ELYSE project

Collected learnings from across Europe

Our European Learning for Youth in Social Entrepreneurship (ELYSE) project has harnessed the knowledge of social entrepreneurship experts across Europe, to create a toolkit that defines the best ways to support young social entrepreneurs. This is a collaboration across 5 countries, with UnLtd (UK), Social Enterprise Agency (Portugal), Project Ahead (Italy), Youth Business Poland, and CEDRA (Croatia). This work is generously supported by the EU and Erasmus+.

Youth Social Entprenreurship

At the outset of the project, it was already clear from the partners’ experience with young people aged 16-30 that:

  • Leading a social venture is a powerful personal development experience;
  • An early experience of social entrepreneurship can generate longer-term interest in social action;
  • Young people bring a distinctive and valued approach to engaging their peers in projects;
  • Young social entrepreneurship has potential to create significant economic and social benefits

The ELYSE project has enabled GSEN and its partners to set out what best practice looks like when supporting youth social entrepreneurship and lay out some key recommendations to help supporters facilitate more of it. With data and case studies our final report shares a general view of the state of youth social entrepreneurship as well as specific country perspectives.

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ELYSE Partners

This is a collaboration across 5 countries:

UnLtd (UK)

Social Enterprise Agency (Portugal)

Project Ahead (Italy)

Youth Business Poland

CEDRA HR (Croatia)


This project is generously supported by:

Supported by Erasmus

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