Prague Civil Society Centre / Impact Hub Yerevan / Sustainability Through Social Entrepreneurship

What: A workshop on social entrepreneurship followed by a funding competition

When & Where: Yerevan, Armenia – June 2020 (subject to change)
In light of the global coronavirus outbreak, it is possible that this event may have to be postponed or moved online. We will follow the situation and inform participants of any changes.

Organizers: The Prague Civil Society Centre and Impact Hub Yerevan

Languages: English and Armenian (participants will give their presentations in English and mentoring sessions will be held in Armenian)

Who: Up to 15 organizations will be chosen to participate.

What the Program is About

Are you a member of a non-profit, civil society organization or independent media outlet in Armenia with an idea for a social business that can boost your sustainability? The Prague Civil Society Centre and Impact Hub Yerevan invite you to submit your idea and apply for a workshop on social entrepreneurship followed by a funding competition.

What to Expect

The aim of the program is to help civil society organizations working to promote democracy, human rights, rule of law, good governance and civic participation to develop a social business idea that will boost their sustainability. All kinds of non-profits, civic associations and independent media are also eligible to apply.

Participants will work with mentors to refine their business model and practice pitching it to potential investors. Following the workshop, selected participants can compete for start-up funding for their social business idea from the Prague Civil Society Centre. Established social businesses connected to the aforementioned entities can apply for additional investment as well. Read about last year’s program here.

Schedule

One day preparation meeting: mentors will present different methods for building a business model and discuss the principles of effective project and product management.

Workshop (3 days): In-depth, intensive mentoring on business models, storytelling and pitching techniques, presentation of pitches and feedback.

After the workshop: Based on the feedback received at the workshop, participants will submit proposals for their social business to the Prague Civil Society Centre in a funding competition.

Who Should Apply?

Your organization is encouraged to apply if:

– You have an idea for a social business that will contribute to the sustainability of your civil society organization supporting social good or directly contribute to your social mission.

– You want to take your idea to the implementation stage. You want to learn more about social entrepreneurship from experts in the field.

– You are looking for a funding opportunity for your social business.

How to Apply

Please only submit one application per organization. Selected organizations can choose up to two representatives to participate in the program.

Fill in the application form by May 15, 2020.

Prague Civil Society Centre and Impact Hub Yerevan