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The general aim of ELANET (European Latin American Network in support of Social Entrepreneurs) is to develop an international IT platform in support of Social Entrepreneurs (SEs).  The platform will be structured in seven modules: 1. SE cases to inspire, 2. SEs in need of support, 3. Support Partners, 4. Volunteers, 5. Tools for mentors, 6. Tools for SEs, and 7. Library with relevant articles, reports, white papers, concept notes, expert opinions and books. Through the ELANET platform we will realize the specific objectives of the project:

  • To implement the platform, sustained by an active community as depicted in the figure
  • To source existing and up-to-date coaching materials and tools;
  • To strengthen the partner HEI’s networks in support of SEs;
  • To intensify the interactions between SEs and supportive partners.
  • To ensure an international dimension targeting data-completeness

The consortium includes 17 partners and 36 associated partners in Latin America (Bolivia, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador) and in Europe (Belgium, Italy, Bulgaria and Austria).
ELANET main ambition is to strengthen the support to Social Entrepreneurs. This ambition contributes directly to the SDG’s, as most of the business models and mission of the SEs in partner countries focus their efforts to fight against social or environmental issues highly related to the following SDGs:

  • GOAL 1: No Poverty
  • GOAL 2: Zero Hunger
  • GOAL 4: Quality Education
  • GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal

The international consortium
The Elanet consortium includes 17 partners: VUB (Belgium), LUMSA (Italy) Graz University (Austria), Ashoka (Belgium), KOALECT (Belgium), University of National and World Economy (Bulgaria), UCB Tarija (Bolivia), Universidad San Simon (Bolivia), Universidad del Norte (Colombia), Universidad de La Sabana (Colombia), Universidad del Magdalena (Colombia), CESA (Colombia), ESPOL (Ecuador), Universidad de Cuenca (Ecuador), Universidad de Piura (Peru), UTB (Colombia), Universidad Continental (Peru).

The project lasts 36 months starting from August 2020

The research group
prof. Laura Michelini
prof. Gennaro Iasevoli
prof. Cecilia Grieco
prof. Costanza Nosi
prof. Filippo Giordano
prof. Alessandro Giosi