Social economy represents a relevant sector in Europe, with 2 million enterprises (10 % of all EU businesses) and 14 million paid employees, about 6.5% of the EU workers (EP, 2017). However, this beneficial impact is blocked by different factors. Among them we underline:

  • lack of awareness and recognition of social entrepreneurship,
  • a concrete lack of general entrepreneurship skills, models and work experience especially among young people (OECD/EC/2017),
  • lack of specialised training and education (EC, 2013).