• KERAKAMIKA Café: Take it Easy and DO Something Fruitful

    You want to get inspired? Stay with me! Tanya and Borche are a husband and wife team, leading a successful business with social responsibility, in Macedonia. Their business model is a blend of creative studio and café, which Tanya and Borche, both artists themselves, decided to open after a long phase of experimentation. Since then, Kerakamika is a paint your own ceramics studio where, in a relaxed atmosphere, one can […]

  • Youth Hostel Abrašević

    Redesigning shipping containers into living space for travellers Amar Maksumić and the rest of the team have worked hard to gather needed resources for the hostel, and in doing so they applied for Social Impact Award 2016 and won. Travelling around the world is a wish we all humans are guilty of, because who can resist wonders of travelling and seeing and experiencing the culture, nature and lifestyles of different […]

  • 10 trends Social Entrepreneurs need to know about!

    Who am I? My name is Markus Engelberger and I am the Country Coordinator of SIA Austria. I also run my own business as a Graphic Recorder and Visual Facilitator. As a Graphic Recorder I basically listen to what people talk about at events and I capture the essence of it in real time through pictures and words. I recently worked at the European Forum Alpbach, an event where Europes […]

  • What is the difference between social entrepreneurship and charity?

    Despite the road we have travelled to turn social entrepreneurship from a vague topic into a trend in the Western Balkans, as societies we still often face challenges when we are explaining the difference between social entrepreneurship and humanitarian or charity work. We therefore take it upon ourselves to break it down for all those struggling with explanations that could prove clear and easily understandable. First, there were definitions. a) […]

  • 5 WAYS VOLUNTEERING PAVES THE WAY TOWARDS SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

    When we think of volunteering, we think of giving, and that is true on the outside, but that doesn’t mean that we get nothing in return. What we gain from volunteering is not always visible, and sometimes we’re not even aware of it, but that doesn’t mean that it hasn’t made an impact on us. It’s the feelings and emotions we thought were nonexistent in us, it’s the skills we […]

  • Be prepared for the future: start your own venture!

    Today’s youth is made up of incredibly talented individuals with the potential to use their knowledge and creativity to make the world a better place. Indeed, it is the most knowledgeable generation that has ever lived; moreover, completion of tertiary education keeps increasing. However, the job market is changing and a significant number of these students will never be employees in the traditional sense. The traditional concept of the full-time, […]

  • Tips and tricks: How to promote your social business at no cost?

    Dear social entrepreneur, or friend, colleague and supporter or a social entrepreneur, this post is for you. You’re at the very beginning, you are confused, you have to learn legal procedures about starting your business without being imprisoned by tax police and people from SIA are encouraging you to think about promotion. You want to survive without getting grey hair and wrinkles and learn how to promote your business at […]

  • Different Corner in Montenegro: The story about persistence

    Social entrepreneurship is young and in its beginnings in Montenegro. With Social Impact Award, in 2016 we market the start of focused efforts in enabling and supporting youth to choose social entrepreneurship as a path to impact social change and employment. Among our winners, we had a team of three dedicated young women from Bar, who started the Different corner. This is a story of their challenges, struggles and how […]

  • SIA relaunch in Switzerland: how it fits in the ecosystem

    The Global Innovation Index ranks Switzerland as one of the most competitive and innovative countries in the world. Few of these innovations, however, transform into entrepreneurial output. Indeed, Switzerland Total Entrepreneurial Activity (7.2%) is below the average for innovation-driven economies (11.4%) according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor. In addition, entrepreneurship is not yet considered by most people in Switzerland a good career path: “only 40.0% see entrepreneurship as a good […]

  • THE CIVIC SECTOR AS A JOB CREATOR

    An interview with Barbara Sadowska: The Team Leader of the Project “Fostering Social Entrepreneurship”, Macedonia Co -Founder of the Barka Foundation, Poland An Ashoka – Innovators for the Public Fellow, USA A Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur, Switzerland Q: First to say “hello” to Barbara Sadowska- a co -founder of the Barka Foundation, Poland, an Ashoka Fellow, a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur and now a Team Leader of the Project “Fostering […]