Project “European Entrepreneurship School Programme as an Answer to Social Exclusion” (eESPASE, hereafter) was justified in the context of the need to adapt European society to the changes taking place in the model of welfare State as a result of the economic crisis. As it is quite self-evident, the crisis has affected a large number of individuals and has increased their chances of becoming socially excluded. Given this situation, European Governments alone cannot meet the needs of wider collectives and develop the necessary mechanisms for social cohesion.
It is necessary that civil society becomes the one to mobilize itself effectively under the principles of self-management and entrepreneurial initiative, so that individuals and social groups can assume the role of giving way and finding solutions to their own problems collaborating with the State. Therefore, the presence of social entrepreneurs is necessary to identify problems and social needs and address them through projects with a high social innovation. Project eESPASE made a contribution towards that direction, addressing European organizations working in the field of social entrepreneurship or wishing to do so and providing them with resources so that they could effectively pursue projects and activities in the field.