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    Empowering entrepreneurs with disability to build sustainable businesses

    We collaborated with Fidelity Bank Ghana to pilot an entrepreneurship bootcamp to empower 53 entrepreneurs with disability in Ghana to develop and grow their businesses.

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    2023 in a glance

    2023 was a year that put a spotlight on the challenges we all face. We’ve witnessed devastating conflicts, deepening inequalities, and frightening climate change. Yet, within this complexity, we find everyday heroes offering solutions to these seemingly insurmountable problems. Our mission is to empower them to create a world where all children reach their full potential. We equip them with the tools, skills and vital networks they need to develop their impactful solutions. Here’s a glimpse into some of the programs and activities we implemented in Europe and Africa last year.

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    The social entrepreneurs who won our Pitch Day in Sweden

    On December 5, in our annual Pitch Day in Sweden, we selected the 6 new social entrepreneurs who will join our Incubator program in 2024, and the entrepreneurs graduating from the Incubator pitched for 200 000 SEK in funding.

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    Next phase of the Baltic Sea Impact Network: New members and opportunities

    The Baltic Sea Impact Network - a transnational peer-learning network among social entrepreneurs from the Baltic Sea region - is entering its next phase. The network is expanding, as the membership increases from 32 to 50 social entrepreneurs, welcoming new members also from Denmark and Ukraine.

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    Raising the voices and improving conditions for children and youth living in foster care

    Historically there has been a stigma surrounding children and youth growing up in foster care. To combat this, to work to improve the situation for those in care, and to make sure the voices of the ones affected are heard, Knas Hemma was founded in 2013. Today they are part of our Swedish Incubator program, aiming to help social entrepreneurs scale and take their initiatives to the next level. We sat down with Anna Sabelström, Emiliya Larsson and Jennie Persson Thörnqvist, three forces behind the organization, to talk about what drives them, what challenges they have faced and what they have learned from it.

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    Developing impact investing ecosystems

    This fall, we launched the Nordic-Baltic Investor Skillsharing - a series of online workshops which gather investors from the Nordic-Baltic region who are already involved or interested in investing in social entrepreneurs. We give them an opportunity to exchange knowledge and foster new connections to strengthen the Baltic Impact Investing ecosystem.

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    Launching Buy Social Europe B2B

    A new transnational initiative - Buy Social Europe B2B - is bringing the social procurement movement in Europe to a next level, further unlocking the $500 billion market opportunity for social enterprises. It gathers a consortium of 23 partners, who will cooperate to accelerate trade partnerships between mainstream and social enterprises in 17 countries in Europe.

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    Reach for Change, The Inner Foundation, and the Tim Bergling Foundation are launching a collaborative initiative aimed at supporting improved mental health for emerging adults in the Nordics.

    This initiative, known as "Next in Mind", is launched on World Mental Health Day and will provide support to social entrepreneurs currently offering innovative solutions for the target group of emerging adults (aged 18-29) across Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland. Social entrepreneurs will receive both funding and business development coaching with the aim of increasing their reach and impact.

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    Supporting social entrepreneurs: Unplugged learnings

    Our Senior Program Manager Louise Johnsson Zea reflects on the key learnings from her daily work with the social entrepreneurs in our portfolio. She delves into their most pressing needs, remarkable strengths, common pitfalls, and promising opportunities, as well as the human side of the social entrepreneurship journey.

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    Conversations that change: Fighting segregation through dialogue

    Fatima Gronblad is passionate about making people feel less like strangers to each other. Born and raised in a tight-knit community in southern Sweden, from an early age she observed how easily people with different ethnic or socio-economic backgrounds can be categorized and how that often leads to misunderstandings, prejudices and segregation. She founded “Världen finns här" where she works tirelessly to build a more inclusive society, one conversation at a time.

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    Your idea - our support. Looking for new social entrepreneurs to join our Incubator in Sweden

    Our Incubator program in Sweden is open for applications. Social entrepreneurs with ideas that make a difference for children and young people can apply until September 30th. The national outdoor campaign is shown on Clear Channel's digital screens across the country.

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    Empowering civil organizations to maximize their impact

    We’re launching a new project which will strengthen the ability of civil society organizations to measure and manage their impact. Until February 2024, with funding from the Nordic Council of Ministers, we’ll collaborate closely with Civic Alliance-Latvia and Social Economy Ukraine. We’ll provide them with the tools and knowledge on how to measure their own social impact, and will empower them to provide trainings and support within impact management for their member organizations.

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    Social entrepreneurship in Ukraine: driving social impact in the face of a conflict

    Petro Darmoris, Director at Social Economy Ukraine and Board Member of Social Economy Europe, reflects on the state of the social entrepreneurship ecosystem in Ukraine today, on the role of social entrepreneurship after the Russian invasion and on staying hopeful and driving social impact in the face of a war.

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    A pioneer gym for children with disabilities

    Sports play a crucial role in the lives of children with disabilities, offering a wide range of benefits that positively impact their physical, mental, and social well-being. However, in Bulgaria, there are few sports facilities equipped for the needs of children with disabilities. Determined to change that, Svetoslav Zahariev founded Zahariev Fight Team - a pioneering gym which provides adapted equipment and regular training sessions for children with disabilities and special need

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    Turning fear into fins

    That a girl who grew up far from water, without any experience or knowledge of swimming, would take her first swims on her own as an eighteen-year-old; and then training as a swimming instructor and starting her own swimming school, is a story that inspires. Muna Idow is the mermaid who found her fins relatively late in life and who has made it her life's project to spread the love of water further.

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    Sounds of hope: Reshaping suburban children's lives

    A child of Caribbean immigrants, Jean-Charles Cari grew up with his mum in the rough suburbs of Paris and saw many of his friends end up on the wrong path. But role models and music saved his life. Ten years ago he moved to Sweden and when he recognized himself in many of the young teenagers, he decided to offer them what he had helped him, and so Artozik was born.