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HOW DOES SOCIAL BUSINESS WORK IN MUNICH? USA GRADUATES PARTICIPATED IN ACT4IMPACT EXCHANGE

“Is social business different in the countries with different levels of economic development?” The participants of the ACT4IMPACT (Erasmus+) exchange tried to find an answer to this question. It was attended by social innovators from three countries: Ukraine (Ukrainian Social Academy), Germany (Starkmacher) and Croatia (UEZ – Udruga za ekonomiju zajednistva).

This time the exchange participants met in Munich to study the city’s ecosystem and explore the most interesting cases of social business. Social innovators learned about the programs offered by the Social Entrepreneurship Academy in Munich, the criteria for investing in social enterprises in the BonVenture fund, and also explored business initiatives during a social tour of the streets of Munich.

“I was able to see with my own eyes the various practices of social entrepreneurship. This gave me a better understanding of the mechanisms that help ideas turn into concrete projects. Each initiative is interesting in its own way. But the PULPO project aroused the greatest admiration. I think it is because he reminded me of my native UP LAB, I am a co-founder of it, we create clothes, accessories and interior items from recycled materials,” shares his impressions Andriy Volyk, a graduate of the USA.

PULPO is a joint project of a Munich social enterprise and a local artist. The idea is to recycle old bicycle tires. They are used for making exclusive bags and accessories. PULPO not only cares about the environment, but also employs former unemployed people and people in difficult life circumstances.

“I want to say thank you to the Ukrainian Social Academy for the opportunity to see foreign experience. I came back from Germany very motivated to make changes in my city and Ukraine ias a whole,” Andriy comments. The next country the project participants are going to visit is Croatia. We promise to tell you how social enterprises work in this country.

The Act4Impact project is funded by the European Commission. The publication reflects the views of the authors, and the Commission is not responsible for any use of the information it contains.