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Social Entrepreneurship and Education for youth

Social entrepreneurship is a force that is starting to drive the world market as we know it. Nowadays businesses that do not have a social impact are bound to fail. As a young person and an aspiring entrepreneur, it is your responsibility to make sure that your business will thrive through social actions and practices.

To learn how to separate social entrepreneurship from regular entrepreneurship, however, is not a very easy task. If you are just starting in this world then you are going to have to do a lot of studying, try to learn what it means to be a social entrepreneur and how you can pay more attention to what the impact on the society needs to be before you get started with your business ventures.

Because of the delicate nature of social entrepreneurship, it is fairly easy to claim that your business is having a social impact when it is really not. You must always ask ourselves, is there a real impact behind your actions? And if there is, is that impact short-term or long-term?

In every case, education can turn the tables and ensure the success of a business through. As a young adult who is aiming at becoming your own boss one day, social entrepreneurship could be the key. By educating yourselves on the basics of social entrepreneurship, you will be given the opportunity to perfectly master the difference.

There are many European Projects that take on the difficult tasks of creating complete guides on social entrepreneurship, focusing on young people. If you are looking for such a project, you will want to check out the UpToYouth project.

Up To Youth is an innovative project that aims to encourage young people (undergraduates, unemployed graduates or young migrants) to develop their skills for digital social entrepreneurship. These certain skills are required to create and develop a digital social enterprise up-to-date and range from those for promoting social inclusion such as life skills, social skills and work skills to support entry in the labor market.

In the project, they will band together “digital entrepreneurship” and “social entrepreneurship” and aim at contributing to improvement of social entrepreneurship skills, financial skills, digital media skills, digital marketing skills and multicultural awareness skills of youth undergraduates and NEETs in order to encourage them to be a digital social entrepreneur (DSE). This way youth will be able to help people in need. The project will also encourage them to establish their own businesses and help contribute to decreasing the unemployment rate among youth especially NEETs. Another aim of the project is to familiarize youth with the idea of social entrepreneurship and DSE.


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Maria Dalakoura
Project Manager

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