Agency for the Sustainability of Social Enterprises

Project information

Index: 1088R4
Acronym:MESSE
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Location ITALY NORD-EST Padova Veneto Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2007
End: 2009

Topic of the practice

To improve social cohesion/inclusion, to enable cross sectoral working, to create or conserve employment

Good Practice Information

The EU project which gave birth to the Agency aimed to develop a new social enterprise culture that would create genuine employment opportunities for disadvantaged people by strengthening social enterprises and building local social and economic development networks of public entities and businesses (for-profit and not-for-profit).
The project was promoted by Irecoop Veneto in partnership with Local Health Authorities and others. The Agency for the Sustainability of Social Enterprises is considered a spin-off of the Osmosi Project with real added value since it is not so usual that EU project ends with such an important and concrete results.

Evidence of success

The synergies that the Agency has helped to build or strengthen have enabled social enterprises to broaden their areas of business. Furthermore organisational consultancy has enabled them to streamline some of their organisational processes, thus making them less costly.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

M. Franca Barison

Irecoop Veneto

f.barison@irecoop.veneto.it

www.equalosmosi.org

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