BSS - Business support and development services for social enterprises

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Short description

The “MarketMate” priority project (EDIOP-5.1.2-15-2016-00001) has been implemented by the consortium of the OFA National Employment Public Benefit Non-profit Ltd. (MarketMate’s lead partner), the IFKA Public Benefit Non-profit Ltd. and the Ministry of Finance.

The overall goal of the priority project is to support the creation of new social enterprises (SEs) on the basis of existing civil and non-profit business organisations; strengthen and stabilise already operating social enterprises by providing them nonfinancial services in various areas, including project plan pre-evaluation, certification of SE, business model development, product development and marketing, social impact measurement, etc.

Target group

Non-enterprise entities

Start-ups

Existing enterprises - development phase

Existing enterprises - growth phase

Benefit for target group

Improving business knowledge

Getting in contact with other enterprises

Getting in contact with financing partners

Receiving marketing, sales, legal and other professional support

Advisory components

  • Business models

  • Financing solutions

  • Management knowledge

  • Financial management, legal issues, organisational development, business management, community development, HR, CSR practices, and equal opportunities

Coaching/Education components

  • One-day workshop

  • Long-term education (mentoring)

Measures

OFA National Employment Public Benefit Non-profit Ltd. (lMarketMate’s lead partner)

  • Providing professional one-on-one consultancy and mentoring for SEs in different fields (i.e. financial management, legal issues, organisational development, business management, community development, HR, CSR practices, and equal opportunities)

  • Organising regional knowledge development events for SEs

  • Organising networking events for SEs

  • Publishing SE-related professional publications for SEs and also for other stakeholders (e.g. public authorities, financial institutions, for-profit businesses etc.) of the ecosystem

  • Implementing sector-related research programmes

  • Operating the website of the “MarketMate” priority project with several online services such as an online marketplace for SEs or an e-learning module on social entrepreneurship

  • Providing sales support to SEs(online market place, SE shop etc.)

Expected outcome

Improving the marketability/survivability of SEs

Improving business knowledge of SEs

Specific activities and resources required

Funding

  • Economic Development and Innovation Operative Program (EDIOP) Priority 5 NSO 10.2 (European Structural and Investment Funds - Investment for Growth and Jobs programme)

Financing

  • 2.3 billon HUF (6.76 million €)

Human resources

OFA National employment Public Benefit Non-profit Ltd.

  • 1 project manager

  • 1 financial manager

  • 1 professional manager

  • 1 communication expert

  • 6 regional SE experts (1/region)

  • 6 SE mentors (1/region)

Other resources

  • Project webpage

  • E-learning platform

  • Online marketplace

  • Onsight SE shop

Implementation steps

 OFA National employment Public Benefit Non-profit Ltd.

  • Basic sector analysis

  • Feasibility Study

  • Site visits by regional SE experts at SEs, mapping the development needs of the target group

  • Necessity based development services (personal consultancy, trainings, workshops, e-learning, networking and sales support etc.)

Key factors for success

 

  • Thorough and extensive sector analysis

  • Detailed assessment and analysis of the needs of the target group

  • Integration of good practices and experiences of former priority projects providing business support services to SEs

  • Regional network of SE advisors

  • Site visits by regional SE experts at SE

  • Regional offices operating as contact points for SEs

  • Direct and intensive relationships between the target group and the regional experts

  • Trust between the parties

  • Necessity based development services (personal consultancy, trainings, workshops, e-learning etc.)

Stage of implementation

Experienced

(Implemented and first experiences)

Implementation area

Hungary

Other tools suitable for combination

Any questions? Feel free to ask us!

Further information

Organisation

IFKA Public Benefit Non-profit Ltd.

Name

Jakab Áron

Mail

jakab@ifka.hu