United Nations Industrial Development Organization - E4SC - Call for Applications

The Entrepreneurs for Social Change (E4SC) program, supported by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and Fondazione CRT and it is focused on the Euro-Mediterranean region, and aims to alleviate the challenges the region continues to face by empowering young social entrepreneurs.

Young women and men from the 26 countries of the Euro-Mediterranean region, who either have an established social enterprise or are planning to establish one soon, are eligible to apply. The call for applications will run until 31st July 2018.

The one-year program enhances the participants’ skills to boost a business idea with a social mission, and thereby supports them in driving economic development and social inclusion, and in accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

You can find more information on the program on the website www.e4sc.org or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/entrepreneursforsocialchange/).

Briefly, the E4SC program includes:

  • Bootcamp (23 November - 2 December 2018): 10-day in-person experience, providing the entrepreneurs with the tools to grow and scale up their enterprise, connect with peers, and learn from experts from all over the world.
  • 360o Empowerment: Based on a 360o assessment, a detailed plan for the social and economic impact is developed, with support tailored to the entrepreneurs’ needs.
  • Executive Mentoring for 1-year with some of the world’s top executives dealing with social entrepreneurship and impact investing. The entrepreneurs will be given a virtual cryptocurrency to spend on individual mentoring hours depending on their needs.
  • E4SCpedia: The entrepreneurs become part of a life-long learning community of peers. They will have access to pro-bono legal firms in their country of residence, introduction to relevant impact investors, invitation to the alumni board of trustees, and constant human support.

Since its inception, the program has received more than 2000 applications, out of which the best 25 are selected to join the E4SC cohort each year. The previous four editions have trained 85 social entrepreneurs, and 96% of respondents to the survey say that their skills have improved thanks to the program.