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Year: 2020
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Cited as: Andjelic J., Petricevic T. (2020) Regional Study and Guidelines on Social
Entrepreneurship in the Western Balkans – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia. RYCO, Tirana


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“RISE” is a regional three-year project that intends to open new spaces of reconciliation for the youth of the Western Balkans Six
(WB6) through a regional program to support social entrepreneurship. This will enable young project leaders to develop innovative solutions to tackle challenges faced by their communities.
The project will enrich regional ecosystem by supporting six local structures in strengthening their ability to provide support to
social entrepreneurs. The six local structures will deliver a support program, composed of an ideation and a regional incubation phase and further assist the development of a total of 72 impact projects.
The support program for social entrepreneurs aims to promote dialogue and cooperation between actors and territories through
the mobility of participants, organization of regional trainings, exchange workshops and events, as well as through the creation
of a real network around ideation and incubation of the “RISE”.
Social entrepreneurship, and more generally society and economy in the WB6, will create a synergy and ultimately participate in the reconciliation of populations.
In order to tackle existing challenges on macro and micro levels and create an enabling environment for the development and
growth of social entrepreneurship and social economy in WB6, it is important to plan activities that will facilitate dialogue on the
topic and contribute to the awareness rising of the key stakeholders and the youth.
Hence, as a first key project activity, regional research and drafting of the regional study on social entrepreneurship updates information related to state of play in social entrepreneurship ecosystem and provide know-how, insight and target related data
on youth as a social entrepreneurs and youth social entrepreneurship in particular in order to develop tailor made approach
that could be scaled up all over the region.
The study is focused on social and youth entrepreneurship in the WB6 region and is divided in 2 main parts (the study and the
guidelines), consisting of 4 main chapters.

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