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EU-funded Project Awards Innovative Students Supporting Social Enterprises in Georgia

On 15 June, the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG) held an award ceremony for the winners of its annual “Students in Support of Social Enterprises” competition.

The competition was organised within the framework of the EU-funded “Social Entrepreneurship –Innovative Approach for Economic and Social Changes” project. This year’s competition is being held under the honorary patronage of the President of Georgia.

During the event, Yvonne Gogoll, Human Rights Focal Point at the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, remarked: “Social enterprises have the potential to have real social impact, especially when involving employees, consumers and other stakeholders. The European Union promotes the ideas of social enterprises, which are to combine societal goals with entrepreneurial spirit.”

The competition has been held annually since 2012. Its aim is to promote the concept of social entrepreneurship among young people, as well as to help social enterprises operating in Georgia through innovative, youth-led projects. 16 student teams were exposed to both theory and practice on social entrepreneurship through trainings and field visits, and the four groups of finalists each received GEL 1,500 to implement projects aimed at strengthening social enterprises.

The winning team received a travel grant to explore social entrepreneurship internationally, while all participating teams received prizes.