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    For whom

    About the Network

    The Baltic Sea Impact Network is a new unique transnational network for peer learning between 50 social entrepreneurs from Sweden, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Ukraine. The aim is to help the network's members learn new skills, connect with like-minded peers from neighbouring countries and increase the access of social entrepreneurs to relevant stakeholders.

     

    By whom

    Partners

    The project is implemented in partnership between Reach for Change Sweden, Reach for Change Latvia, Social Enterprise Estonia, Social Entrepreneurship Association Latvia and the Lithuanian Social Business Association, supported by the Swedish Institute as part of the Baltic Sea Neighbourhood Programme.

    Each participating organization brings years of experience in supporting social entrepreneurs and has proven its ability to mobilize entrepreneurs and stakeholders at a national level in their respective countries.

    How do we work

    Activities

    Over the course of 20 months, the members will be guided through a programme of monthly online sessions, alternating between peer learning and expert workshops. In October 2024, all network members will meet in person in Tallinn, Estonia to deepen their connections and find collaboration opportunities.

    The long-term ambition is to formalize the concept of the Network, to invite more funding partners on-board to be able to replicate and expand it across additional markets in the Nordic region and wider Europe.

    Some of the topics

    All session topics are based on the needs and interest shared by members:

    Members

    Meet the social entrepreneurs from the Baltic Sea Region who are part of the Network

    Belinda Hornshøj Nelsen

    HeartWork combats loneliness and strengthens self esteem among children and elderly. They build opportunities for children and elderly to share time and knowledge.

    Maria Rahamägi

    Edumus Education is a distance learning platform for curricula creators and experts from any field to develop and deliver hybrid courses for high school students. With distance education and Edumus School, students can pick their electives from a wide variety of courses than their local school can offer. Blended courses enable more self-directed learning in terms of time, place and the content. Increased agency increases motivation and learning.

    Susan Dahlbeck

    Healthy Women offers training and social gatherings to improve the physical and mental health of young women in the suburbs to promote a more equal society.

    Linda Dambeniece-Migliniece

    Doopsis is cloth diaper manufacturer with a mission to support and educate parents on green lifestyle. Their main focus is to reduce amount of waste (single-use diapers) deposited in landfills.

     
    Kaie Kaas Ojavere

    KIUD offers reusable e-commerce packaging made of recycled textile waste. The package can be reused for up to 20 times, helping reduce packaging trash and textile waste. The core of KIUD is material science, creating solutions to the most problematic textile waste: synthetic and mixed fibers. Reusable packaging is their first material application. Material is applicable in product packaging, stationary products, toys, etc

    Deimantė Markevičiūtė

    VšĮ "Idrama" produces and embroiders hoodies. They started their business in order to find a way to recycle the textile they are working with so they are on the way to finding a sustainable solution.

    Maia Selis

    Looming Hostel is an eco-hostel in Tartu, Estonia. They offer guests a unique and cozy accommodation experience, inspiration, and a social environment. The hostel operates according to sustainable principles and encourages its guests and community members to think along and see different ways to operate sustainably and with respect for the environment.

    Fatma Guettou

    Watoto Arts is helping kids develop self esteem and empathy through doll play. They design and produce soft fabric dolls that represent all kids. Their dolls come in different skin and hair colors, different disabilities and different family variations, and are made by women from the suburbs.

     
    Ailet Õis-Saar

    SUTU produces drinking straws from reed and sells through a B2B model to distributors, restaurants, bars, whose clients can choose natural straws in their cocktails. From production residues, they develop a material which lets manufacturers replace fossil plastics with natural ones - SUTU's material has a 13X smaller footprint than ordinary plastic.

    Almantė Karpienė

    VšĮ Dirbinyčia recycles and sews used textiles into new ones promoting a circular economy as well as social inclusion involving senior citizens as volunteers.

    Jānis Broks

    „Dzīves oāze” provides social care and employment services to vulnerable groups - a day center for children from social risk families, day care center for adults with dementia, group homes for persons with mental disorders.

    Louise Hammarbäck Miranda

    PACS are preventing sexual abuse against children within sports by educating sports clubs stakeholders, trainers and leaders. They also educate children, through our book, in bodily integrity and children's rights to prevent abuse.

     
    Nida Vildžiūnaitė

    Postpartum depression center raises awareness about postpartum depression and its prevention, and provides help and advocation. They create various content, including educational magazines, which provide parents with the necessary information, like Pregnancy calendar and Baby diary.

    Andra Strautiņa

    Es varu empowers community leaders and leaders-to-be by boosting their self confidence and knowledge in order to develop their own social and business ideas. Their main target groups are teachers and students in schools, university students, people with ideas, early stage startups and NGOs.

    Elin Lütke

    ConnectArt is an innovative organisation that collaborates horizontally in culture and education to promote children's health. We want to increase students' opportunities to influence their mental health through culture, and to make culture more accessible, especially in vulnerable areas, which means investments on several fronts. We have a vision of a Trilogy; three different art expressions for children to highlight the relationship to our I. thoughts, II. emotions and III. body. The first work is Monster, now our second work is being produced.

    Märt Helmja

    EatB4 is a digital data exchange platform between food aid donors and food aid distributors.

     
    Madara Mickeviča

    Centers SEVII create fun and easy games to train emotional and social intelligence skills - self awareness, empathy, communication, self regulation. They produce printed and digital materials - books, methodological materials, master classes, lectures, created by a team of educators, psychologists, therapists, businessmen and parents and provide consultations.

    Elise Brune

    Right by Me adresses exclusion on the labour market, unequal health, and participation in the society, This is done through capacity building activities like sports and preparing a CV, increasing young people's employment opportunities, as well as physical and mental health.

    Ingemar Essenson

    ResQ Club reduces food waste one portion at a time. For consumers, using ResQ means discovering new restaurants, cafeterias and grocery stores at around 50% discount and creating a more sustainable environment while at it. For partners, every portion sold in ResQ is one wasted portion less and one revenue item more in their bookkeeping.

    Signe Naessing

    Kazboo is a learning, communication and friendship platform for people with learning, development and intellectual disabilities.

     
    Anna Pirog

    The mission of Cake Travel is to increase awareness and interest of the Ukrainian landmarks, culture and history by offering four main lines of products: postcards and sets of postcards, calendars, photo-paintings and puzzles.

    Baiba Blomniece Jurāne

    Barboleta creates an efficient environment for child development. Barboleta has developed balance platforms as an innovative and efficient tool for the focusing of attention, motivation, recalling of information, and boosting energy in work and learning process, and offers training on how to incorporate movement and balance into the learning process.

    Indra Džiojeva - Stulpinienė

    Žvaigždžių slėnis is helping people regain self-confidence, increase resistance of stress, internal balance. They are creating a nature therapy place for different types of services, like camps, events, nature amphitheatre, places for being alone in nature, resting without alcohol.

    Iris Koristin

    Eratunnid OÜ mission is that every child can get success at school and less stress at school and at home. They help parents manage the stress, caused by studying at home with their child, after a tiring day at work. Their teachers help parents in teaching children, including children with special needs (eg ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia), and gifted children.

     
    Anton Håkansson

    Day Cape helps neurodiverse kids with daily activities.

    Jolita Butkienė

    VšĮ Būk su manimi creates new products from secondary textiles.. They also provide employment to the population, while helping the population in crisis situations. They conduct textile education for communities, organizations and groups.

    Liene Reine-Miteva

    Ligero aims to empower young people with disabilities by providing them with opportunities to explore different types of employment. Through their events, they connect employers with potential employees who face challenges in finding occupation. Since 2022, they have organized four Job Opportunity Festivals for All, reaching hundreds of participants and partners.

    Tore Neergaard Kjellow

    Ugly Duckling Games creates engaging games for the classroom. They believe that games for educational purposes should be successful as pure entertainment games, or else they are not engaging enough.

     
    Kerli Kalk

    SpeakSmart is the leading argument-based communication skills training and consultancy company in Estonia. They train organizations and teams to communicate more effectively so that the stronger argument wins, not the argument of the strongest.

    Annelie Hultman

    The Good Talents empowers young people in regions grappling with socioeconomic challenges enhancing their quality of life, fostering community engagement and enabling better solutions to sustainability challenges. They broaden the perception of who is a talent, increasing diversity in organizations and companies.

    Elīna Bušmane

    Kano Editions is a family business that creates giant colouring posters with educational content. The posters are illustrated by both Latvian and Ukrainian artists and are 100% biodegradable. They outsource part of their packaging to people with mental disabilities at the Pērle Day Centre in Cēsis and 10% of their revenue goes to civic initiative projects in Ukraine.

    Živilė Kurienė

    With the vision – A Happy Old Age for Yourself and Others – Senjorų pasaulis wants to comprehensively address the problems of the elderly population. By inviting seniors to participate in remote lectures, they are creating an environment where people who experience loneliness and social exclusion due to their age can stay active, healthy and independent for as long as possible.

     
    Olha Polytska

    Vbrani helps old women do their favourite thing, that is, knitting and earn additional income. 50 women knit with them, including residents of a geriatric boarding house and also lonely women from different regions of Ukraine.

    Tarmo Pruuli

    Koduandur OÜ offers equipment and services to detect accidents increasing a sense of security and peace of mind for the elderly, their loved ones and social workers.

    Rasa Valinskienė

    The protection of the cultural heritage of Skuodas district and Samogitian region is very important to SYVAS. They care about retired folk artists, craftsmen and help them to earn extra income by selling their handicrafts in an e-shop syvas.lt. This way SYVAS is giving them a possibility to sell their products and live a more comfortable and joyful life.

    Basim Ali

    MyMap is a physical tool that assists social workers in mapping a client's life, discussing difficult topics, and creating personal action plans for the client.

     
    Anne Wells

    ResQ Club reduces food waste one portion at a time. For consumers, using ResQ means discovering new restaurants, cafeterias and grocery stores at around 50% discount and creating a more sustainable environment while at it. For partners, every portion sold in ResQ is one wasted portion less and one revenue item more in their bookkeeping.

    Elena Frantskevych

    Perlyna helps children, their parents and teachers from Ukraine who have found shelter in Latvia adapt, socialise, learn and maintain their ties to Ukraine. Perlyna offers language and culture studies, cultural events, and psychological support to approximately 120 children.

    Christer Nordin

    No-addict Scandinavia delivers lectures, seminars, counseling, and knowledge about the abuse/addiction in all fields (chemical drugs and alcohol, food, shopping, sugar, gambling).

    Julija Bulgakova

    Ilma pood is the first and only zero waste concept shop in Tallinn, Estonia, also working on consulting and education in sustainability.

     
    Judith Jønsby

    Papmor works to equip vulnerable children to gain self-awareness, courage and learn to think outside of the box, so that they can become co-creators of a better future both for themselves and the society around them. They do it mainly through value-based workshops based on the individual child's point of view and with focus on creativity, care and play with cardboard.

    Bart Cosijn

    The Estonian Dialogue Academy is a place of encounter, inspiration and learning. They teach dialogue and critical thinking skills, train dialogue facilitators and organisers, and promote a more inclusive and interactive culture of communication – in local communities, schools, NGOs, governments, businesses, politics and public discussion.

    Egle Celiesiene

    Lithuanian College of Democracy organizes seminars, develops projects for the promotion of democracy, civic education and development, carries out programs of public education, organizes public debates, prepares research papers and publications. They aim to improve the key competencies, skills, and learning performance of young people in schools, by promoting quality improvements, innovation excellence at the educational level, and involving digital inclusiveness.