UNIDO and Fondazione CRT’s RISE programme launch bootcamp

UNIDO and Fondazione CRT’s RISE programme launch bootcamp

TURIN, 27 November 2018 – Twenty-two social entrepreneurs, selected through a highly competitive and thorough selection process, have taken part in the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Fondazione CRT RISE programme.

RISE is the UNIDO and Fondazione CRT social entrepreneurship programme in the Euro-Mediterranean basin that accelerates selected youth-led enterprises, providing 12 months of technical mentoring and personal development; this year’s cohort of 22 participants comes from 15 countries (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey).

“This programme in partnership with the United Nations creates a community, anchored in peer-to-peer and intercultural exchange of experiences and best practices, that supports young social entrepreneurs to develop and grow their enterprises, that hold the potential of addressing the pressing challenges of our time”, said Massimo Lapucci, Secretary General of Fondazione CRT and Chair of the European Foundation Centre.

The programme kicked off with eight days bootcamp training in Turin, which brings together inspirational speakers, experts and trainers on key areas identified based on the needs’ assessment analysis of the twenty-two participants, which include business creation and development, fundraising, and social impact and measurement. The bootcamp will strengthen their understanding of social entrepreneurship and build their skills through business-focused sessions to further develop themselves as entrepreneurs as well as their enterprises. Following the bootcamp, participants will receive guidance and mentoring for 12 months to strengthen their enterprises and possibly to scale up both their venture and the generated impact.

“The Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals have brought about a paradigm shift and the demand for more sustainable consumption and production patterns that generate positive social impact. Therefore, social entrepreneurs, as the drivers of such change, need to be better recognized and supported and, through the RISE community, we are committed to creating a network of like-minded agents of change,“ said Dejene Tezera, Director of UNIDO’s Department of Agribusiness.

While the social enterprises selected cover a wide range of industries, including agro-industries, creative industries, green business, clean energy, and education, a focus was placed on their economic feasibility and the demonstrated social impact they can have. Only when ensuring that both pillars are sustainable, can social entrepreneurs achieve scalability of their enterprises as well as of their impact towards the achievement of the SDGs.

For further information, please contact:

Matteo Landi m.landi@unido.org

Fondazione CRT

Fondazione CRT is a private non-profit organization founded in 1991. For 25 years, it has been one of the "engines" of development and growth in Piedmont and the Aosta Valley (north-west Italy) in three main areas: Art and Culture, Research and Education, Welfare and Territory. It implements projects and resources in the promotion of the arts and cultural activities, the promotion of scientific research and training for young people, support for innovation and social entrepreneurship, assistance to people in need, the preservation of the environment, and the civil protection and first response systems. Particular attention is paid to internationalization, with the dual aim of strengthening local non-profit organizations through the opening to Europe and to the world and, at the same time, attracting new projects and resources to the area. Fondazione CRT also embraces the so-called active philanthropy approach, including venture philanthropy and impact investing.In 25 years of activity, Fondazione CRT has distributed resources totalling around 1.6 billion euro, which has permitted the realisation of over 38,000 interventions.