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Social Entrepreneurship Study Visit - Towards Collaborative Practice 2017

Study Visit

26-30 June 2017 | Bristol, United Kingdom

Calling all social innovators and social entrepreneurs! Bristol is the UK's first social enterprise city- this study visit of its exciting social enterprises will equip and inspire your budding social entrepreneurial competences and Erasmus+ projects.
Following on from the first two editions of the ‘Towards Collaborative Practice: Forum on Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ held in Malmö, Sweden (2015) and Lecce, Italy (2016), this project is intended to enable, equip and inspire young people and professionals of different nationalities to discover what it is to embark on social entrepreneurship by visiting several UK social enterprises. This five-day study visit will explore how social enterprises can become established as champions of innovation and growth for society. It will also see a sharing of best practices between social entrepreneurs, business professionals and young people who have made social enterprises a sustainable reality. It will do so through a mixture of field visits, workshops and non-formal learning. This project will highlight social enterprises as businesses that are changing the world for the better – in our communities and on our high streets – from coffee shops and cinemas, to pubs and leisure centres, banks and bus companies. Aims/objectives - To look at different ways that UK social enterprises and social innovators have achieved innovation and growth whilst ensuring sustainability - To explore your social enterprise or Erasmus+ project ideas - To share experiences, tools, methods and challenges with peers across Europe - To give you the tools and information on how Erasmus+ funding can support social innovation and entrepreneurship projects For the reference of applicants, this project understands Social enterprises in the following way: Social enterprises trade to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life chances, or the environment. They make their money from selling goods and services in the open market, but they reinvest their profits back into the business or the local community. And so, when they profit, society profits. This study visit is recommended for: Young People and professionals who either 1) have opened or plan to open (within the next year) their own social enterprise; 2) Currently or plan to (within the next year) work at a social enterprise; and / or 3) Currently or plan to (within the next year) conduct activities on social entrepreneurship.

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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Study Visit is

for 25 participants

from Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Volunteering mentors

Working language(s):



UK National Agency for Erasmus+ (Ecorys UK) (National Agency)


  • Agenzia Nazionale per i Giovani (National Agency)

Contact for questions:

Alexander Scott


Phone: +44 (0) 1594 822330

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.


This project is financed by the Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme. Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs or SALTO involved in this project - except a participation fee which varies from call to call and country to country. Please contact your Erasmus+: Youth in Action NA to learn more about the financial details, and how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses. If you come from a country other than Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme Countries, please contact the host Erasmus+: Youth in Action NA for further information about the financial details. (For sending NAs this activity is financed by TCA 2016 budget)

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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