iSEE - innovating Social Entrepreneurship Education

P4 Skilled and socially inclusive region

4.2. More aligned vocational education and training (VET) programmes in the Central Baltic region

Central Baltic

01.02.2020 - 31.12.2022

€607 167

€474 875

Project Summary:

The involvement in Social Entrepreneurship (SE) is at a low level with less than 1% of the business population undertaking such activities. In order to boost social entrepreneurship an education programme developed collaboratively with companies is needed.

The objective of the project is to innovate aligned professional, higher education in social entrepreneurship in Degree Programmes in four CB area countries. We will develop entrepreneurship education, as well as create SE training for companies' continuing education. The aim is to strengthen the role of social entrepreneurship within the CB area in the long run by developing an in-depth understanding of the state-of-the art of SE via company surveys: know-how of challenges and needs of SE in CB area.

As a result, the project will innovate SE learning materials: it will provide a new theory of SE and practical case studies aimed at ensuring the alignment of the curricula with society, and will develop a training module for companies.

Lead Partner

LAB-ammattikorkeakoulu Oy

Country: FI

Partner budget: 237.169 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 177.877 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Rīgas Tehniskā universitāte

Country: LV

Partner budget: 97.549 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 82.917 EUR ERDF

Tartu Ülikool

Country: EE

Partner budget: 97.449 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 82.832 EUR ERDF

Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan

Country: SE

Partner budget: 175.000 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 131.250 EUR ERDF

Associated Partners

Yhteiskunnallisten yritysten liitto ARVO ry

Country: FI

Sotsiaalsete ettevõtete võrgustik

Country: EE

Labklajibas ministrija

Country: LV

SE Forum

Country: SE

Achieved results

Project result in category -
Aligned vocational education and training programme

iSEE project innovated social entrepreneurship education

The project iSEE focused on developing study course about social entrepreneurship. The project resulted in 12 ECTS course which is targeted for students, and finetuned for the needs of entrepreneurs.

To be able to create a need-based study course, the project collected information and data about social entrepreneurship from EU reports, and academic literature, and interviewed social enterprises and social enterprise organizations. Partners benchmarked social enterprises and ecosystem of social enterprises to create learning materials, to describe how they combine economic activities and social mission and how they define success. Lessons learned were put in practise during the intensive study week i.e., students from partner institutions (LAB University of Applied, University of Tartu, Riga Technical University and KTH Royal Institute of Technology) worked together with social entrepreneurship cases and topics and got familiar with the opportunities that social entrepreneurship could offer.

The developed course “Social Entrepreneurship and social impact” contains the following parts:

  • Sustainability in social enterprises
  • Social business Modeling
  • Global Ecosystem, Sectoral Ecosystems, Dynamic View
  • CSR and social entrepreneurship
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At a glance
  • a need-based social entrepreneurship course for students was developed
  • students from partner institutions in Finland, Latvia and Sweden worked together with social entrepreneurship cases and topics