European rural regions are facing several societal challenges, especially an ageing population, brain drain and unemployment. Social innovation becomes more important for developing solutions that are sustainable. There is a clear need to adapt business support infrastructures and measures offered by regional or local authorities to the special needs of social enterprises.
The DelFin project is promoting social entrepreneurship in rural regions which face special transformation challenges related to advancing economic and social innovation.
The participating rural regions in Germany, Hungary, Croatia and Italy worked together to improve funding schemes for supporting social entrepreneurship. The project facilitated cooperation of quadruple helix actors and developed a toolbox for the promotion of social entrepreneurship in rural regions, as well as a transnational strategy for promotion of social entrepreneurship in rural regions. All was tested in four pilot actions in each partner country. In addition, eight capacity building seminars with a focus on municipalities and finance institutions were organised to further spread the knowledge. Moreover, the participating regions are now equipped with action plans to ensure sustainability and mainstreaming of project results. Please take a look at the project results and outputs below.
Our project has officially ended, however, the project results and outputs are publicly available for all stakeholders in the social entrepreneurship sector. Our efforts to make it more visible in the rural regions has given us tangible results, and now we hope that relevant institutions, promotors and sole social entrepreneurs these efforts will again prove useful in the future.
In our archive you can find all of our news and events. During three years, we had organised numerous trainings, workshops, networking events, conferences.
Our toolbox contains financing and funding instruments targeting social enterprises and business support structures respecting the special needs of social entrepreneurs. It helps local and regional public authorities, business support organisations, development agencies and financial institutions to better support social entrepreneurship in their regions.
You can visit it HERE.