Academy for Social Entrepreneurs
The aim of the project ACE is to support the acquisition of new skills and competence for people in social organisations or social enterprises, on how to develop and manage a social enterprise. The project is funded through the European Programme Leonardo da Vinci Partnerships.

Expected outcomes:

  • More skills and competence within the field of social enterprise
  • Better knowledge on how to create and manage a social enterprise
  • Ideas on how social enterprising can be a solution to address social exclusion

The project has four partners from Sweden, England, Czech Republic and France.

Action with Communities in Rural Kent in England is a NGO working for the benefit of the rural community through different activities such as supporting the creation of social enterprises. Garage Moderne is a mechanical workshop working with work placements for long-term unemployed. Renarkon, Czech Republic, is a NGO working with drug abusers.

Together Basta, Rural Kent, Renarkon and Garage Moderne want to, through creating a European vocational training programme ”Academy for Social Entrepreneurs”, give new qualifications around developing and managing sustainable social enterprises, to people engaged in social organisations.

The program consists of four training modules, delivered by each partner organisation, and coloured by each partner’s way of working, its target group and its cultural setting. The four modules will be summarized in a European, grass root level, curriculum for on how to create and manage a social enterprise.


  • To create a learning partnership across organisational, cultural and European borders
  • To create a common curriculum for a grass root level vocational training program
  • To create a first level program based on four modules, with scope of transfer across Europe
  • To identify new ideas that can address social challenges
  • To create network links between partners
  • To empower staff and beneficiaries to become social entrepreneurs
  • To appoint 4 community business advisors that can further disseminate the idea of social enterprising

Kristina Blixt, Project co-ordinator
Phone: +46 8 552 414 00


Action with Communities in Rural Kent
Renarkon, Czech Republic
Garage Moderne