Project details

  Title: SETTLE – Social ‪‎Entrepreneurship‬ Training via icT Learning Environments
  Running dates: October 2015 – September 2017
  Programme: Erasmus+ KA2 | Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices | Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training.
  Identification number: 2015-1-UK01-KA202-013761


SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Social entrepreneurship is the attempt to draw upon business techniques to find commercially sustainable solutions to social challenges.

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR*: A social entrepreneur is a leader or pragmatic visionary who:

  • Achieves large scale, systemic and sustainable social change through a new invention, a different approach, a more rigorous application of known technologies or strategies, or a combination of these.
  • Focuses first and foremost on the social and/or ecological value creation and tries to optimize the financial value creation.
  • Innovates by finding a new product, a new service, or a new approach to a social problem.
  • Continuously refines and adapts approach in response to feedback.

*Definition of Schwab Foundation


Europe‘s financial crisis as well as challenges of the new society (environmental sustainability , ageing, social inclusion) have opened doors on socio-economic business model. The slogan “there is no economic growth and jobs creation without social entrepreneurship” launched the Commission’s Social Business Initiative. “The Social Business Initiative” (COM2011) aims to foster an enabling environment for the social economy, acting along three axes by increasing funding and easing access to funding, strengthening the reputation on the social sector, and rationalising the legal environment and cutting red tape. The European strategy also recommends that “Both young and established social entrepreneurs need to build the necessary skills to ensure that their business is well managed and can grow. The Commission therefore wishes to promote cross-fertilisation with innovative entrepreneurs and academic and research fields. This may take place in particular in the context of business incubators (for social start-ups). The few existing examples in these fields deserve to be supported and expanded. Social entrepreneurs should also be able to receive advice and support from other business leaders or bankers.”


In this context, SETTLE project aims to create a learning and training framework to promote social entrepreneurs competences and skills, contributing to the European 2020 strategy of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and new skills for new jobs strategy.

The project will be addressed to the following collectives:

  • New social entrepreneurs
  • New entrepreneurs
  • Social intrapreneurs (those who are interested in social corporative entrepreneurship)
  • Trainees and students
  • Trainers on social entrepreneurship
  • Trainers and lectures on business managements
  • Experts on social entrepreneurship and on entrepreneurship
  • Experts on key skills and competence development and definition
  • Experts on training/activities
  • Policy makers
  • Stakeholders

Intellectual outputs

From October 2015 to September 2017, six partners from UK, Austria, Germany, Greece, Spain and Lithuania will develop the following outputs:

  • Learning and training for social entrepreneurship. European approach
  • European learning pathway on social entrepreneurship
  • SETTLELab Open platform for learning on social entrepreneurship