Zavod 14 is pleased to present a case study survey on Social Entrepreneurship in Slovenia, supported by Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF).The concepts of social enterprise and social entrepreneurship are rapidly attracting increased attention in academic spheres and from policy-makers, as well as field workers who are setting up new initiatives or reshaping their organizations. These concepts are perceived as defining innovative and dynamic responses to major global challenges in today’s societies. The debate about social enterprise is now world-wide, with lively exchanges between American and European scholars. However, the research and landscapes still differ significantly in different regions, and diversity also exists within specific regions such as Europe.

The main goal of the research project was to analyse the theoretical framework as well as the situation in the field regarding social entrepreneurship in the European Union and specifically in Slovenia, a young EU member. The empirical part was prepared on the basis of numerous site visits, both in Italy in Slovenia. The range of sources of evidence was used to investigate the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the Slovenian social entrepreneurship and to form the recommendations for enhancement and promotion of social entrepreneurship in Slovenia.

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