Bratislava, 11 June 2012 - An excellent start to the field of social enterprise in Slovakia– 40 NGOs, SMEs and Municipalities were invited by UNDP and NESsT to join the “NESsT Social Enterprise Development Programme Slovakia 2012” (NESsT SEPS 2012). Launched in February, this program brought together public, private and non-profit organizations from all over Slovakia with diverse social enterprise ideas, making it challenging for the joint NESsT – UNDP jury to select the 40 most innovative and feasible organizations and social enterprise ideas.
The “NESsT SEPS 2012” mission is to enhance development of social enterprises in Slovakia. The programme is supported by NESsT’s partner in Slovakia, UNDP Regional Centre for Europe and CIS, and it is part of the national project “Social Economy: Innovative Model of Economic and Social Development in Slovakia”, co-financed by the European Social Fund via the Operational Program Employment and Social Inclusion.
“Despite the challenges posed by the current economic downturn, a number of opportunities have emerged for the social sector in Slovakia”, declared Michaela Lednova, Project Manager at UNDP. “We hope that the “NESsT SEPS 2012”, will be an important ingredient that will contribute to the enhancement of capacities of social enterprises and thus unleash their potential to play a bigger role in the socio-economic development of the country.”
“We have received many valuable social enterprise ideas”, said Tomáš Tahy, Enterprise Development Associate at NESsT Slovakia. “The majority of these ideas focus on creating fair employment opportunities for the disadvantaged communities in various fields: waste management, agriculture, local tourism, traditional crafts, construction of eco-buildings, textile production, local food production etc. Some of them are start-ups aimed at producing traditional pottery, or woven carpets while employing persons from marginalized communities. Others are social enterprises which are ready for new developments, such as a café which functions in a hospital and employs persons with disabilities.”
Selected participants will receive up to ten months of specialized capacity-building provided by NESsT on social enterprise development from the initial idea to later stage launch and management. More precisely, NESsT’s support will be given to the winners through a series of workshops and tailor-made consulting. The first of these workshops kicked off in Martin City Hall where municipalities and entrepreneurs alike focused on self-financing and social enterprise, while sharing experiences and receiving consultation from NESsT lectors from Romania, Czech Republic and Slovakia.
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