RISE: Empowering Innovation, Inclusion, and Regional Impact with EU Support

Funded by the European Union, RISE enhances capacity in vocational education and training (VET) for the social entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Western Balkans. Key objectives include strengthening links between VET systems and local labor markets, empowering social entrepreneurs, and creating economic opportunities. The project focuses on improving the skills of local incubators through co-constructed methodologies, training sessions, and peer learning. Additionally, RISE fosters international cooperation, bridging France and Germany with the Western Balkans.


Coordinate the program and facilitate the dialogue between all partners

Steering Committees

Ensure project implementation aligns with objectives.

Programmatic Committees

Foster greater incubator ownership, allowing the framework to evolve for better entrepreneur support.

Risk & Quality Management Plan

Monitoring and evaluation tools for the Risk and Quality Management Plan

Co-construct pedagogical content on social entrepreneurship adapted to the Western Balkans

Methodological framework

Guidelines on training topics, coaching methodology, mentoring programs and community building

Guidebook on raising awareness

Development of a guidebook using design thinking tools to raise awareness on social entrepreneurship.

MOOC on social entrepreneurship

Offering a multilingual MOOC on social entrepreneurship hosted on an inspiration platform.


Collaboration and skills transfer between support structures of France and Western Balkans

Study Trip to France

Organization a 3-day study trip attended by 6 local incubator representatives.

Peer-Learning Exchange

Organization and attendance by local incubators of 6 peer-learning exchange sessions

Improve the pedagogical and technical skills

In-person Training Session

Organization of one in-person training on social entrepreneurship for local incubators

Online Training Sessions

Organization and attendance of 4 online training sessions on social entrepreneurship for local incubators

Methodology and Skills

Integration of the new methodologies and skills acquired in the 6 support programs of the Local Incubators


Co-construct and test tools on intercultural dialogue and gender sensitivity

A methodological kit on intercultural learning and gender

Foster intercultural learning for social entrepreneurs, raising awareness of its impact on social entrepreneurship projects

6-day hackathon mixing social entrepreneurship and reconciliation

Promote innovation in peacebuilding and reconciliation as a sector of social entrepreneurship

Increase the capacity of local incubators and VET trainers on interculturality

5 online training sessions on the integration of intercultural and gender components to the
methodological frameworks of local incubators are conducted and attended by 12 incubators
staff members

An Intercultural Learning and Regional Cooperation Working Group is established

Local incubators integrate intercultural and gender components to their support programs

Disseminate learning outcomes and tools on social entrepreneurship and reconciliation

A project communication strategy is created

Organization of one in-person training on social entrepreneurship for local incubators

An online promotion campaign is deployed

Including 6 newsletters, 8 videos and 50 social media posts to promote social entrepreneurship, reconciliation, and project results


Encourage cooperation among other actors of the region and convince of the relevance of social entrepreneurship

Demonstration days

3 cycles of 6 Demo Days are organized for networking and reinforcement of the entrepreneurial

Roundtable on social entrepreneurship

A regional roundtable on social entrepreneurship showcasing good practices in interculturality
and for dissemination of results is organized

Capitalization workshop

A capitalization workshop is organized in Paris at the end of the project

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