Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

erasmus for young entrepreneurs

Are you a new or recently established New Entrepreneur with an innovative business or social enterprise idea?  We can support you on a visit to a social enterprise in another European country. We can fund New Entrepreneurs to spend 1 to 6 months besides an experienced Host Entrepreneur.

Are you an established potential Host entrepreneur or social entrepreneur?  We can support you by bringing you an active newly establishing entrepreneur from another European country to work with you

For Full information click on the website

SEE is a partner in a consortium of 7 Intermediary organisations from Italy, Spain, Poland, Slovakia, England and France.  Together we promote entrepreneurship under the EC’s Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme.


The programme is an opportunity to develop your activity at European level by:

  • Developing your network
  • Receiving new ideas from another entrepreneur
  • Exchanging your knowledge with another

An exchange between 2 entrepreneurs involves

New Entrepreneurs who:

  • Have less than 3 years of activity or in development
  • Need entrepreneurial skills and/or knowledge of the European market
  • Want to develop an international network

Host Entrepreneurs who:

  • Are a founder or manager of a SME or social enterprise for at least 3 years
  • Wish to share your entrepreneurial experience
  • Want a fresh view on your company and develop an international network

New Summer School in York

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Co-operative and Social Enterprise Summer School 2015

28th – 30th August, York St John University

Cross-sector collaboration to build the social and solidarity economy: A three-day short course on co-operative and social enterprise approaches to development

The course provides UK and international participants with an opportunity to develop their knowledge about the rationale, purposes and practices of co-operative and social enterprises in order to frame educational curricula and entrepreneurship strategies in collaboration with: social entrepreneurs • universities • local, national and international development bodies • policy makers • co-operative members • work colleagues • financial institutions • business advisers • charity trustees. The course includes discussion of the origins and contemporary forms of co-operative and social enterprise.  Day 1 focuses on theoretical perspectives. Days 2 and 3 focus on applying theoryto practice. The course is delivered in English.

New for 2015:

  • Masterclasses on Governance and Legal Frameworks (Day 2)
  • Harnessing the Power of the Crowd -Open Space (Day 3)

Who is the course for?

The course is suitable for anyone developing policies, commissioning frameworksand education programmesfor the social and solidarity economy.What will I do on the course?You will:

  • develop a robust response to public sector and private enterprise failure;
  • learn about the distinct member-ownership orientation of the social and solidarity economy
  • learn about the complex relationship between the social / solidarity economy and market trading;
  • compare and contrast third sector and social economy concepts, terms and organisations;
  • link governance theory to strategic managementusing a governance diagnostic tool;
  • apply democratic theory tochallenges in developing the social and solidarity economy;
  • develop an understanding of legal frameworks and legal structure for co-operatives and social enterprises.

The course is delivered by Dr Rory Ridley-Duff, Associate Professorin Co-operative and Social Enterprise at Sheffield Hallam University and Cliff Southcombe, Managing Directorof Social Enterprise EuropeLtd. Rory was a co-founder of Social Enterprise London -the UK’s first regional social enterprise agency while Cliff was a co-founder of the Social Enterprise Partnership, the first international social enterprise consultancy established in the UK. Together, they bring nearly 40 years of experience into the classroom.

Evening meals are self-funded: we arrange an optional outing to a networking event on local restaurant on Day 1. Participants arrange their own networking events on Day 2.

How do I book?

For details of costs / contact information visit  or for possible sponsored places see



EU Project; New Trail Jobs


newtrailjobs-120Social Enterprise CASES is collaborating with 5 partners from across Europe to research and share best practice through the New Trail Jobs partnership. Partners from Spain, Italy, Germany, Hungary and Lithuania have teamed up to improve opportunities in rural economies.

Tourism is a key sector of the European economy and contributes to employment, regional development and an enhanced natural and cultural heritage. Rural areas in Europe are facing big challenges concerning the demographic changes and the emigration of people. Most of these areas have an important cultural history, famous landscapes and also a unique food and agricultural tradition.

The New Trail Job partnership addresses the so called culture, food or greentrails. Through these trails the cultural identity and the nature of traditional kitchens can be protected. This offers a huge opportunity for rural entrepreneurs and job creation.

The New Trail Job partnership will now exchange their experiences, explore the demands for vocational education and training, and also of informal and non-formal learning methods for disadvantaged people like young skilled and un-skilled unemployed, women and older employees.

To see more about the project, how we are progressing and the outcomes, go to the New Trail Jobs Website

New Director

RomyWe are delighted to announce the appointment of Romy Cahyadi as a Director of Social Enterprise Europe Ltd.

Romy, who is based in Jakarta, Indonesia has been working closely with us for some years, running training programmes on social enterprise for community leaders, climate change champions and recently ran our NGO transformation training in Indonesia.

Romy, who is also the head of Unltd Indonesia, is a brilliant addition to our team and we look forward to working with him for many years to come.

Do we really need hierarchies?

Author: Cliff Southcombe

Do we really need hierarchies? I see so many voluntary sector organisations, social enterprises and Charities structured in a way that reminds me more of Dickensian time. The formula of members, Trustees/Board employing workers delivering to clients/beneficiaries is still the norm.

FairShares presented at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan

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Rory during a lecture on Social Economy organised by Professor Takashi Yamamoto.

Co-founder of Fairshares, Rory Ridley-Duff has been delivering lectures in Japan at the invitation of the only university to offer a social enterprise course to its students. Kwansei Gakuin University in Osaka is the first to offer a social enterprise course to students undertaking a degree in Social Welfare.

Chartering into the future

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FairShares – The future of Enterprise Governance. Was the title of the informal social enterprise cafe event being run by Cliff and Andrew in Strasbourg at Pub MacCarthy 6 Rue Des Glaciers.

Erasmus +

Erasmus + is now open. Please contact us if you are interested in being a partner with Social Enterprise Europe or would like us to be a partner on one of your applications


2013 saw the launch of the Fairshares Association


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Rory Ridley-Duff talks to Indonesian NGOs

One of the best things about 2013 was the launch of the FairShares Association. Here Rory looks back on the first year of this new model in the Fairshares Blog.

Fairshares model

Geof Cox speaking at the Workaround Conference in Berlin

Geof Berlin Oct 13 Our Director Geof Cox, recently spoke at  the WORKAROUND Conference in Berlin, a three-day symposium, workshop and community meeting, looking into various models of work organisation and community approaches that ensure life and work quality. They were looking behind the cliché of the freelance worker and exploring the old and new territories of unions and cooperations as tools for achieving common goals. They finished off the symposium with an interesting exchange of strategies and structures of self-organisation.