European social entrepreneurs gathered in Lisbon for a pioneering bootcamp with social impact from the EIB Institute.
31 European Social Entrepreneurs met in Lisbon from 4 to 11 December for the first SIT Impact Bootcamp, an innovative one-week executive education programme promoted by the European Investment Bank Institute and organised in collaboration with the Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics of Universidade Católica Portuguesa, which is currently launching a Chair in Social Entrepreneurship to promote research and teaching innovations in this field. See more information below and watch here the video:
Social Entrepreneurs of Portugal (SPEAK, CDI Portugal, Code Academy, ColorADD®, Fan Association - EKUI, Entrepreneurs' Factory - SEA), Spain (Juntosalimos, Koiki), Hungary (Down Egyesület, School4All) Romania (VitorPlus - Recicleta, ACU - Atelierelecreativeunite) and Italy (Progetto QUID) participated in sessions on social innovation, scaling models, negotiations, fundraising and effective communications, and in intensive pitching training sessions.
The program is aimed at projects that present innovative solutions to society's problems, which have already been launched and validated, and which aim to scale up its impact. Teams of three elements assess the development potential of your project and refine your growth strategy by focusing on how to establish productive relationships with partners and funders to mobilize resources. The programme features an international faculty with in-depth expertise in the impact space. The bootcamp will close with an Impact Ventures Fair to showcase the projects to potential investors and build bridges for future investment deals.
This Impact Bootcamp recognizes and supports the best European social entrepreneurs every year. Over the last five years, SIT has successfully developed a growing community of social entrepreneurs from 20 countries working to combat social exclusion in more than 60 projects.