Project «SocBizAccelerator»

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The "SocBizAccelerator" project, aimed at supporting Belarusian social enterprises in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and other modern challenges, started in June 2021. The goal of the project is to increase the financial sustainability of social entrepreneurs and the social effect through training, mentoring support and exchange of experience with local and foreign colleagues.

The project included two areas: training for representatives of social business and training of trainers as part of the system of support and development of social entrepreneurship.

The project participants, with the help of experienced practitioners, studied business diagnostic tools, learned how to assess needs and identify bottlenecks, find internal reserves for enterprise sustainability, and prepare an action plan to overcome the consequences of the crisis. Trainers trained to work with the diagnostic tool helped to expand the list of services provided to small and medium-sized businesses at the level of acceleration programs.

The project included, in particular:

  • Assessing the needs of social business against the backdrop of COVID-19 in different regions.
  • Three-day offsite intensive on diagnostics of social enterprises in bootcamp format. Experienced trainers and business practitioners helped to identify hidden risks and main problems for business development, identify growth points for further development and implementation of business strategies, new products and services with the help of project mentors.
  • Session for trainers from all regions of Belarus. Along with the diagnostics, the trainers gained knowledge about the methods of conducting business training, including the modular structure of training, building a thematic module, ways to increase the attention of participants, mini-lectures, building material, case methods.
  • 6 online workshops from successful social enterprises from Germany, Ukraine and Russia to share best practices and build new partnerships.
  • Mentoring for social innovation.
  • Access video tutorials and educational materials for entrepreneurs and trainers to further disseminate diagnostic practice.

Project "SocBizAccelerator" implemented by Dortmund MOC (Germany), non-profit organization ODB Brussels (Belgium), School "Social Entrepreneur" (Gomel, Belarus) and by the Belarusian non-profit organization Svet Dobra with the financial support of the German Foreign Ministry.


SocBizAccelerator started in June with an offsite bootcamp near Minsk, where teams diagnosed their enterprises and developed strategies to improve their business together with business coach, founder of the Zdes i Now group of companies Alexander Pankov. You can read more about this stage of the program in the articles of the participants:

The SocBizAccelerator project had several goals. The first is to help Belarusian social enterprises overcome the consequences of the covid crisis they faced in 2020. The second is to strengthen the local team of mentors who have their own experience of successful business, as well as an expert business vision. Also, within the framework of the program, each social business had its own mentor - and in close work, cooperation, it was possible to carry out business diagnostics as efficiently as possible and implement the planned changes. Mentors devoted 200 days to joint actions with social enterprises to improve the financial and social component.

What master classes were held for mentors, what main topics were of concern to experts and experts, read in the articles:

In order for Belarusian social entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs to get as much experience, ideas and inspiration as possible, the project organized five master classes with social innovators from the Eastern Partnership countries, Russia and Germany. You can read in detail about the master classes and also be inspired by the examples in the articles of the project partners:

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