SocStarter (Belarus)

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SocStarter (Belarus): International Program to accelerate Social business development in Belarus

Minsk, BelarusMinsk, Belarus
Year Founded:
2013
Organization type: 
hybrid
Project Stage:
Growth
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

SocStarter is a multi-sectoral partnership that co-creates a unique training program and platform for 270 enterpreneurs in Belarus in the next 3 years. Development of their competences, confidence, network & coaching in starting a social enterprise drives innovative, social and sustainable change!

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

people in wheelchairs could access the most used means of public transportation in Belarus, the metro and bus?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

- Education in Belarus is not fostering free thinking enough - Enterpreneurship doesn't have a good image - Social issues are not in focus BUT Innovative enterpreneurs have ideas, but lack skills/knowledge/network/access to funding/coaching

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Develop Social Enterprises: to change the mentality of thinking about the government as the only actor of change & drive young innovative entrepreneurs. In 3 years we run 6 SocStarter program cycles for in total 270 social entrepreneurs. Build on successful pilot: 7 social businesses kicked off as the result. Encouraging us to continue the development of SE to address social issues and to strengthen entrepreneurship in Belarus Ensure sustainable, social impact: Bringing the corporate and public sector together encourage multi-sectorial cooperation. SocStarter will create a platform of dialogue through the build-up of seminars and events. International expertise offers solution to the lack of expertise in marketing and sales in Belarus
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Develop Social Enterprises: to change the mentality of thinking about the government as the only actor of change & drive young innovative entrepreneurs. In 3 years we run 6 SocStarter program cycles for in total 270 social entrepreneurs Build on successful pilot: 7 social businesses kicked off as the result. Encouraging us to continue the development of SE to address social issues and to strengthen entrepreneurial skills in Belarus Ensure sustainable social impact: Bringing the corporate and public sector together encourage multi-sectorial cooperation. SocStarter will create a platform of dialogue through the build-up of seminars and events. International expertise offers solution to the lack of expertise in marketing and sales in Belarus

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Within 3 years, we improve competences (knowledge, skills and attitudes on social entrepreneurship) of 270 people who take part in the project. Our network will enable us to leverage European experience and expertise on SE and bring this to Belarus. This will also help to re-connect Belarus with the European community and foster international collaboration. The established platform creates opportunities for exchange of experience & support between different sectors. As the result of the project, within 3 years we estimate that at least 200 people will further develop their ideas and initiate a social enterprise that creates jobs for other people to work in their social enterprises. By telling success stories in media (150 articles) we will raise awareness in Belarus on how people can become change makers by developing social enterprises & encourage them to take the lead of their lives

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

The main impact will emerge and scale from the social entrepreneurs (SE) which are further developed through this program. In 3 years we expect to develop training and consultation on SE as regular services. There will be a professional community developed that can drive the recognition of SE in Belarus (tax decrease, legal regulations, SE as a legal entity recognized by law) SE will be publicly recognized as source of employment and life improvement, connecting public and private organizations to encourage cooperation. 5-10 year plan is to open a social HUB.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Sustainability of expertise and training: Partnership agreements (hours of work of experts from private companies and public organizations) Participants’ commitments (to pass their knowledge to next SocStarter generation) Financial sustainability: Synergy with other projects (creation of Social hub, with membership fees) Additional paid expertise and assistance for social entrepreneurs (workshops, consultations, etc)

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There are few initiatives that work in the sphere of SE: Talaka.by – it was developed after first SocStarter ended in Feb 2014 and provides an online course for Social entrepreneurship. Bel.biz – develops entrepreneurship in IT sphere There are initiatives that develop start-ups in general, without a special focus on social entrepreneurship Bel.biz is already a partner since the beginning of SocStarter, and we see the other initiatives and projects as potential partners, not competitors in developing awareness on entrepreneurship, especially social.
Team

Founding Story

After hearing a friend of a friend, Vitalik talking about his dream of opening a magic school that would focus on rehabilitation of adults and children with special needs and disabilities through the healing of magic. This has been not the first person who had a great idea that could improve many lives. Vitalik’s story was for us the turning point: we came up with a program that would turn such social ideas into social business. Inspiring, training and enlarging their network was the only thing they needed for the realization of their big dream. Our dream now is to be the nudge for great people who want to make Belarus a better place for all.

Team

Denis Kondratovich is a real entrepreneurs who has the drive to inspire and train others to bring out the best in them. Business developer and Marketing experts. Yulia Stankevich has organizational, selling & financial know-how. Masha Cheriakova is also an organizers & networker who can put the right people into the right place with a business admin degree. all three have the right motivation & network of people to realize a sustainable project