The objective of the training programme was to provide the most up-to-date knowledge in a simple and understandable way and to help participants (potential or current entrepreneurs to develop the necessary skills for both more efficient development and management of SEs, with an integrated approach to the subject of social entrepreneurship. The participants acquired the knowledge they needed in order to create their own SE or to work in SEs by maximising the social impact of their actions according to the contemporary challenges and needs of the business environment. The syllabus of the course was designed to meet the programme’s objective and to help participants move their mission forward by learning how to apply knowledge and skills in social entrepreneurship. After this training, participants were able to conceive, plan or further improve their own social ventures and maximise social impact. Successful completion was accompanied by a "Social Entrepreneur" Training Certificate.

The programme included five weeks of education and training activities. The core of the syllabus consisted of e-learning lectures (four weeks) as well as experiential learning opportunities (one week) though the lens of international case studies and real-case business challenges/projects of companies based in Greece and Bulgarian, on which the participants worked. For the needs of the programme, the advanced e-learning platform (OPEN eCLASS, course management system) of the university was used.  The training methods included:

  • video lectures, practice exercises, proposed, directed and self-managed study, research activities, followed by feedback given by the responsible professor;
  • weekly web discussions and reflection questions about the educational material;
  • study of real business challenges through case studies;
  • individual or group activities on a social problem or a chance of a social impact that interests the participants – development of a business plan.

Bulgarian participants were using e-class for the whole duration of the programme, while Greek participants joined class activities during the fifth week of the programme (due to proximity).  More specifically, weeks 1-4 of the programme included 22 video captured lectures (Greek) as well as supportive educational material (Bulgarian, English, Greek). The fifth week focused on experiential learning and was more relevant to practical application and the real needs of the market. It included not only workshops in which real business plans were developed, but also open discussions with social economy specialists, as well as analysis (diagnosis and proposals) of real case studies. Participants had to complete the assigned studying and be evaluated in the training material.

The programme included two training cycles.

  • The first cycle was held during December 2018 and included 60 registrations of Greek participants, 18 active learners and, upon completion, 18 graduates.
  • The second cycle included 40 registrations (15 Greek and 25 Bulgarian participants), 35 active learners and, upon completion, 33 graduates (8 Greeks, 25 Bulgarian).

According to the evaluation of the training cycles, almost all participants stated that, through this programme, they developed deeper critical thinking and knowledge on social entrepreneurship. Also, the educational material as a whole, the video lectures, the supportive educational material and the experiential learning, scored very high.


  • The main source of being informed about the program:
    internet 44.4%, 1st cycle | "other" 48.75, 2nd cycle
  • Intense desire to become social entrepreneurs
    83.3%, 1st cycle | 71.1% 2nd cycle

Knowledge and skills improvement

  • Up to dated knowledge related social to entrepreneurship: a good level of understanding
    83.3%, 1st cycle | 69.6%, 2nd cycle
  • Ability to plan and develop initiatives with social impact: good level of understanding
    83.3%, 1st cycle | 67%, 2nd cycle


Level of satisfaction 

  • Secretary support: high satisfaction
    77.8%, 1st cycle | 92%, 2nd cycle
  • Educational Material as a whole: high satisfaction
    83.3%, 1st cycle | 97.6%, 2nd cycle
  • Video Lectures: high satisfaction
    77.7 %, 1st cycle | 87.8%, 2nd cycle
  • Supportive educational material: high satisfaction
    84.3%, 1st cycle | 87.8%, 2nd cycle
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