and to advertise and promote the possibilities offered by the region. RRDA was the first institution in PR supporting and granting new social initiatives, especially the development of social cooperatives. From 2007 RRDA is a regional support institution for social enterprises  in Podkarpackie Region.  RRDA will actively participate in all project activities. It will work together with the other Polish partner, ROPS in mapping SE support and networking initiatives and analysis of SE’s support needs in Poland. RRDA has significant experience in implementing and managing regional, national, cross-border and international EU co-financed projects. “Social enterprises as a chance for long-term unemployed.”

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Trentino Federation of Cooperation

Trentino Federation of Cooperation (FTC) is a non-governmental private organization founded in 1895. It groups together almost all the co-operative enterprises of the Trentino region (ca. 500). FTC acts as representative of the local cooperation system, providing assistance, consulting, supervision, political representation and auditing services to coops in all business sectors (i.e. credit, retail, agriculture, labour, social, services and housing). FTC has 180 staff members who carry out social reporting, inter-cooperative projects, research and studies on social enteprises, innovative trainings, as well as European projects and international initiatives. By grouping cooperative credit banks, FTC facilitates the match between potential social services and tailored financial instruments. FTC also supports young entrepreneurs in the start-up of new cooperative enterprises.

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Ústav sociálních inovací o.p.s. (USI) is the member of SENTINEL's partnership. USI has experience in working with social innovation aspects since 2002, including involvement of local, regional and other different stakeholders into the project implementation. We have implemented projects oriented on social entrepreneurship, methodology transfer for quality of training in social enterprises in the Czech Republic. It will be pleasure to share good experiences inconnection with social enterprises in SENTINEL.

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Social impact

Social Impact’s team for transnational projects are pleased to be part of the SENTINEL, fostering the development of social entrepreneurship across the Central European region. The non-profit Social Impact gGmbH is Germany’s first social start-up incubator and runs currently more than 20 incubation programs in the field of social and inclusive entrepreneurship. SENTINEL has a European teamwork and the spirit for social innovation in Europe.

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central european initiative - cei

Established in 1989, the Central European Initiative is the largest intergovernmental forum for regional cooperation in Europe, encompassing 18 Member States from Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. CEI is committed to support European integration through the promotion of regional cooperation in various areas of intervention outlined in its tri-annual Action Plan. In its Action Plan 2014-2016 CEI identified two priorities to which the project contributes: “Sustainabl Economy and Development” and “Inclusive Society”. 
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KONETT Team is a consulting and training firm partnering with organizations from various sectors. During 17 years of operation we have worked with more than 100 partners and more than 4000 people. KONETT Team supports organizations mainly with change management, organization and business development, project consulting and mentoring, training. We have worked in big international projects supported by the EU and other donors. We have been active in social sector projects for more than a decade. We think we can contribute to the success of SENTINEL project with our practice of enterprise support that entails business planning, mentoring, capacity building and change support.

We initiated a new service called Change Clinic for managers and leaders, the promo video - an animation - can be seen here.


Fund 05's role in the project is, among other activities, researching and mapping current state of support networks and initiatives with special focus on finance and investments. Together with PRIZMA, we will create cases connected to the Handbook and Toolbox needed for outstanding support of social enterprises. Afterwards we will contribute to pilot testing in Slovenia, specifically, in parts dealing with social business investment. We're excited about SENTINEL project because it gives us an opportunity for taking steps towards creating better support system for social enterprises.

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Foundation for Improvement of Employment Possibilities (PRIZMA) was funded with the purpose to improve competencies and employment possibilities of (un)employed, to match supply and demand on the local/regional labour market, to contribute to new jobs creation and to faster response to dynamic changes in the local/regional labour market.
Being one of the partners in SENTINEL, PRIZMA will pursue its goals in creation of new jobs through development of social entrepreneurship and social inclusion, with special focus on strengthening the support environment for social entrepreneurship and encouraging transfer of knowledge of experienced entrepreneurs to beginners.

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The Regional Centre of Social Assistance in Rzeszow (ROPS) is engaged in the development, updating and implementation of the regional strategy of Podkarpackie Region in the field of social policy. Our main goal is to popularize the idea of social entrepreneurship, build partnerships for the development of social enterprises, organize conferences and campaigns to promote this sector. ROPS will be involved in the pilot action coordinated by RRDA, in which experimental learning methods designed for potential social entrepreneurs will be tested. ROPS will also contribute to drawing up policy recommendations which will effectively address regional policies.

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Social impact

Social Impact’s team for transnational projects are pleased to be part of the SENTINEL, fostering the development of social entrepreneurship across the Central European region. The non-profit Social Impact gGmbH is Germany’s first social start-up incubator and runs currently more than 20 incubation programs in the field of social and inclusive entrepreneurship. SENTINEL has a European teamwork and the spirit for social innovation in Europe.

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SENTINEL is a transnational project, and already has a lot to tell in its name, about what the project staff will do in the next 3 years. Demographic changes have started in recent years (shrinking population, migration, brain-drain), increasing social segregation and disintegration, especially in rural areas, represent serious economic challenges for the countries of the Central European region. In these regions social enterprises, if they are helped by a supportive environment, can be real drivers of social inclusion and work integration.

While many of the emerging or operating social enterprises in these areas need longer incubation and specialized assistance, existing support structures seldom reach the most deprived territories and do not take into consideration local needs, e.g. lack of human resources, skills and isolation of these places. Sentinel can help here, first of all, as a guardian or a mentor to encourage these social enterprises, which in many Hungarian disadvantaged regions provide almost the only job opportunity for local people.

The main goal of the project is to reduce regional inequalities in the participating countries and to strengthen social enterprises, to be able to play a prominent role in their local economy.





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