Social business in Ukraine

While I created my training program, I have interested of the history of the development of social entrepreneurship in Sweden. And I have found there is more often used the concept of “social innovations”, which includes social entrepreneurship. The country has long tradition of supporting small and medium businesses. Enterprises operating as social obtain various types of patronage from the state, and first of all at the local level.

It is also interesting that although the traditional approach presupposes the independence of social enterprises from state services, Swedish municipalities also may create social enterprises.

In Ukraine the quantity of charities and public organizations is growing a few last years. Such organizations do not earn money themselves, but they attract money through donations or grants. However, even they increasingly have the need for self-financing.

Social entrepreneurship (SE) is a new business model that is a hybrid between non-profit organizations and classic business. The activity of such entrepreneurs is aimed at solving socio-economic and environmental problems. And the main difference between a joint venture and a regular business is that their first priority is social mission or value, and profits can be partly directed to social goals. At the same time, social entrepreneurship contributes to the development of society through the introduction of innovations, stimulates self-development and teaches helping itself and the environment.

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