The 16-month LearningTogether project financed by the Erasmus+ Programme is implemented by Brodoto (Croatia) and Social Business Hub Styria / SBHS (Austria) between 1 February 2023 and 31 May 2024. The project aims to increase knowledge and skills through peer-to-peer learning between the two organisations and thus raising capacities to better support innovative social entrepreneurs in their subsequent incubation programmes. This is done by a systematic exchange of knowledge in the areas each partner. SBHS provides its expertise in social innovation & entrepreneurship and Brodoto will share their knowledge on crowdfunding.

The first peer-to-peer session on the topic of crowdfunding took place on 6-7 March 2023 in Zagreb, Croatia and that was followed by two online sessions on 23 and 31 March 2023. In April, the focus of the knowledge transfer was shifted and social entrepreneurship peer-to-peer session was held in Graz on 20 April 2023 and after the topic was further discussed and analysed in the occasion of two online sessions. SBHS and Brodoto works closely together to support each other in implementing their incubation programme.

As a result of the LearningTogether project, SBHS is able to provide a thorough crowdfunding support and extend its workshop series in its impact incubation programme with this topic.

5 workshops were offered in the framework of the LearningTogether project in the incubation programme of Social Business Hub Styria.

Sclio wants to inspire children with the wonders of our world and open up new perspectives for them! With the Experimenterbox subscription, the startup fascinates children month after month with new topics from the natural sciences and technology. The team relies on the use of sustainable materials, a gender-appropriate design and a well-thought-out reuse concept. For an unforgettable childhood and the first step on the path to lifelong learning!

Bikes4Cargo wants to make urban freight transport efficient, sustainable and accessible with the help of electric heavy-duty bikes. In addition to sales, we are setting up a decentralized rental system to make emission-free transport available at a low threshold. Equipped with the latest photovoltaic technology, the cargo bikes will not only be self-charging in the future, but will also become part of the power grid.

Habitat Hartberg-Fürstenfeld provides simple and uncomplicated answers to EVERYONE who has questions in the social sector. EVERYONE can use the database and/or make personal inquiries via mobile phone, SMS, WhatsApp or email contact.
Habitat Hartberg-Fürstenfeld explores the socially and health-relevant offerings for communities, regions and doctors and brings together questions with individually tailored offers. This opens up additional resources and options to expand regional possibilities.

Dealing with diversity affects us all! Demographic change, labor shortages and excluded populations make inclusive systems indispensable. That’s why the team supports communities and companies based there through holistic awareness-raising, diversity advice and project support in their development into socially and economically inclusive places – impulse lectures, tailor-made training and needs-oriented projects around migration and diversity. And the target group becomes part of the solution!

Clever clothing for everyone – making better clothing affordable. NOBS Clothing offers high-quality clothing with well-thought-out cuts via crowdfunding campaigns and on-demand production. This business model saves costs in sales and avoids overproduction. This allows the team to reduce cost pressure in production, purchase sustainable raw materials,
produce them locally and offer them at a radically lower price.

Brodoto implemented based on the guiding framework of Social Business Hub Styria impact assessment workshop in the framework of their Crowdfunding Academy on 8 November 2023. Rüdiger Wetzl-Piewald and Kirsten Tangemann, experts of Social Business Hub Styria participated at the workshop and advised social entrepreneurs.

We have now SOCIAL ENTREPERENEURSHIP to listen to! The new podcast series about social entrepreneurship and the exciting topic of how we address the social challenges of our time with entrepreneurial solutions. Kirsten Tangemann and Rudi Wetzl-Piewald from Social Business Hub Styria, experts of a competence center for sustainable business that does not run at the expense of people and the environment. In this format, we regularly talk about how to put good ideas into business implementation and how their positive impact can change the world to make it a better place for everyone. We would also like to invite social entrepreneurs as inspiring examples of transformation in action and also talk to others who can contribute something fruitful to the topic.

This pilot episode was jointly produced with the crowdfunding expert of project partner Brodoto from Zagreb, Branimir Radaković, and is therefore realized in English. The first episode showcases two stories of social entrepreneurs experienced with crowdfunding: the founders of NOBS Clothing, Mario Holzlechner (Graz, Austria) and MIRET, Domagor Boljar (Zagreb, Croatia). No buzzwords, but a lot of passion and appreciation for everyone who contributes to this podcast.

What exactly is social entrepreneurship or social business? How does social business differ in relation to for-profit companies and non-profit organizations? And above all: who benefits from it and in what form? Experts of Social Business Hub Styria, Rüdiger Wetzl-Piewald and Kirsten Tangemann answer these questions and other topics in this episode.

In the 3rd episode we talk about the ecosystems that is necessary to promote the emergence and development of social enterprises at regional level. Who belongs to such an ecosystem? What form of support is necessary here? And what do we do at the Social Business Hub Styria to contribute to this?

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22 November 2023 Social Business Meet & Greet 2023