Turkey Social Entrepreneurship Network Project is carried out within the scope of the EU Civil Society Sector Grant Scheme for Partnerships and Networks and under the coordination of Vehbi Koç Foundation and Koç University Social Impact Forum. The aim of the project is to measure the social entrepreneurship potential of civil society. The project is expected to last for 2 years. İstasyonTEDU Social Innovation Center is also one of the partners of the project.
Face-to-face interviews and consultations were organized in Van, Gaziantep, and Samsun in December 2018, in Kayseri and Bursa in January 2019, and in Muğla in February, to understand the potential of social entrepreneurship and the needs in the field with collaboration of civil society organizations, public institutions, entrepreneurship, and social entrepreneurship ecosystem actors. A comprehensive needs analysis report will be prepared on social entrepreneurship in the light of fieldworks.
Ashoka Turkey, Social Innovation Initiative Association, Innovative Solutions Association for Sustainable Development, Mosaic Foundation (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and the Social Enterprise UK (England) are other partners of the project.
Other objectives of the project are in the following:
-Social entrepreneurship training will be organized by Koç University for those who work in the field of social entrepreneurship and willing to improve themselves. New trainers will be trained throughout the country.
-An online platform will be created where stakeholders all around Turkey can establish a dialogue and create ideas of cooperation, be informed of the latest developments in the field, and reach reference sources of information.
-In order to improve the legal status of social entrepreneurs, informative workshops and round table meetings will be organized with legislators, government agencies, development agencies, and ecosystem actors.
-Successful social entrepreneurs will be able to convey their stories in the events that will bring social entrepreneurs together with the investors and citizens. Participants will also be able to meet foreign social entrepreneurs and strengthen their connections.
Turkey Social Entrepreneurship Network aims to create support mechanisms for the strengthening of social entrepreneurs and social entrepreneur candidates. In addition, it aims to facilitate the access of social enterprises to financial and non-financial investments by increasing the awareness of the private sector, particularly of financial institutions and public institutions, on social entrepreneurship.