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NESsT Romania Launches Social Enterprise Competition 2015

NESsT Romania Foundation today announced the launch of “Enhancing Social Entrepreneurship, Building Bridges,” a project co-financed by a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss Contribution to the enlarged European Union. This project aims to consolidate social entrepreneurs’ capacity to plan, start and develop sustainable social enterprises, creating jobs and income opportunities for disadvantaged groups in Romania, while benefiting from the expertise and experience of one Swiss partner and two Romanian partners. The project is implemented [...] More ›

Two NESsT Peru Entrepreneurs Recognized by MIT Technology Review

Each year, MIT Technology Review—an online magazine and international media group founded by technology industry leader Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1899—selects the world’s top innovators, inventors, and entrepreneurs in its Innovators under 35 program. In 2013, it launched a country-specific version of the competition in Peru that recognizes the brightest and most creative technology projects addressing major challenges nationwide. NESsT is proud to announce that two of the five young innovators recognized in the 2014 [...] More ›

First Enterprises for Polish Portfolio Have Been Chosen

NESsT and JPMorgan Chase Foundation hosted an award ceremony to announce the winners of their national social enterprise business plan competition, the first of its kind in Poland, on November 25th, in an art gallery Apteka Sztuki, Warsaw. The winners are Fajna Social CooperativeSedeka FoundationBielska Kraina and Association Siedlisko. The competition—which aimed to identify innovative plans to address social problems with market-based solutions—was led by NESsT, a social enterprise incubator [...] More ›

Sharing Hot Chocolate for Shared Value

In late November, Business Council for Sustainable Development in Hungary (BCSDH) and NESsT Hungary jointly hosted the “Sharing Hot Chocolate for Shared Value” event in Budapest, which focused on opportunities companies can do together with social enterprises for a better world. A dozen representatives of major Hungarian companies attended the event. Nicole Etchart, CEO and founder of NESsT, presented the lessons of a recent research on the topic, highlighting three different models that corporations can engage with social enterprises, 1- as [...] More ›

VIII National Meeting of the Social Economy

On 23–24 October 2014, the 8th National Meeting of the Social Economy has been organized in the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw. Government officials and representatives from NGOs, the private sector, and the media discussed the future of social entrepreneurship development in Poland at this conference, organized by the Foundation for Social and Economic Research and the Center for Human Resources Development in collaboration with the More ›

Legal Advice for Emerging Entrepreneurs in Poland.

NESsT recently established a partnership with law firm Squire Patton Boggs (SPB) Święcicki Krześniak to support its program in Poland. The law firm will provide pro-bono legal advice to the social enterprises in NESsT’s portfolio on a range of topics, from establishing a legal entity to relevant commercial activities. For example, NESsT social enterprise Parostatek from Cieszyn plans to launch a “living architecture” project, and its director wondered if there were [...] More ›

Sărbătorim șapte ani de schimbare socială: Raportul de Impact al NESsT România (2007-2014)

For English version press here. Mulți dintre noi lucrăm de zor, să facem mai mult și mai bine, uitând să ne bucurăm pe îndelete de fiecare reușită pe care o avem. De cele mai multe ori tindem să ne concentram mai mult pe aspectele care nu s-au întâmplat cum planificam sau cum ne doream, trecând cu vedere aspectele care poate au ieșit mai bine decât speram. Astăzi, după 7 ani de activitate NESsT în România, noi [...] More ›

Celebrating Seven Years of Social Change: NESsT Romania Impact Report (2007–2014)

Pentru versiunea în limba română apăsați aici. Assessments tend to highlight challenges more than they celebrate achievements. Perhaps this is a result of the fast-paced world we live in, where success is short-lived because something bigger and better is always on the horizon. But, if we are always chasing the next milestone, we risk losing sight of the bigger picture; for NESsT, that big picture is a society where everyone has the means to ensure [...] More ›

Inspiration for all – The 4th Social Enterprise Day in Hungary

On the 3rd of October, NESsT and its partners organized the 4th Social Enterprise Day in Hungary – an event that is now considered to be the most influential event for the sector in the country. Almost 300 people gathered from all around the social enterprise universe: practitioners, supporters, government representatives, academics, and business professionals, all to inspire and to be inspired by the potential of social enterprises. Opening statements by Szabolcs Pákozdi, CEO of Országos Foglalkoztatási Közhasznú Nonprofit Kft. (National Employment [...] More ›

Filantropia zaangażowana, czyli zyski nie tylko finansowe

Otwarty Konkurs na biznesplan dla przedsiębiorstw społecznych, organizowany przez międzynarodową organizację NESsT przy wsparciu J.P. Morgan Chase, który wystartował w marcu 2014 r., zostanie rozstrzygnięty pod koniec listopada. Celem konkursu jest wsparcie rozwoju przedsiębiorczości społecznej w Polsce w oparciu o zasady dyscypliny finansowej i nowoczesnego zarządzania. Przedstawiciele przedsiębiorstw społecznych i osoby indywidualne biorący udział w konkursie podkreślają przede wszystkim praktyczną wiedzę, jaką dały im konkursowe warsztaty. Anna Falkiewicz ze Spółdzielni Socjalnej Parostatek mówi, [...] More ›